Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekly Favorites

I read a lot of blogs, ya'll.  I mean, a lot.  And the thing is, they are all quality blogs.  They all give me something that makes me laugh, makes me learn, or makes me mad (Yes, I like those too.  I'm open-minded!).

So I thought I would start something new here at The Journal Keeper.  I'll share a little bit about what I've read over the past week.  I know a lot of my blog friends are doing it, and I like that it's a great way to share blogs.

Anywho, I'm choosing Monday to be my "blog sharing day" because, well, I don't know why, really.  Just go with it, ok?  I haven't yet come up with a cool name for my Monday Blog Sharing posts, so if you have any suggestions, please put them down there in the comments!

The Blog Doctor: The Non-Niche Blog @ yes and yes

I have struggled for so long with not really having a niche that I felt comfortable claiming.  But I do love the idea of sharing my thoughts and my day to day journey.  I was so happy to come across this blog post by yes and yes.  She nailed it for me, and now I just have to start adhering to some of the points she mentioned.  Be patient, I'm working on it.

How to Manicure at Home @ Petit Elefant (by way of Just A Titch)

Oh. My. Gosh.  I loved this post for so many reasons.  First, I came across it at Just A Titch, which is one of my favorite blogs to read.  Second, I love lists, and this post lists out the step-by-step process for giving yourself an at-home manicure.  Win!  Third, I am a bad nail-biter, and have been relying on getting the "gel nails" now for a while.  But I'll be honest -- I'm not comfortable with the artificial nails for many reasons, and this gives me a great way to meticulously take care of my nails.  Now, if I could just get myself to sit still long enough to give myself a home manicure, life would be great.  But that's another issue.

Why Copying Inspires Creativity @ Write To Done

When I was a pre-teen, I was reading a book about teen life.  I don't remember the name of it or who wrote it.  But I do remember that the story drew me in and it was how I wanted my teen life to really be.  And for some reason that escapes my memory, I started to copy the story onto sheets of notebook paper, except I changed it a little bit to include the people in my life.  That was my first real experience of writing.  Ridiculous, I know, but I learned something during that first "copying" experience.  We all copy others in one form or another, except we learn a little something as we go.  I think that moment of copying was what spawned my desire and my need to create and to write.  This blog post brought back that memory, and made me realize that, although I am hard on myself about how far I've come in my writing, I'm still quite a ways from where I was in those pre-teen years.

How Irish Dancing Got Started @ Videos2View (by way of an email from my Mom)

Ok, this is just silly, but it made me laugh when I really needed it.  (Thanks, Mom!)  I didn't get it at first, but I finally realized what made it so funny.  If you get it at the beginning, don't tell me.  I don't want to feel like a doofus.

Writing to Write @ Kristie Was Here

This was another "Oh. My. Gosh" post that came at just the right time.  I've been suffering from the "I can't write anything because I'm stupid and should have never tried to be a writer in the first place" plague for a while now.  Say, almost TWO YEARS.  I quit a really good job in 2008 to "finish writing my novel and get it published and make millions of dollars."  You don't have to tell me how stupid I was.  I already know.  Anyway,  this post made me realize that since that very moment when I was trying to be a full-time writer, I have been trying to write for other people.  I have been trying to write what I thought other people wanted to read.  I lost my voice.  I lost my drive.  I had forgotten the reason that I started writing in the first place:  because it was what I was meant to do.  And so because of that I have been reborn, in a sense, and I'm trying to find my own voice again.  This blog is helping.  So, thanks for that, Kristie.  :)

Alright, that's enough for me.  What other goodies do you all have to share with me?  C'mon, I'm always looking for something good to read!  Please share in the comments below!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekly Review

Hi there!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a great week.

My week was somewhat eventful, though mostly filled by undesirable things.  I'm not complaining, though.  Everything worked out in the end.

The first part of the week we were reminded that things happen for a reason, and when you work hard to help yourself, God finds ways to give you a little boost.  Things didn't turn out the way we had hoped, but they turned out much better than they could have.  For that, we are thankful!

On Wednesday I stayed home from work with some sort of stomach bug.  I hate staying home from work. I always feel so guilty.  But I also think it's rude to go to work when you are sick and risk spreading germs to your workmates.  By Thursday I was mostly feeling better and went back to work, and by Friday I was good as new again.

Thursday was the First Day of School for the girls!  They were both sorry to see their Summer come to an end, but excited to get back to the classroom and to be with their friends again.  We have one on her last year in elementary school, and one on her last year in middle school.  Big year for them both!

Friday was spent waiting and preparing for Hurricane Irene's arrival, and Saturday was spent watching her.  We are in Central North Carolina, so fortunately for us we only had to endure her outer bands.  We did have a little bit of rain and quite a bit of wind.  Our only damage was to a beautiful tree in the circle of our cul-de-sac.

I hope you've had a good week.  Did you do anything exciting?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Review

Hey there!  Happy Sunday (well, what's left of it, anyway)!  How did this weekend go by so quickly?  It's just not fair, I tell you!

The past week was somewhat eventful.  Let's see, there was...

~ Dinner out with a few girlfriends to celebrate a birthday

~ A surprise party for a friend to celebrate her awesomeness

~ A night of karaoke to celebrate our second anniversary

Wow, that's a lot of celebrating!  It was a fun week, and I was happy to spend it with so many friends.

The weekend has been pretty quiet.  Yesterday was day four of a headache that would just not quit, so I took some of the hub's left-over Tylenol with codeine.  The good news is it got rid of my headache in about ten minutes.  The bad news is I was pretty much a zombie for the entire day.  I took a four hour nap!

Today has been spent catching up on laundry (I used to love doing laundry...) and working on a new project. Yes, I know I don't need another project.  I have several other projects that have not gotten the attention they deserve.  Well, I'm hoping this new project will help me with the old project.  I'll tell you more about that later.

Right now my comfy cloud bed with it's fluffy European goose down comforter is calling me.  I hope to get some reading in before I doze off.

I hope you had a great weekend.  Did you do anything exciting?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

How To Not Be a Coward

rainier n.

I need your help.

I'm failing miserably at this blogging thing, and I know why, but I don't know how to get past it.

I have no problem writing for myself.  I have journals filled with my ramblings.  My journals are my best friends.  But I want to branch out.  I want to write for other people.  I want to share things with you, and make friends, and build relationships.  But here's the problem.  The little voice inside my head (he's this nerdy little dude who really gets on my nerves, but he won't go away) keeps telling me my posts are stupid, and that no one wants to read them, and why in the world would I want to put myself out into the internet void where they will just drift aimlessly forever.

I know I should not care about what other people think, but the point of my blogging is to put myself out there for others to read.  If no one reads me, then no one likes me.  And I can't tell you all the issues THAT brings up.

So, how do you get past that?  How do you quiet that mean old internal voice and just do it anyway?