Me in the Middle of My Third Year Anniversary

An Introduction

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”.

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❤  022 - John, Me and Rich

~ And that was the beginning ~

 

 

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.

One Year Anniversary

What a Difference a Year Makes (Here)

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:

GUEST BLOGGERS

KINDNESS CHALLENGE

LESSONS LEARNED

MEMORIES TO MEMOIRS

ONE-INCH PICTURE FRAME

SIX-WORD STORY

MY ETSY SHOP

#MLSTL ~ MidLife Blog Share

 

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Me in the Middle of Purging Old Emails

 

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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!

Email #2

Oh No!!!  They’re Back!!!!

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Me in the Middle of a One-Inch Picture Frame

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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.

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“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 ………………”

Anne Lamott

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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.

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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 ~

 

 

Me in the Middle of the Kindness Challenge 2017

 

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Color Your World With Kindness

2017 Kindness Challenge Sign-up!

Sign-up is open for the 2nd annual Kindness Challenge! Click on the photo to be redirected to the sign-up page! Last year we had over 80 participate and focus on kindness for 7 weeks. The rules are minimal and simple-

  • You don’t have to be a blogger to join
  • One reflection post a week
  • Take it at your own pace

If you want to focus on increasing the kindness in your life and the world around you, I encourage you to join. You’ll get a prompt a week to focus on one topic to cultivate kindness along with practical exercises to incorporate it into your life.

Challenge start date- May 7th, 2017

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Please share this post with those in your circles. The more people we have focusing on kindness the better! I also encourage you to get a group together. Maybe a few coworkers, friends, family members, a mom’s group, fellow creatives, whoever you like!

To see last year’s challenge, clickhere to see an example of a challenge prompt post.

Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

I’m trying!  I really am!

My niece introduced me to Snapchat at a family get-together and I got to go on a Snapchat visit when she snapped this pic of me and my sister.  I love it!!  I even cropped the picture to use as my profile pic on Facebook.  And I know it was the first and last visit to Snapchat that I’ll ever make.  🙂

I’m really trying to understand social media.

It might be just a ‘January Slump’.  I’m finding myself annoyed that I’ve lost hours just scrolling through Facebook.  It seems the aftermath of Election 2016 has  slowed down the enthusiasm for Facebook.  Is it just me?  Or is there anyone else out there who’s finding less postings and interaction?  Are we getting burned out?

 I love Facebook for the connection to my sons and families.  I like it for the news feed that gives me my favorite FB Pages every day.  The fact that I can take an art journaling workshop online and connect with other artists from all over the world is amazing!  I belong to the Artists’ Journal Workshop Facebook Page and connect with 22,689 other artists.  This is all good.  

The only other social media I’m using is Blogging on WordPress.  This month I’ve got writer’s block and I’m determined to stay with my commitment of a post each week.  It’s getting tough!  I’ve been blogging for a year now and have loved this experience!  I’ve met some amazing people on WordPress and learned a lot of positive things from their posts.  What do you do when you’ve reached a slump?  Is it just because I’m moving in another direction right now?  Anyone have any suggestions for Blog Challenge Hops to fill in until I get back my groove?

I’m trying!  I really am!

This Love/Hate thing I’ve got going on with social media has got me wondering.  Am I balancing my life and using social media to serve my goals or is social media hooking me with the same addiction that watching too much TV can do?  …. Or having your nose buried in a book or newspaper can do?  Doesn’t anything become a numbing addiction if we don’t know enough to stop, look up and get out there and experience real life?

“You have a finite existence and a set number of days………………………”

Look Up