Do you wonder how to easily get back to blogging?

I can’t believe that my blog is ten years old. I mean if it was a person I would have cut it a key for the house and possibly be trusting it to not set fires in the house when I run up to the corner store for a jug of milk. I know that I haven’t been the most attentive to it at times because getting back into blogging is a lot harder than I thought and thankfully I am not alone.

Back in the early days of blogging I connected with so many amazing because they all invited you into their virtual living room to share their lives with each other. This was before Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many of the other social media platforms that have come and gone over the years. A decade is a long time when it comes to that.

As I chat with those who aren’t actively blogging anymore most of them share this sentiment: I want to get back into writing, but I have no idea how to do it. I’m thankful that I am not alone in this struggle.

So how again am I getting back into blogging?

While trying to map out my next few months on my editorial calendar I realized that this Sunday is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Two things are sure to happen after Daylight Savings Time begins; we will lose an hour of sleep and we will share how this has upended our life through grumpy statuses and memes.

While I am all for a good meme, why don’t we take our energy and spring back into our blog?

You’re kidding, right?

Five Days of PromptsSee this handy dandy (and pretty) list for your writing prompts for the week.

Day One: Reintroduce yourself. You can use this information to update your About Me page because chances are you need to update that too.

Day Two: Share with your readers why you started writing on your blog. Ten years ago Heather started writing…well, I will save that for next week.

Day Three: Wordless Wednesday. Remember Wordless Wednesday? It was a day to quietly share an image of something going in our life. Did you know that it’s still around? Mr. Linky and all, we are truly going to take it back old school.

Day Four: Where can we find you now? Do you still share on social media? Did Instagram eat your blog? We would love to know where we can follow you aside from your blog.

Day Five: Flashback Friday. You’ve written some great things that are buried in your archives. Find one of your favorite posts, polish it up, and repost it so we can all agree that you are one kick a$$ writer.

I’ve even created a Facebook group so that we can share ideas, posts, and those memes for how we really feel about DST. You can join by clicking here. And there may be a giveaway for those who participate throughout the link.

I hope you will join me in dusting off your blog and getting back to it. Let me know in the comments if you are going to join in and a blog that you miss. You never know, the person who wrote it may see this!

 

 

Choosing to be thankful in the struggles

The year 2017 will forever be a year that I remember for a myriad of less than desirable reasons. Here’s where I confess that even with my positive attitude when you’re in the midst of the muck you can’t always see beyond the struggle you are currently engaged in.

I shared a lot of my daily life on Instagram so I could feel connected to the outside world. My feed was filled with face masks, inhalers, and doctor’s appointments. I shared my good days and I shared my bad. I wanted to help give a face to invisible illnesses. I wanted you to know that you are not alone.

I know I won’t forget the struggles of this past year and in a way I am thankful for them.

What do you mean you are thankful for your struggles?

The struggles in life help us to grow. They show us who and what are important. They help us to figure out our focus.

Between the struggles there was so much good. There was fun with family and friends. There were new adventures with and without the face mask. And of course there was lots of Vivien.

I look at my 2017 best nine and I remember the celebration of these moments in my life.

Nine moments that share the beauty of 2017.

 

The first time I was out without a face mask, even if it was for a few moments.

An all day outing with my granddaughter at the mall that left me exhausted but filled with happiness.

The start of my life with my husband.

My girls at my happy place.

Small trips and victories in my life that I just can’t put into words.

This past summer I read Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl and this quote resonated with me.

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

 

There will be misery and sadness, you will struggle. But in all of it look back and see the beauty that remains.

 

A new year and a fresh start

One of my favorite things about welcoming a new year is putting up a  new calendar on the wall.  All of the memories that I have yet to schedule on the pages gives me a thrill.

As you plan out your year remember you can do anything!

“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.” Bob Ross

Bob paints Leia a pretty little picture of a new life together

Princess Leia decides to leave her past behind to wander through the pretty little trees with Bob.

May your new year be full of believing while you walk through all of the pretty little trees in life.