Hello readers and Happy New Year. I hope 2015 has already started well for you. So far, it’s been pretty good to me. Nothing amazing has happened but nothing bad has happened either…so I count that as good. I haven’t been writing much in the past month but, between festivities, I’ve been working hard on the look of my blog. Over the years it has gone through many changes (as long time readers would know only too well). I have a wide variety of things that I like and enjoy and I don’t like to stick to only one look for a long time. It’s not that I’m not happy with each look, I just get inspired by new things often. I’ve also never really had the time or the software to create a look that really encompasses who I am. Many people use blogs to display their art. In many ways my blog IS my art and I want it to reflect that.
Since I was a kid, I’ve tried many forms of creative activities and I could say, until recently, I’ve been a Jack of all trades, master of none. I can look at many of the people I know and tell them exactly where their strengths lie but I’ve always had difficulty seeing my own strengths and where I should focus them. I always knew they lay in creativity but how I could specifically put my combined abilities into practice, I had no idea. Clearly, writing was one form and I’ve been working diligently and relatively routinely on honing that skill over the past seven years. I don’t have a novel to show for it yet, but it’s halfway there! The other skills I have include artistic, photography, and computer. One day, as I was fiddling around with making a blog banner for a friend of mine, a light suddenly came on. Desktop publishing! That, right there, was where my strengths merged and I decided that this, along with writing, was where I was going to focus my efforts. Since then (then being this fall), I have designed a website for another friend, a Facebook banner for the same friend, business cards for another friend, and a blog, Facebook, and Twitter banner for myself. This was all between job searching, completing NaNoWriMo, Christmas/New Year’s and my day-to-day parenting activities.
I’ve always admired people who figured out early in life what they wanted to “be”. I am discovering, though, that there are a lot of people my age who, like me, are just discovering themselves or, at least, finally taking the steps to do what they really want to do in life. It’s not a midlife crisis but rather an awakening caused by the convergence of experience, wisdom, and confidence. It’s an exciting time when the big light finally goes on and you can move forward toward your goals. Sometimes you have to work a day job and do the studying on your own time, but it feels so good just to be doing it at all. I’m looking into programs and courses that will help me progress even faster but I find that just by practicing and researching on my own, I’m learning so much and it’s FUN!
SO…all that to say…welcome to my latest new look. I hope to provide you with some reasons this year to come back often.
Until next time…