Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's a New Day!

Okay, I think I'm over my New Year's Bloggy Identity Crisis!

I have a problem where my mind is frequently over-active and dreams up way more ideas than I could ever follow through on. I have to be careful not to feel like I'm failing when I can't keep up with my ever-running, unrealistic idealism. Especially so when my health dictates my activity level.

I'm inspired by many blogs I read regularly. Some showcase amazing photos. Some share delicious recipes. Some are homeschoolers who have good ideas and seem to be way more accomplished than we are. Some are great writers. Some are incredibly creative and crafty. Some decorate their home just like I would if I had the money or the 2-story farmhouse I dream about. I'm encouraged and inspired by them in so many ways. However, enjoying them can easily lead to comparing or wishing that I could blog like "that". I have to reign myself in and remind myself that my blog is just that - MY blog. It should portray who I am and what I do and nothing else. No worried about what it isn't.

I really do enjoy blogging.  It's a good outlet for my wandering thoughts, a place to post photos, a way to connect with others, and a way to reach out of the somewhat small boundaries of this mom who is home a lot with her kids. I've met some kindred spirits in blog-land. Those are the reasons I began blogging, and the reasons I will continue. I guess I just needed to re-focus.

I also remembered this week something that my favorite Bible study author and teacher, Beth Moore, once said. She said that God wants us to turn our miseries into ministries.  That is one way He redeems our trials. With that in mind, I'd like to blog about my trials and what I've learned from them as I feel inspired, hopefully in a way that is encouraging to others and also honoring to God.

So here's to a new year of blogging and living and learning.  Thanks for coming along with me on my journey!


Mom said...

YEAH!!!! Thank you for keeping this up. I really do enjoy reading what you have to say, but especiallly the way you say it. You do have a great gift.

Love you,
Mom XO

Chris said...

Thanks Mom!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it grand when focus returns:)

Nancy said...

I'm glad that you're keeping the blog up too, and that you've made your peace with the normal ebb & flow of being able to keep up with things because of fibro. I know that I get really frustrated with myself sometimes too and feel like tossing in the towel, but I'm always glad for the little bit that I'm able to post later on.

Hang in there, bloggy friend.

Uncle Stevie said...

I have a lot of dreams too! Active dreams that I can remember. Crazy! Glad to see you are back on the blogesphere. Is that even a word?

Chris said...

Thanks Nancy and Vonda for your encouragement!

Steve, I didn't mean night/sleeping dreams, but dreams as in goals or ideas of things I'd loved to do. :) And yes, I've seen the word blogosphere used before!

Sara K. said...

Yay!! Yesterday I was thinking about you and your "blog dilemma" during my QT... so I'm glad to hear you have sorted through your thoughts and found peace with where you're at and the direction you want to go! :)