Bear with me as I do some tweaking here on my blog.
I'd had the same header for years now. It was dear to me, but dated. Small changes have been on the back of my mind for many months.
Being we're currently at fifty below zero wind chills again, it was a good time to go for it!
The rocks pictured in the header above are from Lake Superior. I've
been gathering pockets filled with rocks from it's great shores all my life.
I left this stack of rocks somewhere in Oregon a few years ago, I think it was along the Wilson River.
The quote above (not sure if it is large enough) is one from Confucius that, like rocks, I've loved for many years:
“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
My blog doesn't fit into a category very well. (Which is ok. Neither do I.) I don't write with the intent of creating a cooking blog or sewing blog, nor strictly a wildlife, travel, or a home decor blog. I began writing basically as a family blog, but over the past eight years, things evolved. As our kids grew & changed, so did my interests & ability to explore them.
So I had added to my header for these past few years, "Life. Family. Passions."
The Confucius quote has helped me to decipher my focus further yet.
And spread it out like a kaleidoscope at the same time. (Can you believe I spelled kaleidoscope right on the first try? I was expecting a squiggly red line under that one.)
I'm passionate about the world around us. My family is my life's greatest work, I love making our house a home. I'm more aware than ever of the power & importance of a strong & centered well-being, too. (Blogging has always been therapeutic to me.)
Not that I was seeking validation, but now as I go about, sharing randomly about family life & growing kids... or places we experience.. or veggies we grow.. sharing facts about native wildflowers, or things I find or make or do along the way that make our house a home... with random thoughts & feelings from my core mixed in too... Now instead of feeling like I could be misunderstood as a scatter-brained lady that can't keep a connected thought, I have in mind that the world around us, the family & home, and the happiness & well-being of one's self- and what we do to maintain it - are connected.
I've realized that my "category" is all that is dispersed in the connection for me.
Hence the minor updates.
I haven't accomplished quite what I had in mind yet, so I'll continue to tweak a little as I find time.
Constructive feedback welcome!
PS: (An update.) I've been able to respond to some by email, but it should be noted here that one of the best things about my blogging experience all these years, has been the connection I've found with other bloggers whom I identify with & have come to consider friends. I've found a great group of people
who love to share similar (but different) things - basically each of
us and our worlds, whatever they may bring week by week, around the country and around the world. It's a joy!