Why Do I Blog? Part 1…Fort Myers, Florida Photographer
I have been asked this SO many times from friends and family! A lot of them, think I am a little silly for putting myself “OUT THERE IN PUBLIC!” For years, I wanted to keep everything private, because my family was very private, so I really didn’t know anything different. That is just how things were done in life and how I was raised. As you get older, your perspective is very different as you age. I turned 50 years old, a year ago. It was like a lightbulb has finally turned on! My feelings of insecurity have finally starting to diminish and I don’t care what others think of me as much as before. A real maturity has started to settle in…Thank the LORD! I am far from perfect…don’t get me wrong, but wisdom does come with age. We need something to come along positive with the sagging skin and bulging rolls right?
So with that said, I am taking a class called “Behind the Scenes” with Kim Klaussen and Xanthe Berkeley. It is a creative guide class to blogging YOUR passion. It is giving us the opportunity to share with like minded people and build connections that encourage our creativity to grow. Today’s assignment was to create a time line of our history and how it has brought us to where we are today. Life is full of stages…one thing leading to another, as Kim says. I believe this wholeheartedly! Xanthe shared with us that, you have to examine your history, to take a look at your where your journey is going to today. Both of them powerful statements, that really started the wheels to gravitate.
It was very interesting looking back, and seeing what direction all those steps took, to bring you to where you are today. Many years ago, I was in accounting on the receivables end. I was responsible to bring in over one million dollars a month for the company I worked for. It was HIGH pressure, and NOT alot of fun or a creative outlet as they would say. Yes, the money was nice…but it came at a high price. I was miserable…terribly. Not satisfied at all with what I was doing. At the time, I didn’t understand all the whys. As I look back, I can see I wasn’t using my God given talent, for what I was designed for. God, still has alot of work to do within me…but here is where he has taken me so far on this creative journey.
After the construction industry collapsed, I was unemployed for about 6 months or so. During this time, there was alot of guilt for not being productive in the financial end in our marriage, on my part only. My husband was great during this difficult time. I knew things had to change with the direction of my career. The what, where or how…I had no idea! During this time, I received in the mail, an advertisement for continuing education classes at Business Industry Services School. This was the TURNING point for me, as I look back how it all started. I enrolled in several classes, but the two that got my heart pumping was Power Point and Publisher! My husband says, I was talking as fast as “A clatterbone in a Gooses Colon!”…okay, he MIGHT of used another wording:) Meaning…I was excited for the first time in a LONG time after I came home from my first class!
I will let you follow my chart to see how it rolls from there. In the future, as time allows, I hope to expand on this journey if you will allow me.
To wrap up this post, I just want to leave you with this…don’t ever stop taking the NEXT baby step! Did you hear what I said…BABY, not earth shattering…B.A.B.Y.! This will lead to the next step and the next…
Till next time…be blessed. Oh…Are you sharing YOUR blessings?