Eat, Pray, Whaah?! Part 1.

It all started on a cold windy night the first week of January 2014. As I peered out the window into the crisp dark air, I pulled the cotton blanket I received for Christmas closer to my skin…feeling the warmth of peace.

I felt gratitude: While I enjoyed a long winter break, I rested in the safety of a warm house far away from the normal stresses of life. But as blessed as I felt, I found myself still wanting. It wasn’t a material want, but a desire to manifest more. So I made a simple request: “Lord, I want to do something fun! Help me find something fun.”

The answer? Start a blog.

It was my first experience into the blogging world. What better way to get attention than hidden behind a screen in the safety of my own room. Even with all the layers of security, there was still a sense of vulnerability.

From a creative standpoint, I was able to express and design the blog exactly how I wanted. The layout of each post was simple: start with a bible quote (the Divine), write about a specific life experience (me), and end the post with a pop video (worldly). Very simple, very basic but it kept me inspired.

Throughout the journey, I blogged mostly about the past…processing it, crying over it, making fun of it…. Little did I know where an exercise in blind faith would lead.

In the summer of 2015, on a marine layered morning, having slept in way too long, I came across a Facebook post. Author Elizabeth Gilbert announced the upcoming 10th anniversary of her travel narrative Eat, Pray, Love. To commemorate the event, fans were asked to write on how the book impacted their life. The top fifty entries would win a place in a companion book entitled: Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It.

I didn’t hesitate. I’d done my own version of the retreat back in 2010. I submitted my version without a second thought. It was something fun and required minimal work. By August of 2015, I received an email confirming my place in the book. An editor from New York would soon contact me to begin the editing process.

I was floored.

Crank. Out. Content.

I reached a personal goal…content. I have no background experience as a writer or with professional blogging but I wanted to try something new. With a couple of short stories whirling around in my head, I decided to start with WordPress as a motivator.

My next step is to work with an editor to polish up each story for grammar, clarity and ideas. I’ll be using Fivver for the help. It’s fascinating what technology can help us create.

Here are the six stories I’d like to start with:

That Pink, Wavy, Elongated Tongue; The Grubb Twins; The Loneliness Cold; Mr. Patrone; The Ketchup Stain; That Boy; That Girl.

This part will take a bit of time, which is fine. Summer break is in about two months and I hope to have this project completed by then. All I can do now is open up my heart and allow the evolution process to begin.

Also a quick shout out to all the twenty – four followers who have taken the time to either follow or like my content…I really appreciate you.

Blog Highlight: The Cat’s Write by Milly Schmidt

Bedroom; 2019

As I celebrate two months of blogging, I wanted to reflect and take inventory on what I’ve learned and created so far. My overall goal is to learn how to write and eventually self publish. Although some of my stories still need a lot of work: grammar, detail and final resolutions, I’m using this platform as an incentive for myself to crank out weekly content.

I would like to thank all of the 18 followers who have chosen to either like my content or add me as a regular onto their WordPress Reader. I promise to make an effort and read everyone’s blog (or at least browse through them) as I get to know all of you wonderful people.

So far, when it comes to serious blogging, of all the “must – do’s” I’ve learned, it’s to share content from other bloggers. I believe it’s a great way to spread creative energy. This week I’d like to focus on aesthetic and content.

Milly Schmidt’s: The Cat’s Write

I absolutely love what Milly is doing with her professional writing and personal blog…it really is inspirational. When I first clicked on her page, my eyes were automatically drawn to the clean lines and relatable text. It helped me understand what she’s passionate about. She’s written several short stories and if you get a chance please read: Two Weeping Willows...if you haven’t already.

Milly’s very generous in the blogging community: educating others by sharing her own struggles and achievements…but has also taken the time to highlight others.

I want to be like Milly’s blog when I grow up!

Thank you for stopping by : )