I read a lot of blogs and have noticed a recurring theme, a number of the bloggers I follow have started to question why they write a blog - are they based on reality or are we painting a perfect picture of life that doesn't really exist. Are we true to ourselves or are we trying to please the people who follow our blogs. When we read blogs do we envy the perfect life portrayed or do we see it for what it really is - which I think is just a tiny snap shot of some of the interesting and fun things that happen. I share the things I’m comfortable with and feel happy to put in print. I don't want to share that my skirts are getting tight, my electricity bill is sky high or I'm having a bad day with my health.
I have reflected on why I write my blog, for me my blog is a great reminder that I do achieve things. Due to ill health I no longer have a busy full time career and some days it's hard to feel that I really accomplish anything of value. I loved my job and it gave me a great sense of worth, of doing a job well, of seeing positive results, achieving success and receiving feedback. My life now is very different but I am very lucky to have such a loving family, three daughters who I adore and six grandchildren that bring an abundance of joy into my life.
When I was younger and didn't work full time I was a very hands on mum, loved cooking, craft, in fact I dabbled in all sorts, I helped at the children's play school, I listened to children read at Primary school, I even baked for a local shop. As the children grew my career began to take off and by the time the children left home I was working in senior management, working very long hours, in quite a stressful environment. As you can imagine my creative side became dormant.
Since leaving work I’ve been able to rekindle my love of all things creative; I started to knit again, re-learnt how to crochet and even got my sewing machine out. If you follow my blog you will know how much I love cooking, baking and spending lots of time with my grandchildren.
So for me my blog helps me remember and value the things I achieve. It enables me to focus on the positives in my life, the things that make me happy, from the books I’m reading, down to what has been baked in my kitchen. On the surface this is all mundane stuff but it’s nice for me to share it with you and for me to look back on. I have started to take more photos, I am more confident with my computer skills and I challenge myself to try new crafts and more complicated projects. I have time to read other people's blogs which inspire me; Ginny's blog encourages me to think about new yarn projects and books to read. Jens 52 weeks of happy post has helped me reflect and highlight just how many happy smiley things happen every week. I also look at my garden through different eyes, Lou’s Nature in the Home Series, really inspired me.
I'm sorry if this is a bit of a ramble but I wanted to share a little bit more of me and how important my blog has become.
talk soon x