There’s so much I want to share. And explain. And explore with y’all. But where to begin? I’m not the most succinct person (my blog posts tend to be meandering as one dear fellow blogger describes my writing style – so true Kathleen!) and I sometimes think I suffer from a major case of ADD. Like major.
I’m often all over the place and can’t stay in one spot, one topic, one job, heck not even in one country for a very long time (until I became a mama and found myself rooted here in lovely Seattle). I don’t think I can become a niche blogger as is often the recommendation for those wanting to build a business around their blog. Nor can I seem to remain in the same friendships for very long (which will be for another story, yet again.) I don’t know if it’s novelty I crave or that the familiar simply bores the heck out of me.
See? I wasn’t even planning on talking about my ADD but there it is.
(Oh, if you just want to get to my BIG POR FAVOR QUESTION, skip to the bottom of the page.)
So, let me resort to a list of stuff I’ve been meaning to bring up with you all in one post. Stuff that I’ve given so much thought but somehow sort of forgotten to write about. I know I know, it’s not epic. It’s only my blog, my life and what I write about here. Sometimes, I get so caught up with this blog and sometimes I feel a bit silly (and ashamed!) that I invest so much in it. But then again, I have plans and good intentions and ambitions of sort. The kind of stuff that brews slowly in your mind and is birthed in your heart. So let’s dive in, shall we?
More of My Real Life.
Not that I’ve been lying to y’all, but I lately, I’ve been more drawn to express my opinions and thoughts about this and that instead of sharing what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been. I write more sometimes about who I want to become instead of who I am now. And I want to do both. Writing about my Ideals is an awesome way for me to be inspired (and inspire others) but I don’t want to forget to share about the painful Realities sometimes too. I also am truly an INFP, which means high standards + perfectionism, oh my! But I’m also learning. To Be, to Create, to Chill and have more FUN in life. To take Pleasure seriously. Wheee! So let’s agree to be okay with all our contradictions + paradoxes. Real + Ideal, yes?
I don’t know if it’s the “I” (introverted) in my said INFP personality but I tend to be keep to myself. Sort of a recluse. I enjoy hanging out with a girlfriend here and there, catching up and hanging out but I enjoy it when it happens once in a while. I know. I’m weird. I love my own company (is that narcissistic?) and get energized that way. I love groups too but only when there’s a topic being discussed or something we’re all doing together that I’m passionate about. Otherwise, oh my, I get headaches just from being with a group of people. (Ironic thing, I love being on stage for being an introvert! Except I haven’t been on stage in a very long time. Hmmm. Maybe I am a narcissist?) Anyway, I noticed too that on this blog, I tend to be somewhat of a loner too. Not really giving much effort on connecting and partnering with other bloggers. And I truly want to change that. Some people scoff at online communities but oh my. To some people, they are the world! So yes, there will be more community here. I hope. Any ideas?
Blogging + Money.
I’m making peace with my money issues y’all. Slowly. Painfully. But oh so magically. And I’m taking this blog along for the ride. See, I’m learning the art of earning, not just from this blog, but from my Art. Whatever that is. And I’m (finally!) proud and unashamed. For a long time, like many other artists and d0-gooders, I’ve simply accepted the starving artist-missionary idea, this dichotomy between art/purpose and money. And I’ve embraced a simple-frugal life because I thought that my calling could never be entrepreneurial. Oh but how misguided I was. And so as I unlearn my starving artist-missionary ideas and absorb a new paradigm that could sustain my new purpose-driven art-centered entrepreneurial venture as a stay-at-home mama, this blog is probably going to evolve with that. Hence, some few changes I’ve implemented recently and many to come. Which brings me to my next point:
Sponsorship + Advertising Opportunities
Yes, my numbers are modest but growing. But oh how I dream of this blog to become a space to introduce y’all to so many creative brave bold women, bloggers, writers, solopreneurs, world changers, homemakers who have amazing services and products to offer! Check out my Sponsorship + Advertising Page for more details. I want to have all my spots filled out in the next 6 months. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Do you know the kind of people who would love to partner with me? Could it be you?
Yes! A shop! But not a shop of stuff. More like a shop of what I know. So, I’m planning and scheming (hopefully soon!) of e-books and e-courses I can offer here. Wheeee! Often, I underestimate what I know (wisdom) and undervalue what I can do (talents) or I forget that there is a world out there, no matter how small, who would love to get their hands on what I have to offer. But I’m so growing in that area, of taking myself a little bit more seriously in this department. It so comes with the territory of making peace with money!
So The Big Por Favor: A Question For You
So I wanted to ask for your help dear friends and readers. Help me make this blog more…awesome for you. Some questions for you: What topics and posts here have spoken powerfully to you? What were the most memorable, helpful, useful, thought-provoking, life-changing? Can you help me clarify what my genius is? What is it that I do here that makes you keep coming back? What would you love to see more of? I would LOOOOVE your input and a heartfelt thanks for those who feel compelled to help me out!
I’m tempted to do a giveaway of some sort to entice some feedback. But I won’t because I know you smart ladies don’t need a bribe to do what you want to do anyway! But oh I want to give something away as a thank you for all of you who have given your time reading, commenting and really being part of my blogging venture. It’s been a growing experience for me and I hope for you too! I really want it to be special for you gals so I’m going to sit on that for awhile to think about what giveaway it would be. Just thinking about it excites me!
OK, phew. That’s all I have. If you have read this far, WOW. Thank you. Here’s a big heaping of love and gratitude from my heart to yours.