I can't believe it's been nearly two weeks since I've had time to create a post for my blog!
It's just been so crazy around here ~ overwhelmingly crazy ~ and I've been beating myself up for not keeping up with my posting. I was kinda on a roll for a few weeks there, getting into a blog groove...and then, WHAM!!! It all blew up on me....well, sorta. Let me explain.
I had to go back to work. No, wait...let me rephrase that: I got to go back to work. Because I was fortunate enough to find a job within a couple of weeks after I started searching. And, believe me, this was a blessing because the money has been going out-out-out, with none coming in-in-in. And our resources are definitely finite!
When I started blogging about six months ago, I was working part-time. Then, at the end of January, I became unemployed when we relocated to Abilene. My full-time job became rehab-ing this house with Eddie. (And trust me, that is more than 40 hours a week of work, no matter how you slice it!)
Last week, knowing that I would be starting the new job this week, Mom and I worked frantically together every day, mostly in the kitchen/dining area, trying to get as much work done as possible. And we accomplished alot!
Did we get finished? NO...a big, resounding NO. And I was terribly disappointed to head out to the new job on Monday morning, knowing that work was left undone. In fact, even with Eddie working in there on his days off this week, we are not where I had hoped to be at the end of last week.
And since I am afflicted with a form of "perfection disorder", I have in no way felt the desire to grab my camera and document the shortcomings of our efforts. When I go out there, browsing around BlogWorld, it seems that everyone else is documenting "perfection" in their world. I see lots of great photos of beautiful homes, completed projects, all nice and tidily wrapped up. Normally, they inspire me....but, in my current circumstances, they make me acutely aware of my "shortcomings".
Combine this feeling of failure on the "home front" with the exhausting effect of returning to work in a fast-paced new job, well, you start to get the picture....blogging has been the last thing on my mind.
But, this evening I had an "Ah-Hah Moment"!
It doesn't matter if I have finished one or many projects around the house....
or that I haven't documented our progress (or lack thereof) in photos....
or that I don't have a perfect blog post ready every other day....
That's just not what it's all about. At least, not for me.
Blogging is about sharing my thoughts in written form. It's a way of communicating my feelings about what I value in Life. That's what it is about.
What it is not about is trying to look like or emulate other blogs....or keeping up with other blogger's styles and posting abilities....or competing to gain followers.
So, there you have it. I am posting this without any photos. (But, now that I've re-thought the whole purpose of blogging, maybe I won't be so hesitant to pick up my camera and document an unifinished project.) I'm still finding "my blog voice", making lots of missteps and corrections along the way.
Above all, I'm learning more about myself through this adventure in blogging. That is the rewarding part...and the reason I don't want to give it up, even though I feel stretched pretty thin some days.
So, bear with me....and hang with me....as I strive find the perfect balance here on The Porch!
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