This year flew by: Third Year Anniversary (2018)
This year flew by: Third Year Anniversary (2018)
Just stopping by to say I’m still blogging!
I’ve slowed down a bit and really miss my connection with all of you. I miss my creative flow too! So, if you stop by and don’t see any recent posts, please, please don’t give up on me. I will be back!
Some good things going on in my life are visiting the beautiful Shenandoah National Park and taking fantastic photos.
And I’ve been doing some sketching while relaxing on a friend’s back porch that overlooks a natural pond. He has birds building their nests in his Boston Ferns (and also in the birdhouse). There’s a Blue Heron that visits down by the water’s edge and we’re hoping to get a pic of him so I can try a sketch.
I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. It’s a great time to take a break from social media and enjoy the great outdoors.
That’s Me in the Middle with my two brothers, J. and R. I’m the official middle child in my family of five siblings. This is the story of my journey in the middle of my awesome and challenging life and you can read more by going to my “About” page”.
Three years later and I’m amazed at how much satisfaction I’ve gotten from blogging and how much my posts have expanded into wonderful experiences and meeting wonderful bloggers.
My initial intention was to put my life story down in writing, the good and the bad, and from it to see all the life lessons along the way. I did that! I wrote and I wrote and I wrote until I had Eight Chapters.
Looking over the first year really gave me confidence. One of the major influences in making the transition from Pages to Blog was the A to Z Challenge 2016. I used it as a way to bring together all the lessons learned through my life. It was a real purging and letting go of the past. So, what a difference a year makes!
And then my blogging became a once a week commitment for the 2nd and 3rd year. Along with following my favorites on WordPress Reader, I also took on mini-challenges. A few of those challenges are included here:
Recently, I began to tackle going through about 500 old emails. It was a long time coming and a task I put off as ‘boring’.
I set out to put them in categories ~ letting go of people, places, experiences and events that have moved into the past; treasured photos/conversations worth keeping; and emails that inspire great blogging/writing materials. It spanned over the last three years!
Deletes upon arrival are chain emails that, once scanned over, rarely hold my interest. Most political campaign emails receive the same fate. I’ve been overwhelmed by them. I once received the advice that you can usually get the gist of what’s in a political email by scanning the first paragraph. It’s true!
Interesting stuff that fell into the ‘great blogging and writing materials’ were abundant:
A few years back I took a leap and signed up for Match.com. My online adventures proved to be a positive trip overall. I met a number of nice men and had nice encounters with them. A few are still friends. A few were bizarre! We’re all up in the 70’s-80’s age group and have a revised set of needs compared to the younger groups. I’m no longer a paying member yet still get emails from Match offering me deals to come back. Even though I’ve removed my photo and personal profile, I’m still getting emails that say “You’ve been checked out 3 times!” “He emailed you!” “You have six unread emails!” Oops, I just got another one ~ “Flash Sale* 60% Off Just For You!” Revisiting the old emails from contacts on Match was fun! (Don’t worry, gentlemen, your privacy is secure! ❤ 🙂 ) Lots of good insights were gained for possible sharing through blogging.
Another set of emails to be saved for blogging are the Enneagram Types. We each fall into all personality types to a lesser or greater degree. It was fun exploring this through Richard Rohr’s series on the topic. I’d like to explore it further if time allows.
And then there’s the emails on art classes and writing classes in the area. I’ve signed up for a ‘Memories to Memoir’ course to help me jog my memory for great childhood experiences to share with my grandchildren.
So there it is …………… a bit about my tackling and purging emails from my Gmail account. If you haven’t guessed already, I’ve reached a point of not knowing what to blog about this week. The summer’s coming to an end and I’m preparing for a Fall and Winter of indoor activities. Happy Blogging my friends!
I have an idea!
While looking for a new inspiration in my posts. I picked up Anne Lamott’s book ~ Bird by Bird ~ “Some Instructions on Writing and Life”. One idea she had was to write short assignments ~ about as much as you can see through a one-inch picture frame.
“It reminds me that all I have to do is to write down as much as I can see through a one-inch picture frame. This is all I have to bite off for the time being. All I’m going to do right now, for example, is to write that one paragraph that sets the story in my hometown, in the late fifties, when the trains were still running. I’m going to paint a picture of it, in words ………………”
Writing is a new past-time for me in the recent years. In the past, I’ve sat down to write for a class assignment, create an essay here and there or send off a Letter to the Editor now and then. Life kept me very busy and many experiences took priority over really delving into the art of writing.
Creating this blog a few years back really got me motivated. I set out to write my story with the main focus being my journey through a particular event that altered my life, for better and worse. Then I got hooked on blogging and have kept up with a post every week.
My blogger friends will all agree that keeping the ideas flowing and creating a daily or weekly post isn’t always easy. So my idea is to follow Anne’s advice. My intent is to write short essays about my growing up years, beginning with looking through a one-inch picture frame. It should be fun!
My first short assignment will be writing for five minutes about as much as I can see looking through a one-inch picture frame of school lunches at my parochial school during the early fifties.
~ To Be Continued Next Week ~
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