In January, when I first started to get serious about maybe creating a blog, I did some exploring.
I found the idea of choosing a "Word of the Year" and claiming it for my own.
Loved. This. Idea.
The word I chose?
What was I thinking!?!
I have spent hours trying to create this blog.
Hours that should be used taking care of my family. I'm embarrassed to admit that it took about 5 hours just to learn how to make a banner on Picasa 3!
I could have cleaned a closet and made a gourmet dinner in that time.
The banner didn't even turn out the way I wanted. (whine)
Of course the gourmet dinner might not have either so that's a coin toss as to which was the better use of my time.
Seriously, I am wondering why I have become so devoted to this little blog.
I'm not trying to make money or collect 1000 followers.
(although I must admit I do love me some followers!)
So why am I doing this?
I guess I just took the circular way back around to the word.
I feel as if there are some things, and I'm still discovering them, that I need to express.
Whether this be through writing, photos, designs, or home decor it seems to feed something.
Something inside of me that has been quiet for a long time.
Looking back I suppose it was quiet because I was directing my energy elsewhere....primarily small children.
Now that my children are older they don't appreciate my butterfly sandwiches, Thankful Turkey displays, and splatter pictures quite as much.
My creativity needed another outlet.
Hence, this blog.
I've never been this public about my writing...my feelings...my trials and mistakes.
Yet, I know I will wake in the morning....run to my writing space....and one sweet person will have left a comment.
That's all it takes, and it will encourage me.
To get back up.
To create again.
Because there is one thing I have learned for sure during this small time I've spent in Blogging World.
People I have never met can make a difference in my life.
They are the ones who have made me laugh and cry...
Through their stories... their encouragement...their lives.
"They" is really you.
The you that is reading this right now.
Thanks for showing this little blog some attention and giving it some love.
I'm happy to give it right back at ya!
With all of you around me I feel as if I can really live 2011 while honoring my word.
Even if my attempts don't come out the way I visualize...
I will carry on...
I will create...and
I will get to bed before 3 AM....but it's going to be close!
Sweet dreams.... xoxo
How about you? Do you have a word for 2011?
I know! I know! It's March already.
But it's still not too late to start.
What would your word be?
I would LOVE to know!