You know, when I started blogging professionally eight years ago, I gradually stopped telling my own stories. If you haven’t known me for very long, well, I used to share a lot about my life online. Then, when SJ was born, I started sharing a lot about our life together. But when I became a blogger, I essentially started getting paid to tell other people’s
stories, or at least talk about them. As time went on, I started getting clients who needed their
stories told. And poof! I became the cobbler with no shoes.
I mean, yes, I have this zine. But it’s really similar to my blogging work. Meaning, it’s more about putting a spotlight on the wonderful work I see from people in my community, and the greater community, than a personal space that looks at what I’m doing. What am I doing? Telling other people’s stories, like I said. Haha.
I’m a natural caregiver and it’s second nature for me to want to feature good people doing great stuff. I enjoy it. But, as I close in on 50, l want to start telling my own stories again. I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to look in practice, but I am a little obsessed with TikTok right now (I’m esp. a sucker for those #Imjustakid videos). There is some serious creativity going on over there and it seems like a fun place to start playing with this idea of me telling my stories. I’ve really never worked in video, so the learning curve is steep.
Also, Animal Crossing. My daughter’s island was getting too small for the both of us, so I cashed in a bunch of credit card miles and bought my own Switch (lite). I have a big idea for *that* which I don’t want to share just yet. But, I think it’ll be super cool if I can pull it off.
And, in December, I bought myself a yearly subscription to MasterClass (MC). According to my account data, I’ve only watched 4% of their content which is kind of crazy since I’ve watched a fair amount. The one I’m really into now is taught by Ron Finley, aka “Gangster Gardener.” He’s a-mazing and his MC has inspired me to start planting fruits and veggies in my backyard! ME. I have, historically, had the blackest of black thumbs but I’m going to change that. In fact, it’s already started.
Will I have time for all these new activities? Yeah, good question. Honestly, my work-work takes up most of my days. But if I don’t start doing new things, I’m never going to get to wearing new shoes and, believe me, this mama needs a new pair.