Welcome to a new & improved
It has been 6 months since I've updated my blog and all I can say is that I am sorry about that. But, I'm not necessarily apologizing to you (no offense). I'm forgiving myself for all of the detours I've taken from one of the things that I love to do most of all - writing.
I don't believe in signs but I do believe that things happen for a reason. There are two things that recently happened to convince me to start blogging again.
First, I took a class on blogging. At work, we have been playing around with the idea of creating a blog. Our attempts have been well received but - like many blogs - it went unattended. I wanted to find out about best practices and how to use blogs to be both a resource and a personal connection to our community. But, I was also secretly hoping it would be just the push I needed to write again.
By the end of class, I was so excited about blogging again that I went home and put my new skills to use. (How do you like my new template?).
The next day, I opened my mailbox to find O magazine and the theme for the month is "What Is Your True Calling?" Normally, I don't have the time to read O magazine cover to cover but I devoured this issue. It spoke to me as if I had my own personal coach. I've been reading the articles over and over again, but my favorite one is written by personal coach and writer, Martha Beck.
She wrote about the GPS in her car. When she gets lost, her GPS adjusts itself to show her how to get where she is going with a soothing tone creating a stress-free environment. You never hear a GPS say - "you idiot, where are you going?" And we should never hear those words in our own minds either. In her article, she encourages all of us to listen to our inner GPS, stop punishing ourselves for not following our hearts, and find our true calling. It's good advice and I'm taking it!
So, I'm back to blogging and I'm so happy about it! This blog is purely personal, but I'm hoping to branch out to blogging in my professional life and other writing pursuits. Writing is not a chore for me. It brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction. It is a calling. It is even more enjoyable when others respond with comments to my posts. It is nice to know that I'm not just writing for my own enjoyment. LOL! My next goal is to find a focus for my blog. Right now, it will be random "slice of life" posts, but I hope it will be much more than that - someday.