A little blog hop has wound its way to me, so I can share with you why I write, in case it’s interesting, inspiring even!
A blog-hop is a bit like an old-fashioned chain letter, but there’s no scam being spread, just a whole lotta love.
In my case, specifically by the lovely Aroha at Colours of Sunset, by beautiful-soul Deb at Home Life Simplified, and the gorgeous Zanni from My Little Sunshine House (who reached out to share the love only I didn’t get her message in time).
In some ways the blog-hop is like the invisible red thread that connects those who are destined to meet (in person or online) across time, space and circumstance – a thread that may stretch or tangle, but will never break.
The wisdom of that ancient Chinese proverb is a comforting thread running through my life – I write to connect to my inner-most thoughts and to connect to our common humanity, the bond that unites us and will never break.
What am I working on?
Right now I’m writing a lot at work for a news-magazine style website called moregoldcoast.com – launching this week, so we’re super-busy.
If you know and love the Gold Coast, or think its tired and tacky, we’d love you to check out the stories behind the sun, surf, sand and glitz of Surfers Paradise – the real Gold Coast and the people, places and successes that might surprise you. We want you to be surprised.
End of work pitch.
Personally I’m working on a blog revamp and aligning my website with my goals to spread yoga and meditation as tools for balance and contentment in life for adults and kids (along with a handy glass of red wine – not for the kids).
I plan some more meditation videos and have some ideas for e-books and apps down the track. And maybe I’ll dust of the memoir I wrote on infertility and adoption and get it published one day.
How does my writing differ from others in my genre?
This is the part of the ‘why do I write’ post where you admit to not really knowing what genre you fit into.
I’d say my blog best fits into the personal growth genre, and I’ve written six or seven posts for the mega personal development site Tiny Buddha, so I guess that‘s my style.
Being a mum, I write from a parenting perspective of course. I like to bring things back to balance in some way – looking at everyday life through a yin-yang lens and trying to find the lessons.
I apologise when it gets a bit too D&M – hopefully the odd humorous anecdote from the trenches of parenthood breaks the monotony.
Why do I write what I do?
I started the blog to find my own voice, after years of writing with journalistic objectivity and in recent years, not writing for a living.
Like lots of people, I write because I love words, because I can think when I write (and often can’t think when I don’t), because I feel life more through words, because it helps give life meaning.
It may sound trite, but I really do want to write to try to serve people in some way and I love when people comment that something I’ve said has helped them find clarity or a new perspective. And I think I have some insights to offer from our infertility journey.
How does my writing process work?
I wear my heart on my sleeve, so I often need to be in the right emotional frame of mind (that doesn’t really make sense) to find inspiration – this is challenging when trying to time it for a lovely link up with Essentially Jess, Grace for FYBF or other link-ups.
I find reading and commenting on other people’s posts can help me think of a tangent for myself (because we all share similar issues). I jot ideas on a notebook by my bed, and often try to think of (meditate on) an idea in the shower (hence long showers and big water bills)!
I’m too disorganized for my own good, so can’t offer too many tips, sorry.
Keeping up the connection
I looove that blogging has brought so many new connections, as evidenced by a beautiful event in Northern NSW organised by Zanni from My Little Sunshine House. I know others are planning to share some insights and I’ll also be following up with the inspiration I gained. TALK ABOUT CONNECTION.
Eva, the Multi-tasking Mummy (aren’t we all Eva!) was one of the lovely ladies I got to know a little bit and she’s graciously let me pass the blog-hop baton on to her.
Eva is Mum to an energetic little boy, has bravely shared her battles with Post Natal Depression and loves social media (watch her space)!
Check out her gorgeous photos of the high tea we all enjoyed (photos much better than mine).
Sarah from that space in between is a beautiful soul who likes to explore the spaces we find ourselves in between where we have come from and where we want to go – how we cope with grief, uncertainty and forging new directions.
She’s an experienced Counsellor so she knows a thing or two, and she is in the throes of finishing a PhD on the subject! Plus she was a finalist in the Australian Writer’s Centre 2014 Blog Awards.
Sarah happily said she would take part in the blog-hop, even though she’s not a regular in the link-ups (being kinda-busy I reckon)!
Over to you ladies.
Oh and linking up too with Always Josefa who is hosting the wisdom of the Why I Write linkup on her lovely page. Plus just for some more connection, I’ve added my post as part of Weekend Rewind with Bron, Kelly, Sonia and Sonia.