Talk about setting a goal, and totally missing it! I set a goal to do at least two quality posts each month. And yet, I have not logged in a post in over six months. What happened to my journey?
I could list many excuses, as I have in the past few “start again” posts, so I won’t do that here. What I’d like to do is to examine what exactly that goal meant. Just saying, “I want to be better,” does not give a set path of what that means. And while the goal of two quality posts each month seems like a set goal, it really doesn’t give me direction. Two quality posts. About what? What direction should this take? Should it be rambling like I did before (which did net quite a few more posts), or should I pick a certain direction. And to that end, what direction. I seem to have many directions I’d like to go and many things I’d like to learn. And that seems to be the problem.
I listen to motivational podcasts. Read self-help books. I have lists all over the place!! I even have a weekly note on my calendar to “post on my blog.” Instead of being motivated by all my lists, they seem to weigh me down. The only list I really like is my one at work, and that consists of things I need to get done. There is a lot of satisfaction at work to complete items from my list and see my job moving forward. But that’s not what this blog, or my other goals, are about.
As one can see from the title of this blog, I used to brew beer. I started almost 10 years ago, and I really enjoyed it at the time. I didn’t enjoy it enough though to give up my other interests and pursue opening a brewery. Now there are almost a dozen breweries in a 10 mile radius of my home, and 60% of them are good! I started focusing on those breweries and rating those. I probably still have that page linked to my blog. But, it didn’t hold my interest for long.
So the name of my site stayed, and I moved on to other things. Knitting (I’ve been doing that for 30 years), reading (I’m an avid reader, but not so good at putting down my thoughts in reviews), sewing (everything from dolls and quilts to clothes and costumes), cooking (including my sourdough bread, which I have kept up with oddly enough, but just the basics), to even running and exercise. So where does that leave me now.
I would say that I’m going to sit down again and make a set of goals for the blog, but I’m not. I’m told my blog needs to have an identity. People who follow it need to have a reason to come to my site. At this point, I’m not sure I have any followers. And that’s okay! What I’d like to do at this point is post on my blog the things that are making me happy right now. I’m a 51 year old female, mother of two, Nana of three, wife of one (going on 33 years). I’m in good health, try to eat right, exercise, work hard and enjoy my free time. I still have ideas and new things I’d like to try. I love arts, homemade items, baking good food, keeping in shape, fashion, working hard, and oddly enough I still have an entrepreneurial side that I would like to make money being doing my own thing. I’m not sure that last one will happen because my husband has his own business, and for my comfort I need to know there is some set income coming in every month. But I have thoughts about that as well that I may explore on the site.
In wrapping up this post, I am continuing on my own journey, and I will post my new ideas, thoughts, and just ramblings as I deal with my place in this ever changing society!