The idea for this blog came to me following a series of events. It’s hard for me to say what those events were exactly–though they were likely akin to scraping stuck-on lasagna from a reheated casserole dish, convincing my four-year-old that the sun will still rise if she wears her self-proclaimed “weekend panties” on a Tuesday or breaking up a cat fight over who ate the entire bag of chocolate chips (never mind the evidence on their guilt-smeared faces).
You see, the revolution I am proposing is of the everyday variety. Contrary to the commonly held belief that everyday occurrences are less valuable, I see them as neglected and under-appreciated opportunities. I also see them as fundamental to much needed, broad-sweeping social change, but we’ll get to that, eventually.
I tend to take my life pretty seriously. I don’t always mean to–and the right person or experience can snap me out of it, no problem–but I’ve got to have outlets. Places to deposit my intake of experiences in order to be ready for new ones. Without them, I am known to tune out my kids and escape to far away places. You can tell I’ve left by my fixed stare, directly over their heads. This blog is my chosen outlet.
I don’t really fit into the niches I’ve run into in the blogosphere. I’m not into fashion, though I’d have a hay-day at one of those fashion blogger’s yard sales. I’m not a fundamentalist Christian, though I can sing a mean hymn…or 40. I’m not (yet) living off my land, I have no fancy kitchen in which to wow you with my culinary expertise and I don’t care a thing about the latest intuitive gadgets.
So, I’m carving my own niche. If I had to give it a name it might be “Optimistic human being (female) who believes we’d better cut the crap, get creative and start embracing the natural order of things if we want to ensure any semblance of a thriving future for our offspring like every other mammal on the planet,” but that’s a bit ridiculous, and I don’t like labels anyway. Instead, I’m just going to write from the truth of my heart, try to keep my priorities straight and see where it takes me.
Welcome friends, take a look around and make yourselves at home!
Many thanks to the following folks for helping me already…
Kyla Hobbs-Darilek – family and child photographer, friend and neighbor in Austin, TX
Dennis Lynch – photographer, Mayan culture guru and good buddy here in southern Mexico
Amber Mabe – graphic designer who helped turn my sketches into web-ready realities
Jenny Medford – web designer extraordinaire who can hang with the best of them