Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday's Blog is Full of Thanks

Once again I am consistently inconsistent. At least some things never change! This week I am thankful for:

1) Pinterest - as always. What did we do before Pinterest? How much time did we spend pouring through articles and crappy websites looking for the one recipe or piece of information we were looking for? Better question though - is Pinterest making us lazy?

2) Coffee/Tea - always. Always always always. The time of year for Pumpkin Spice creamer has come to a close and I admit I'm more sad than anyone should be. There's always creme brulee creamer, and that makes me happy, too.

3) Refocusing - Last week my sister called me screaming. I mean, screaming - I was holding the phone 5 inches away from my head and I could still hear her clear as day. She messed up her tax form when she started at her new job and now has to pay in over $500. As she ranted and raved like a woman possessed, something she said struck home with me. She said she didn't understand why no one had ever taught her this. She can pythagorean the hell out of that theorum, but ask her to fill out a tax document or balance a checkbook and she's lost. That's why I started doing this, though. This little blog was not supposed to be filled with beauty products and reviews, it was supposed to be filled with those most basic life skills that no one ever teaches us girls when we're younger. Because of my sister and her financial tragedy, I am now refocused and ready to take on the world.

4) Remembering I am a writer - I downloaded an ebook from NoiseTrade.com (go check it out, seriously), who have recently started doing books. The first page made me take a hard look at myself. When I was in middle school, I wrote children's books for my little sister (notice she's a central player in my life). When I was in high school I started writing chapter books, usually about girls living on horse farms because that was my interest, but my friends always loved my latest installments. Then I graduated. I journaled, of course, to vent my frustrations. Then each of my boyfriends took it upon themselves to read my journals, so I stopped. Since then I write papers. I write proposals. I write emails, text messages, and a few blog posts. Somewhere along the line, I forgot that I AM A WRITER. Just because I don't get paid for it doesn't mean I'm not one. This book reminded me of that (I'll review when I'm done with it).

5) Remembering to write in my own voice - I responded to a peer's discussion post last week and realize that I sound like a textbook when I write. How boring is that? I'm committing myself to writing in my own voice from now on. Facts can still be conveyed by a quirky blonde, and they probably sound more interesting.

We all know I hate New Year's Resolutions, but I think if I had to say something about mine in a meet and greet it would probably be either #3, 4, or 5. I prefer to call them goals and opportunities for growth, but these are the things I want to work on in the next 12 months. Or 10 - whatever. For 2014. We'll go with that.