During my year-long break from blogging, I have learned that life events are actually teachers and we miss out on valuable class time if we don’t sit in the quiet of our experiences to learn both during the good times and the not so good.
Looking back on the last year, I realize that I feel more like myself at this point in my life than I have in the past decade. I have so much I want to share with you, but I suppose I’ll leave you with a short status update for now, and begin once again sharing my work, life lessons, and handmade finds as per usual in the near future. Let’s go with a handful of bullet points to get you up to speed, shall we?
* I’m embracing my semi-new role of single supermom! I won’t paint you an overly-contrived story of sunshine and rainbows (Where is the authenticity in that?), but I am…happy. Ridiculously so.
*I took the children to Fort Walton Beach early in the summer, introduced Connor to his first concert in OKC and have cultivated a love of hiking in all three of us. Priscilla can walk a half-mile trail all by herself, in fact! (That’s the equivalent of a mile and a half in toddler strides, don’t you think?!)
*Simply Handmade ceased publication entirely a few months ago and all of Northridge Publishing’s titles went to a digital format. I dearly miss being the Editor of that magazine. So, if you know of any magazines which are hiring…
*I moved, though I’m still in Northwest Arkansas.
*I turned 30! Starting a new decade was very symbolic for me. (More on that later.)
*I’m healthier and have lost a significant amount of weight which had crept on over the years. I started doing low carb about a year ago, I work out more, hike weekly and am signing up for a 5K with my sister-in-law in a couple of months. I’m not quite ready to share my journey of physical change with you, but I will be at some point once I have met a few more goals. Cool?
That pretty much sums it up! You know, after not blogging on a regular basis here at my personal blog for a year, it feels great to be writing again for me. It feels great to be genuine and not worry as much about one’s public persona or personal brand. It seems harder to connect with others when there is this self-created barrier of a nonsensical and unrealistic image we feel we should meld to. We are who we are. We like what we like. We do what we do. Authenticity breeds connection like never before. If we tap into our Higher Self and stay true to the individual God created us to be (And stop worrying about the rest!), then people, situations and amazing opportunities which align with our passions and who we really are have a tendency to appear in our life. The things that don’t align seem to fall by the wayside more often than not. It’s part of the journey. And that is okay.
And, I’m back.
I have missed you.What have you been up to during the last year?