#madelinethehopegiver

There was a time in the now-distant past in which I used to keep up with a fairly high volume of blogs. Google Reader (RIP) was my second inbox and somehow, I hit inbox zero on a regular basis. And while it may sound like a completely ridiculous thing, it was actually a truly lovely thing in which I got to know a lot of truly lovely people  – several of whom crossed over from Internet Life into Real Life.

Kate Conner is not someone I know in real life. I know her only from reading her blog for … Continue reading

Lower your expectations until further notice

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That tweet is a fitting summary of the past few days. Home is the place where life happens in all of its unedited glory.

“Unedited” is pretty much the opposite of what’s going down over here on the other side of this blog post. I think I have blogger’s block. I can think of things to write about, kind of, but only in Boring Book Report fashion: “On my trip home for Thanksgiving I did various things, such as watch snow fall, chop wood, and eat pie. It was not unlike the first Thanksgiving, minus the hats with buckles and … Continue reading

A truer story

I knew I liked Lauren Venn as soon as I read her About page. It was so disarmingly honest. Her whole blog is like that – she does not pull a single punch. I’m on an unexpected but welcomed truth kick in life, so I find myself appreciating people who tell it like it is even more than I usually appreciate them.

This post in particular struck a chord with me, which is what happens when you read a blog post and find yourself shouting “YES!” in agreement after every sentence. Here’s a portion:

We’ve all come prepackaged with insecurities

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Redesigned

If you are looking at this site on its Internet home as opposed to your inbox or a feed reader, you may notice that the winds of change have blown once again. It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the annual blog redesign!

I’ve been blogging for about 6 years. I’ve had more than 6 blogs. I’ve changed blogs as I’ve changed directions, which is to say I’ve changed blogs frequently. It sounds like a bad thing (and it is if you don’t like to annoy people/Google), but it really wasn’t. It was true to what my life looked like at … Continue reading

I need blogging more than blogging needs me.

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There’s a great non-profit called Mocha Club, and awhile ago they ran a campaign around the slogan “I need Africa more than Africa needs me.” The intention was to point to the fact that the lessons a person receives from Africa are greater than the impact that one person will likely have on Africa itself.

I think I need to adopt a similar mantra for blogging.

It’s well-documented (or well-undocumented) that I haven’t had much to say in recent months. (Slash… year.) It’s for a variety of reasons. Mostly, it’s due to feeling like I can’t articulate the things … Continue reading