{at this moment: blogging...}

hi everyone and happy friday! we made it through another week. hurray! i hope you will indulge me in this post as i thought it was a great exercise. as some of you know, i've been taking a month long e-course hosted by holly becker of decor8 called, blogging your way (2.0). an online course that, among other things, encourages you to find your unique writing voice and point of view, and to form connections with other bloggers. in this second installment of byw, holly asked jeanette (fryd + design), nicole (making it lovely), and trina (pugly pixel) to co-teach. it has been a great experience learning from these veteran bloggers. as this month comes to a close, so too does this intensive blogging course. for our last homework assignment, holly asked us to describe what blogging and the course, blogging your way, mean to us/me, and i thought i would share some quick thoughts. 

when i first started blogging, my goal was to chronicle and share the things that inspired me. simple enough. the blog became my creative outlet and it still serves that need. however, this space has since blossomed into so much more as i share my hopes, dreams, and personal journey. i mean, really, aren't we all on one? 

here's the other (perhaps more important) part, in the countless articles and books i have read on finding your passion/purpose/calling, the one constant piece of advice i find throughout is to surround yourself with like-minded, inspiring people on your path. i definitely try to accomplish this goal in my personal life. in regards to this blog space, it's you - constant supporters, regular readers, and occasional pop-bys - who are serving that purpose, including all the inspiring people i discover along the way. without really knowing it, you've all joined my creative tribe, and you're making my journey richer and more textured. 


in addition to my own efforts, byw has played a significant part in helping me create this tribe and the blog you see here today. the tribe is what keeps me going and encourages me to get better. i'm curious, what does your blog mean to you? why do you keep blogging? 

so, cheers to another weekend. what's on the agenda? i'm clocking in some much needed girl time and looking forward to every minute. have a wonderful weekend everyone!


quote source: the fire starter sessions by danielle laporte

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  1. Hi Theres-
    Thanks for mentioning that book again. I just ordered it! Can't wait to see you! Teri

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  2. I'm so glad you mentioned that book too. Need to download it on my kindle pronto! And I love the phrase "creative tribe." I feel too isolated, too often, I think. Having people around me to push me to be a better me is so important, I think. You certainly do that for me, dear. xo Have a lovely weekend, darling!

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  3. Lauren Lester SweitzerJune 29, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    I find this so inspiring. I just started blogging seriously about 6 mo ago - at first it was to fill the creative void left after we were married and the dust of wedding planning had settled - but now it's an important part of my daily life. I'm still finding my voice and place in this tribe of amazing women, but it a journey I'm looking forward too. Thanks for sharing this, xo.

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  4. I keep doing it because,simply put, I love it. I am constantly learning from blogging and have been able to connect to an amazing group of people through it. I wasn't able to take the 2.0 class this June, but look forward to it in the Fall.

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  5. T! I feel like I've been away for so long even though it's only been like 3 weeks. I feel so lucky to have met you and to be one of the many bloggers in your tribe who have been inspired by you! I'll miss you this weekend, but hope to see you in the next couple weeks. I've totally missed the last 3 weeks of the BYW class :( Hoping I can find the time to download everything before its over...can't wait to hear about it. Blogging has become such an important part of my life too and right now I'm trying to give myself a little break to get settled into work, but I've been missing it and am determined to find a way to do both. Are you done with Firestarter yet? I've got to finish it and then maybe we can all do a little online book group. Have a great weekend with the girls! xxo

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  6. You always have the most thought provoking questions...to me, my blog was started as a creative outlet so I wouldn't go crazy during my unemployment period. Or broke, considering I have this fun/weird habit of talking myself out of buying something if I write about it to death. Like, the feeling to own it isn't as overwhelming if I exhaust myself talking about it. So I wanted a place I could curate all of my favorite finds from around the internet. And I've always loved writing. But for the first 6 months it feels like you're writing in a vacuum. No one out there knows about you. I wouldn't go back to that at all, and give up the wonderful "tribe" (to borrow your word) we've got going on here. I wouldn't trade this for anything.

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  7. I think "tribe" is a great word to describe the blogging community. Just like you and many others I'm sure, I started my blog as a creative outlet and to document my new found love of cooking. Blogging has kept me sane and focussed during a very strange, transitional time in my professional life. It's strange how everything happens for a reason - if it wasn't for my little project I would probably never be taken on the road that I am on now. I have to say though, my favorite part of writing a blog has been "meeting" all these amazing people through their blogs.


    I hope you have a lovely weekend my dear!


    Kate
    www.theforgetfulwife.com

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  8. hey t! i'm in byw2, but was too busy changing jobs to relax and be part of it. maybe in july i will get on and use the forum. i agree about finding your tribe, and love your sharing of inspiration. my blog's 1-year birthday is july 10th, so i've been thinking a lot about your question. as you have said, blogging is work! let's enjoy our journey together.

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  9. I couldn't agree with you more. When I first started blogging last fall, I took BYW1. I was in the middle of moving and starting a new job so I couldn't participate as much as I wanted. This time around I have made so many more connections and it truly does make me feel inspired and supported. It's also a great source to find like-minded guest bloggers! I am so happy to have found your blog and look forward to reading more. I have added your blog to my reader :)
    Sarah

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  10. sue {anomadicabode}June 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    so beautifully written! this weekend i celebrate 6 months blogging and it has not only changed the way i work (now rapid fire as opposed to procrastinating to within an inch of my life), but more importantly it has given me back some much needed faith in humanity through the personalities i have encountered along the way... happy friday, thanks for getting the gray matter churning!

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  11. "I feel too isolated, too often, I think. Having people around me to push me to be a better me is so important.." I agree wholeheartedly with this !

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  12. I love the phrase creative tribe {i've always felt a tad intimidated by pia, so this broader group feels so inclusive}. I love every minute that i spend here, and being on this jpurney with you is such a blessing.
    Enjoy your girls weekend! xxx

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  13. I wrote my own piece on this when I celebrated 6 months blogging on the 1st June... so you know I feel very much like you.

    I still haven't started the FSS (it's staring at me right now) but hope that July will give me more time... I knew when I signed up to BYW2 that it would be difficult in June but hope to participate in July in the Forums. Also there was much repetition so am not that worried.

    You know I always love coming here....

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  14. Oh, good. Let me know how you like.

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  15. Yes, such a great statement.

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  16. Thanks, Lauren. As do you for me. My weekend was made lovelier by meeting you and Cal!

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  17. Thank you, Lauren. The blogging journey is definitely a process. Like my own life, I see the blog changing and growing in little ways. It keeps things exciting, for sure.

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  18. Blogging is such a great way to meet like-minded, passionate people. It's really the most enjoyable part.

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  19. I think a little break to concentrate on life stuff may even be a blessing in disguise as it might give you a renewed energy for blogging. Let's plan an outing soon so I can catch you up on everything.
    I'm about half way done with The Fire Starter Sessions. Yes, let's get through it and discuss. I would appreciate hearing what words of wisdom rang true to you.
    Hope you had an amazing weekend away! xx

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  20. I agree, the tribe part is the best part...The writing in a vacuum, not so much. True story: I didn't even tell anyone about my blog for the first 5-6 months! Oh, I told my sister and husband, but that's it.
    L sends her best. xx

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  21. Yes, take care of life first and then catch up with BYW2 when you can. Well, let me wish you a happy blog birthday in advance. (I will send more wishes on the actual day.)

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  22. Hello and welcome! You took BYW1? Sorry we missed each other. It's definitely one of those things where you get what you put into it. Thank you so much, Sarah. I plan to spend some time on your blog, as well.

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  23. Happy six months, Sue! That kind of milestone is always great to reach. Renewed faith in humanity is an amazing gift to receive from blogging. I can say that I've been blessed in such a way, as well. Pretty cool.

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  24. As you know, I feel much the same way about sharing your journey.

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  25. I am looking forward to having July open up a bit so that I can get back to finishing The Fire Starter Sessions. Plus, after reading back-to-back nonfiction books, I'm ready for some good fiction.
    Thank you, Tina. Likewise.

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  26. You know we're all really really jealous of your meet up? We all want to be there! Hope we get some photos, you've all been very quiet about it ;)


    Creative tribe - I love that and I'm honoured to be part of it and love your blog xx


    Have to say I've found BYW2 a real let down, not a patch on the first one.

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  27. I agree with a lot of what you say. Blogging for me is a way to connect with likeminded people all over the world. That's pretty powerful stuff when you think about it. And that is what it's doing, I couldn't be more happy about that. The purpose of my blogs is to inspire and offer information and services to people looking to make their homes better. And that is a big part of my own purpose at the moment (among other personal things).


    Everyone has such great things to say about BYW. I should definitely sign up in the future.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us :)

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