Monday, March 21, 2011

Word for 2011

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!
5 hours!
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.
Late at night, In the wee hours of the morning I have my insecurities.
I've never been this public about my trials and mistakes.
Yet, I know I will wake in the to my writing space....and one sweet person will have left a comment.
That's all it takes, and it will encourage me.
To try.
To fail.
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!



  1. What a sweet post. I created my blog almost 3 years ago and my goal was never to make money or have readers but just to write. My husband loves to go back and read blogs from over 2 years ago and say "I'm so glad you started the blog", it is the history of our life. I love that I found yours!

  2. Blogging is a great creative outlet.

    I had to laugh over your banner story. When I tried to make my own button it took me basically all day. So I know where you're coming from!

  3. I love your new banner, by the way. And I totally know what you mean about spending forever just trying to set up the blog. Every now and then, I try again to figure out how to make a single page listing all my book reviews, but then I get bogged down in confusion and give up again. One day!

    I can also relate to your "why do I do this?" question. Like you, I created my blog with no plan to become an "A" list blogger or to make money. But also like you, I find that the fact of having a blog helps me continue my quest to discover the best parts of me.

    Have fun, and get some sleep!

  4. I am your newest follower and I love your blog. I have to say I have not made any banners or buttons yet. Yes, I am a slacker.

  5. I think every blogger is driven by the need to create- some more through pictures, and others more through words, but we all need that space that is just our own. Love what you're creating over here. And no one else can create the same thing- this is your story. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. I still don't have a banner! LOL
    But in all honesty, I can truly relate. Creating is a constant compulsion, always has been. It's just too bad the only time is in the wee hours. Although, I used to refer to the wee hours as my creative distractions left me open to lots of inspiration and swirlings of ideas. Looking forward to more of your creativity. :)

  7. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this on News from Your Nest today! I agree that blogging is a great way to create. If I had to pick a word theme for 2011 it would be Grow.

  8. My word would be Enjoy. Part of the reason that I created my blog was to document all of the little moments in my kids' lives. I want to enjoy it all. Not just the big moments.

  9. Beautiful post! I am always amazed at how fast the clock ticks when I am redesigning my blog (I think it took my 3 days using Corel PaintShop Pro - way over my head!) The writing is the easy part - it's all the rest that sucks up so much time!

    -stopping my from m3lb link-up

  10. I just subscribed to your feed. And then \i realized you posted five times today. I can't even post five times a month. I won't be able to keep up, I'm sure. But glad you're here anyway.


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