Happy Anniversary

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A year ago today, I began this blog. Filled with excitement and determination, I declared to the blogosphere my decision to pursue my writing. Every week for the past year, I have written at least two blog posts, and as I have gotten used to that minor discipline, I have found it much easier to put my thoughts in writing.

I also began writing once a month for my hometown newspaper The Hinsdalean. Having come up with all kinds of ideas for blog posts has made it easy to find subjects for my column as well.

There have been failures and frustrations. One is that I have fallen off from daily work on my memoir. Doubt has crept into the process, and I feel certain what I have written is nothing but garbage. Today is a good day to recommit to the process. If you are a writer, I highly recommend Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. I think it might be time for me to revisit that wise book of advice for artists.

The one thing I am proudest of, however, is that I have ventured out into the public sphere with my own beliefs and opinions. I have tried to be as authentically me as I can be. If that is one of the goals of life, then I am on my way.

Thank you, readers, for taking the time to hear me out. I love getting comments, both here and on Facebook. And I look forward to sharing a part of myself with you in the year to come.

Who Am I?

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In Lewis Carroll’s beloved book Alice in Wonderland, the title character says, “How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another.”

This statement perfectly expresses my feelings about trying to describe myself. Having recently committed to the writing life and starting my blog on WordPress, I find my ideas veering wildly in content and style. I would like to categorize my blog for like-minded readers, but I am not yet sure what I want it to be about.

I have been at home caring for my four children for the past 23 years, but strangely, very few of my posts concern parenting. Instead I have been exploring the world outside my safe and comfortable home. I love observing the small occurrences of daily life, sometimes with humor and sometimes seriously. I care deeply about issues such as education, spirituality and social justice. I admire courageous people who make a difference in the world. And I am just plain opinionated and want to share (vent?) those thoughts with a wider audience than my poor family and close friends.

My hope for my writing is that it will spark a thought or dream in a reader – and that that small seed of an idea might bear fruit in a beautiful way somewhere, someday.