I’ve been blogging for almost nine years, though the last two didn’t have the regularity of the prior years. Since many readers have left and I’m still feeling my way back into a regular writing practice, I feel like I’m back at the beginning blogging. I’m not. When I began blogging, I was a married, 35 year old stay at home mom of two kids under 3. Now, I’m a married, 43 year old quasi school librarian with a 3rd grader and 6th grader. A lot has changed, and I’m thinking it has for you, too.
Here’s some more about me. I love all colors, though I’m drawn to the color yellow most often. Dusty rose is a second runner up. I read a ton, though right now I’m focused on quality over quantity. I don’t play favorites. Favorite movie, favorite book, favorite food…those are all impossible declarations for me because I go through phases. I also don’t reread or rewatch often, which in my mind is a requirement for something to be a favorite. I loved the movies The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, DogFight, and Contact. I loved the books Persuasion, Eleanor and Park, Love in the Time of Cholera, and the DarkFever series.
I despise root beer. My least favorite phrase on earth is “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to get permission.” That’s a quote attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, and I hate it. I hate it, hate it, hate it! People who say they live by that quote fancy themselves mavericks, rebels, and boundary pushing thought leaders. Really, they’re entitled asshats. I have yet to meet one person who has used that phrase to excuse behavior that benefited anyone other than themselves.
In real life I’ve been described as bubbly, quirky, rational, and opinionated. It’s hard for me to trust my instincts. I write well, but suck and computers and get overwhelmed with technology. I think most bloggers are annoying. I once went to a conference, looked around the room, and decided I disliked almost everyone there just on principle. I’m insecure. I will always be that awkward, shy girl you knew in high school. Tangentially related: I’m super bummed that high school never ends. I wish someone would have warned me.
I left the practice of law because I lacked work-life balance. I find myself in the same position now. I want to be a better wife and mother. I feel stretched too thin. I’m trying to cut things out, rework our schedule. I want to be that woman who practices yoga regularly and drinks green tea before her morning hike. I keep trying.
Which brings me to the last thing about me. I’m cautiously optimistic.
How about you?
p.s. I haven’t written here for so long that my spam comment plugin is in overdrive. That should improve as I write more. I’m taking comments out of spam as I get them, so don’t let that discourage you from commenting. I’ve deleted an old plugin, switched to something new, and am trying a new comment plugin. Let’s see if that works! I’d love to hear from you.