It’s been a hectic first week of December. What with the craziness of Thanksgiving and the shopping madness that followed (which I avoid like the plague), I’m still trying to catch my breath. We got cocky and took a mini-vacation to a nearby tourist hotspot with the baby and completely messed up Baby Blue’s sleep schedule. So while we enjoyed playing in the snow, now we’re fighting that uphill battle back to (hopeful) normalcy. Poor kid. I think the inevitable conclusion is that we will never leave our house again.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite things that the internet has seen fit to throw in my path (clockwise from top left).
1. Domaine Home’s post on How to Create the Coziest Home Ever, On a Budget. It’s cold. I’m cold. My house is cold. My feet are cold. Looking at pictures of warmth makes me feel less cold. Plus, just look at those doors!
2. Live Simply by Annie’s blog On Restlessness and Rest. Annie’s writing is a breath of fresh air in the craziness of the season. In fact her writing is refreshing whatever the occasion. And that quote by Thoreau is so on point.
3. Blogging Bettie’s podcast and blog is a real gem. Such a good resource for bloggers, plus I can listen to the podcast while I do mountains of dishes / babywrangle / scrape sticky cheerio monstrosities off the floor.
4. Vancouver photographer Sophia Hsin’s Instagram gifted me with this beauty the other day. It’s kind of hard to read so I’ll tell you it says “Let your faith be bigger than your fear”. Love.
Lately, I’ve really been enjoying SMP Living‘s Behind the Blog series. They are thoughtful interviews of popular bloggers on the subject of their trade. It’s gotten me thinking a lot about blogging in general; why it’s become popular, and why people do it.
Obviously, there are those who blog for profit or fame – but I can’t imagine anyone really starting that way and being able to stick it out. It always seems to stem more from a love of writing, a desire for a creative outlet and community building. That’s one of the reasons I turn to the internet as my source for the sort of content that I once could only find in magazines. Now, magazines are so ad-rich that it’s difficult to even find the content anymore. I suppose there are plenty of websites and blogs that are headed that direction, but for the most part I’m at least confident that the writer is writing about what they really think. There’s a sincerity to blogging that I really appreciate.
Which made me realize that authentic writing and sincerity is important to me, and I want my blog to reflect that as well.
I’ve also realized that taking great photographs is critical. I’ve never considered myself to be an excellent photographer, but it’s a learning experience I suppose. I want to improve, so I’ll keep plugging away at it.