I must have sat in silence at the computer for at least a good ten minutes today before letting my fingers click away. Ten minutes for a talker like myself is a very long time. "Should I tell them how much I appreciate them? Should I give them the same summer recap as last week? Is their life as busy as mine, but in such a good way?" These are the thoughts spinning today. If you're thinking how on earth I can write about our summer in a new way today, hear me out.
This time, the spotlight's on you my blogger friends.
The truth is having two very active, fun toddler gals keeps a mama busy! If you're a mama at all, you get me. My focus shifted a whole lot back in May. I decided I wanted my family and community to feel the most loved and taken care of first and that everything else would have to take a back seat and be the icing on the cake, but not the whole cake. That means I've decided to spend evenings gardening and afternoons mowing in order to show my love for Brett. It means I'd rather follow the tug in my heart that says "give that painting away" then spend hours trying to sell it. It means a lot of things. But mostly it leaves me with "plans" suspended in the air, floating in the breeze, not sure where to land.
I advertised my Craft Night but just had one response, after I'd already closed sign-ups. My art shop is very slow this time of year as well (hopefully everyone is spending their money on travel!) and so I'm left wondering which ideas to chase next.
I'm an idea person you know. Not because I try to be, I just am. I drive by old buildings and see unique opportunities. While taking out the trash or folding the laundry ideas pop into my head for one creative opportunity or another. That is both good and bad. Sometimes I want to turn the handle like on a faucet and turn the ideas right off. Especially when things get quiet on the receiving end of things. But the truth is, this is exactly how God has made my brain and in being brave and following my dreams I have heard countless times "you inspired me to ____________". So I guess I'll always be willing to take one for the team, step out of my comfort zone, and try something new if it freed someone else up to follow their dreams as well.
With that said, I have a few dreams floating around my head but I really don't even want to speak them out. This summer has been overflowing with family and friend time and because of it my sense of community is strong. You couldn't pay me to change that. Between camping and gardening and manual work on the farm (taking the place of the treadmill, hooray!), fun with the girls...well, there's just been plenty of time of not lingering on a dream or idea but letting it float around in my head and that's it. So there's lots of floating going on. Ideas floating past each other, running into each other.....
And that's precisely where you come in.
For now, I'm going to keep a bit quiet on my end...well, at least for this week (lol).
I will say Molly of Life Made Lovely Designs is giving my blog a big 'ol makeover this week and I've been waiting months for that! I'm so very excited!
In the quiet and waiting,
will you speak up?
Whisper, shout, share with me?
I'd love your input on a few questions about my blog and teaching schedule...
(this isn't an announcement of any kind, I just want to see where my ideas and yours meet up)
1.) What do you enjoy or learn from the most from The Rosy Life?
(I already know I'm world's worst at responding to comments so you don't have to mention it...it's on my "forever" list of improvements-ha!)
What else would you like to see on the blog? What do you need help with?
(diy, more art, more kid ideas, food/health, or stay as is?)
2.) As far as our interaction beyond you stopping in to read.....
what would you like to participate in?
This is for the locals and non-locals alike.
Photography retreats, craft nights, an e-course with video (from my Nikon!), mail exchange for readers, in-home photo sessions capturing you naturally and in your real life, or something else?
I'd be honored and so appreciative if you'd let me in on your thoughts.
I look forward to building The Rosy Life community even more in the coming months!