It is fair (although a little scary) to acknowledge to relative strangers that I started my personal blogging journey following a life changing accident. Six years ago my life had changed beyond recognition - my body was broken and for a while my mind was lost. And then after operations, physical treatments and on-going pain management and physiotherapy, I forced myself to accept my change of circumstances and to... choose happiness - not self pity. To choose positivity over regret.
I had found escapism through reading some wonderfully popular blogs and recognised elements of my own personality in different places across the world. This combined with the fact that I was journaling to help process changes that were happening in my life meant that starting my own blog seemed like another positive step. My home journaling was mainly to recognise things each day that were good... positive... made me happy. They were little glimpses amongst some very hard times but they were to be clung to. And over time, recognising these things 'despite it all' became habit. How wonderful is that? In the bleakest of times, human nature can learn to focus on those moments of happiness and have faith. And now, when I am incapacitated through pain I value Simple Things; small, everyday, natural, emotional or home based moments. Please believe I'm not trying to say I have all the answers or that this was easy. It completely wasn't. But it did feel like a moment of clarity and helped me to find my new place in our world.
A friend once observed that I have an 'Old Soul' - and it is true that perhaps I was born in the wrong era! I'm a lover of all things vintage (and did so before it was trendy and will do when it is well out of vogue!) and home made - there aren't too many with a similar attitude to me where we live. This fantastic thing called blog-land means that I can find other people who value the simple things, nurture their family and home and embrace the randomness of photographing all things that inspire! The balance on this blog has been largely family focused during the last quarter of 2013 and whilst I want that to remain key I do also want to gain confidence in sharing some more of my own makes this year.
As part of the huge gift Vicki of 2 Bags Full is organising with this Grow Your Blog event, I thought I'd join in the giving by holding my own giveaway. Please just leave a comment below on this post to be entered. I'll write a separate post on the giveaway next week - hopefully the light levels will be a bit better than they have been today (torrential rain).
The winner of the Giveaway will be announced on the 15th February so please go ahead and leave a comment on this post. You can be entered a second time for leaving a comment on the actual Giveaway post next week too.
Happy New Year to all readers and welcome to those of you that are newly visiting! I hope that you enjoy your visit to my bit of cyber space - take a look back through my first year of blogging and see if any of it floats your boat!! I'm looking forward to reading some more inspirational and wonderful blogs taking part in the event too!