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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blogging memories beat stats, views

When I first started this blog in 2007 it was out of a desire to write about a variety of topics. I have another blog, which floats in the blogosphere free from updates, and it had too narrow of a subject to hold my interest. When I worked as a magazine editor and in my freelance writing business I was used to writing profiles, articles, book and car reviews, travel articles and everything in between. I supervised photo shoots, managed an editorial budget, organized editorial meetings and coordinated freelance writers and photographers. It was definitely interesting and I needed something that was just as interesting and fun.

Hence, It’s a woman’s world! This gave me a spot to talk about my kids, my health, poetry and creativity – it allowed me to share a part of me. It’s an outlet for other writing I love and makes me a little money. It’s so cool to get comments, feedback and suggestions from readers who led me to their blogs. From there I came to know and love quite a few, and I was surprised there is such a loving community in the virtual world. People who I care for and how care for me. Like my “twin” Heather at Home to Heather, Melissa from Frugal Creativity and Shaunalynn from the Art and Science of Parenting.

DSCF5823 That community has provided me with a loud of memories that I keep in my “blog memories basket,” which I was given about three years ago from Jo at Life’s Perfect Pictures. I’ve filled the basket with notes and cards I’ve received from my blogging friends; some of whom I’ve won prizes from (jewelry from TwillyPop, ear cuffs from Lumi’s Earlums line and several other things). Lin from A Duck and Wheel with String has not only contributed to my memory basket, but she has also sent some things for my children proving to be just as sweet as she seems to be from reading her blog. There’s Tammy from Mom Knows Everything who has the most memorable children – experiencing the multigenerational parenting as well – and she’s always “available” for advice and contacts. Even thinking of me, all the way in Canada, when I least expect it. There are many others who have shown their love, support and friendship: Sandra, Sandra H., Tina (Mummy Diaries)… (Forgive me if there’s someone I’ve missed!)

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I love browsing through
all of the blogging memories.

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On the other side of this is the income. You see, when I started this I was married and pregnant. A few months later I was separated and still pregnant with only my husband’s income, which – as the separation went on – was going to cease. I had to make money. At the same time the economy killed 80 percent of my freelance income WHILE I was at the end of my pregnancy when I was  on “maternity leave.” So, naturally, I would seek to have the best of both worlds – the income and the blog. Thus, paid posts.

Am I happier with more readers, followers and money or the closeness, relationships and memories that have been a result of this blog? It’s hard to choose because I smile when I make money and I smile when I look at my blog memory basket. I’m hoping both will continue to exist at an equally successful rate because I love and need both.But, most recently, I have cut back on paid posts and site contributing to allow time to  rest and relax; more time to read, think and exist on a stress-free level. That part is going well.

Now I struggle between my desire to write and the creativity-lacking space I’m in right now, which I believe  results from my health issues. Dealing with that is exhausting: the doctors’ appointments, tons of medications, the way my body feels and how everything affects my rest and sleep. I just try to go with the flow by reading books, decorating, coloring with my kids, and even sewing. Mild and relaxing creativity.

In the end, stats really don’t matter, do they? If I have to stop blogging I know there are still friends out there and writing fun. Right?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Finding a hot pair of boots

Quite some time ago I told you how much I love shoes. I think I come just a hair short of being addicted (guess I can add that to my list of addictions: chocolate, all things red, beauty and skincare products, and – now – shoes). As the seasons change it’s the perfect time to purchase more footwear – whether it’s shoes or boots.

I’m still in search of the perfect everyday shoe that is not too flat and not too high, but that can work for a lot of different occasions or activities. You know, grocery shopping and meetings with my children's teachers, running errands and visiting friends… you get the point. There is also another footwear need that I have: a hot pair of boots!

ELLOS Ankle Boots - ELLOS - 49 £ 2011-09-20 12-03-53 There are some great new autumn fashion boots for women in a variety of styles including above the knee, ankle boots or the standard height to the calf. I’m looking for a pair of wedge-heeled, above-the-knee boots preferably in red (of course!) and I recently caught a glimpse of some very cute ankle boots. Admittedly, I wasn’t crazy about the style when it first came out, but this season’s choices are to die for. Seriously.

They are perfect with jeans, slacks and some styles also look cute with dresses and skirts. You can slip into your favorite tunic with some leggings and slide into your ankle boots for a contemporary and comfortable style.

You can find the ideal pair of ankle boots for yourself at ellos where they have a buy now pay later no credit check policy. That’s a great deal when you’re in a bind, but need to get something right away.

Tell me, what style of boot is your favorite? Do you own more than one pair? Right now, my shoe collection is bootless, but I plan to change that in the very near future. Let me know if you see my red above-the-knee boots!

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Flowers, chocolate & gifts – oh my!

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I am 43 today.

Happy Birthday to me.

Normally this time a year I get a little down. I won’t go into the reason why; just stating a fact to set the stage. This year I decided to be good to me. I bought myself some extra pretty  flowers, some wonderful dark chocolate that I will enjoy at my leisure and…. wait for it… a KINDLE.

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I was resisting the e-reader craze, but with my many doctors’ appointments and varying other opportunities that present themselves to just wait I gave it a try. And, I must say, I.am.in.love. It actually helps me to read faster. I’m not sure why, but I’m enjoying it a great deal. So much so that I’ve already finished one book and I am well into another one.

I have a white one like the one below (click picture to buy your own or get one for the lover of reading in your life) and I got a red cover for it. I would have gotten the Kindle in red if they had it. LOL… Yup, addicted to red.

Amber came home over the weekend to cook meals for me for the entire week – isn’t that a fabulous birthday present! And I don’t plan on doing anything today. Not one darn thing. Well, you know what I mean. I’m not going to do anything extra. There’s still taking care of the children and stuff like that, but I’m going to do a lot of laying down, watching television and reading or sleeping or resting. Anyone wanna come over and clean up after me and my laziness, which will be accentuated by my little tornados?

Anyway, I’m happy to have reached another birthday, to be able to be (mostly - LOL) comfortable in my own skin and to be blessed to awaken each day and move around under my own – albeit painful – steam. It’s all good. Thank God for another year. ;-)

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