When nothing seems to be going on, stuff still happens.
Hello, dear ones! My apologies for being absent, but I’ve been over my head with projects and commitments. I have been in the midst of taking three online classes, sinking my teeth into courses on grammar, editing, and technical writing. I’m really trying to pave a way for a writing life. Every day I get a little further away from my Information Technology background and a little closer to the dream of doing work that suits me better. I had my heyday with pushing it to the limits in a respectable career in computers, buying my first house by myself, stepping further and further up the pay scale, etc., and I’m done with it. Those identifiers of success in a traditional sense no longer hold meaning for me. My priorities have dramatically shifted in my life for good. The only thing that sits right with me now is knowing that I’m not blowing this one life that I have, knowing that I am doing work that fits me better, and knowing that going to bed less anxious and more myself is more important than the big house, the new car, and the fat paycheck.
Peace of mind is what I’m after. Keeping it simple and getting a little closer to what I believe I should have been doing all along is what is getting me there. It’s a slow process, but I am keeping my wits and my patience about me. I’m working towards creating the me I want to be. I’m working towards drawing the work towards me instead of scratching, scraping, and begging for it. My mantra: BE THE FLOWER; ATTRACT THE BEES
I’m also doing my best to not let things and people bring me down; that includes myself. Anyone who suffers with the past knows that ‘s no small egg to fry, but focusing on my dreams of what I could be is an excellent appetizer to the main course to come.
I’ve started a new blog to explore all the great nature and outdoors stuff I like to enjoy, minus all the deep talk about life challenges that you get here on SWIMMING IN THE MUD. It’s called TEARDROP ADVENTURES because it’s centered around a compact, retro Teardrop Trailer my partner and I built that allows us to access the outdoors more easily and in better style:
TEARDROP ADVENTURES : for all things outdoors, including teardrop trailer camping, hiking, backpacking, nature appreciation, etc.
My blog, Sneakers in the Dryer, is still alive and well. It’s for completed creative projects, like graphic design, fiction writing, jewelry making, and anything else that fits into the ‘creative’ category. It is my sincere goal to feed and explore creativity more this year. When I do, it’ll appear on the following blog:
SNEAKERS IN THE DRYER : exploring and feeding creativity
I’m also periodically interviewing for writing opportunities and am building a portfolio. I’ve created a blog page for that purpose; it’s structured more as a static web page. At least I’ll be able to point to it when I need to.
THE WRITE VIEW MIRROR : “Solutions to your writing needs are closer than you think!”
So, as you can see, stuff still happens even when I seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. I’ve got a life plan and I’m sticking to it. Thanks for being a tremendous part of my journey and successes!
UPDATE: Spawned by a comment from Val in the comment section below, I’ve also created a master blog, an umbrella of sorts for gathering all these blogs into one place. If, for any reason, you’d like to follow my progress on all fronts, you can check out the master blog and find links to all the blogs there: