Defining things more clearly

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar, enjoying the cilantro in the garden while it prepares for the next leg of the journey

I’ve been absent here this summer, haven’t I? It hasn’t been a conscious break, it’s been more because I’ve been busy and exhausted rather than anything else. I’m seeing that the break might have been just what I needed at the time. It’s mid-August, the summer season is coming to an end, and I’m starting to reassess how I spend my time. That uneasy “too busy” feeling has been creeping in and I’m not comfortable with it. I’ve been spending time doing things I don’t truly love and at the same time, putting aside things that are fulfilling. It’s time to change all of that.

I started this blog as part of the PhotoJojo challenge to take a photo a day for a year. That was several years ago and I’ve been keeping it up ever since. Because the blog is (in my mind) closely tied to photography, I find that during those times when I’m not inspired to take photos or too busy to take them off my camera I step away. Other things fill in the space, leaving me more and more disconnected from my camera, my writing, and my creative side. When I do come back, I sometimes feel confused: this space isn’t just for photos anymore. What is it for? I have a very active life – children, homesteading, homeschooling, spiritual journey, environmental activism, extended family, friends. What do I include?

Like I said, it’s time to reassess and define things more clearly. In the past I have written mostly about my homesteading happenings. I don’t say much about friends and family, about the ins and outs of daily homeschooling, about spirituality, or about politics. I do talk about my chickens, my garden, my recipes, and my reflections on the world around me. Somewhere in the past I’ve said that I mark time here. I solidify memories and remind myself how the rhythm of the seasons plays out year after year. I’m going to keep that up. I’m making creativity a priority again. Thank you for being part of this journey too.

 

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