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
Beth-I am so excited to read your blog! Your writings are wonderful. Love-Libby
Thanks, Libby! I’m pretty excited, myself!
Beth! It’s about damn time. I’m so happy that you started this. 🙂
Jote, I’d hug you real big if I could.
Such good stuff…so exciting. Can’t wait to read more!
Thanks, Mom! I Look forward to all the writing! You’ve had such a profound influence on my life through the years. There is no way to thank you enough.
You are incredible. I am so proud of you. What an accomplishment. I’m giddy to see what will become of this. much love to you big sister.
Thanks, little sister. I’m pretty proud of you, too. And so grateful for you in my life.
CONGRATULATIONS Beth! Your site looks awesome, your picture up top is gorgeous, and I am soo excited to read more.
BETH!! I stumbled upon your blog after clicking on Carson’s pin on Pinterest……your fairy pagoda. : ) I am really excited about the future of this blog! I see collective consciousness at work already. YES!
Hi Beth, I have been reading your blogs and always find your writing thought provoking and fun. It is fun for me to see what is happening in your life and in your heart. I give you and Hunter lots of credit for stepping out in the world and grabbing life on your own terms. Love you always, Marsha
I found your blog through a post you wrote on mothering.com. Just read through all your blog posts tonight, all the way back to this first one. Great writing, I can really relate to a lot of your thoughts about life, injustice, the rapid pace of things, the redundancy of so much stuff, etc. Love your photos too. Very inspiring (ha, but not in that guilt and inadequacy inducing kind of way. Much more in the supportive and gently encouraging kind of way).
I found your photos on Pinterest and feel in love with you blog. What fun to find your very first post!
Every word is …. I cannot find the word to describe it, but it’s a combination of raw finesse, inspiringly open, and relievingly resonant… to name a few.
You started this beautiful blog while I was living in Mexico, just married and pregnant to a stranger who I’d fallen madly in love with, departing for a three-month-long honeymoon in South America.
Fast forward 3.5 years: a second beautiful child, a -sigh- “challenging” marriage, reverse cultureshock and, come to think of it, motherhood shock, I’m discovering your words now for a reason. I need them.
I apologise in advance should I become your “swim fan” !! You have nothing to fear, I promise. Just, thank you for doing this. I cannot wait for your book.