Saturday, April 6, 2013

Why a blog?

I called to chat with my BFFiest friend last week . . . we met in college and have been friends ever since.  We haven't lived in the same city in 20 years but the miles just don't seem to matter.  She's the one that knows all my secrets and would be here in a hot minute if I needed her. 

So of course she's also the one that can say to me, "I love reading your blog.  It's so funny and sounds like I'm talking to you . . . but what exactly is the point?" 

Well, I know in my head and my heart why I started a blog, but it's hard to express it in words.

An oldie but a cutie . . . from a couple of years ago.

Mostly it's a love letter to my children.  Being a mother is the single best thing ever . . . there are no words to describe the joy of watching your children grow and change.  One day when they are older, hopefully they will take the time to read back through my posts and realize that not only was I their mother, I was also a woman, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a volunteer, a 'closet' pottymouth and so many other things.

It's also a love letter to my future self . . . in 20 or 30 years I'll look back on my life and cherish all the fun memories.  I will literally be able to watch my life pass before my eyes and get some street cred in the nursing home. 

To that point, it's a scrapbook of our life . . . one that I can manage in bits and pieces.  I used to love to scrapbook and I have the best of intentions to go back and catch up . . . but I'm about 10 years behind.  Just like I start a journal every year and then stop not too long after.  I love to write and this blog lets me enjoy writing in a way that seems useful. 

Oddly enough, blogging is helping me keep myself motivated to get healthy.  Putting your plans to get fit out in the 'universe' really makes you feel accountable. 

I'm motivated in a lot of ways, but I put my health and fitness on the low end of the priority list since having children . . . it's time I started taking care of myself.  And I keep hearing my Mom's voice in the back of my head encouraging me to eat right and take care of myself now . . . it really makes a difference in whether you will age gracefully or not.  I'm going for graceful . . .

And finally . . . I refuse to become technologically obsolete.  I've been out of the workforce for almost eight years.  So much has changed, and I feel like I'm falling behind.  It's sad when you have to ask your kids for help. 

I really have no idea what I'm doing . . . there is so much involved in creating a blog, trying to stay safe with your information and trying to navigate social media . . . I'm determined to master it . . . or at least keep up with the kids.

So while I'd love to have loads of followers and be an inspritation to folks to enjoy this journey that is life . . . I'll settle for knowing that one day my kids will look back here and think "My mom rocked!" 

P.S.  Does that answer your question LS?  And Happy Beer-Day!

1 comment

  1. Yes! Question answered! I admit that I still don't get inviting others into your life, but I have to admit it's inspiring and I'm proud of you. I LOVE the recipes and you make me want to get off the couch and do push ups with you, which I KNOW you can do! (You can do it!)

    Love you!!