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.