When someone starts a new blog, their reasons are usually clear: they have something in particular they want to share. That’s me…sort of. I do have something to share. The problem I have is that it’s not just one particular something. This is not specifically a food blog (although I love to eat), nor is it a tell-all about breathing (because most people know how to breathe), and it’s definitely not a journal (yet I can imagine sometimes what I might write may sound like it). It’s a combination, a way of helping me to focus on my creativity and writing. I wonder if this is too much for one blog? Yet, when I think of separating them into three entirely different blogs, I get overwhelmed. Each of these subjects mean so much to me that I want to bring them all together.
Primarily, I’m doing this blog for me, a place to capture my thoughts, my experiences, my experiments. If others can benefit from what I learn, I’m incredibly happy. I can’t promise it will always be light reading. I already have some ideas of things to write that won’t be easy reading, or writing for that matter. I also have some incredibly delicious recipes to share! What I’m hoping is that my blogs will be thought-provoking and useful…to me and to others. I’m on a journey in which I hope to improve my writing, really embrace a gluten-free/allergy-free lifestyle, and have a daily reminder to just take a moment to breathe. Each of these seem easy, I’m sure. How hard is it to write? How difficult can it be to eat gluten-free if it’s the only way you can be healthy (I have Celiac Disease)? And really, who needs to be reminded to take a moment to breathe when it’s an automatic body response?
What’s hard about these three things for me is this: I lack discipline and my natural response is to rebel against things that either I might be good at (no matter how much I like it) or must do (because who likes getting told you can’t have something you’ve always loved?). I started on this blog at the beginning of the year and what I have is a bunch of ideas but I haven’t shared many things. To give this effort the proverbial kick in the pants, I’ve signed up for a 31 Day Blogging Challenge (www.31daysblogchallenge.com). Today is Day 1 and it’s taken me six hours to get up the nerve to write this blog, to let you know that I’m doing this, to now be held accountable. Nervous and excited, I am forging ahead.
What I have to remember is that this is not a race but a journey and my goal is to be more disciplined in each of these things. Learning ways to improve as I go along. Learning how to tune out the negative energy, both internal and external. Learning how to listen to what I need and want, putting myself first. It will all come with time. I’m hopeful that you will stick around on this journey with me because I’d welcome the chance to share my ideas and stories with you.