Lifestyle Blogging

Lifestyle Blogging

Without knowing it I have created a “lifestyle blog”–that means in part that I write about my personal interests and everyday life in my blog articles.  

What I found interesting, as I have been writing a while now and developing my blog’s “voice” are the actual things that have come out as my personal interest and the topics in my everyday life that are important.

This has been a great tool in my self discovery.  

For example,  My blog articles are all about family, home, God and country, food and nutrition, history and education and travel.  That pretty much sums up my life! Those are the things I love and thrive on and pretty much in that order.

I found this self reflection fascinating.  Especially when I started thinking about other blogs that I enjoy to read. Their authors–many of whom are also lifestyle bloggers–are very good writers about  what they do–Of course, because it is what they LOVE.

Wow! Huge light bulb moment!

Here are some thoughts for you, if you would like to start your own lifestyle blog, or if you are trying to discover more of yourself.

Write every day.

I know it seems obvious–but you really have to set aside some time each day to write.  Even if it is only 10 or 15 minutes. Journaling about thoughts that come to mind and events that occur in our lives will eventually show a pattern and that pattern will help you discover yourself.

Observe.

Although also obvious–observations about our lives and things going on around us is getting harder and harder to do.  There is so much white noise in the world now. To really observe, you need to turn everything off. Not just the TV or the radio–but also all our technology.  Tablets and phones, even if we are not observing them will ping at us–and disrupt our thoughts about what we are observing.

Let go.

I think this should have been my motto this year.  I have had to teach myself to let go of many things.  In decluttering my house (still a work in progress!) I have had to let go of many physical things that were weighing me down. In focusing more on me and my family, I have had to let go of commitments that were not serving me.  In trying to hone in on my own happiness I have had to let go of situations and people that were toxic to me. And when you are trying to discover yourself–whether you want to be a lifestyle blogger or not–you need to let go of old perceptions, opinions and mental constructs we have had from the past and be opeing to seeing things in a new light.

All of these things may–like they have for me–just help in directing our attention to the you you knew was always there–to the likes and desires, hopes and dreams you have had possibly buried for some time.  Or they may open up to you new possibilities that you never imagined you would want for yourself.

Once you decide to go for the search the road will open up before you and your true lifestyle will appear.  This gives you the opportunity to embrace your lifestyle and continue living the life you want or the opportunity to change it all to the lifestyle you truly crave.

Becoming a lifestyle blogger, I have to say, took a lot of courage for me–but it is one of the best gifts I have ever given myself.

Are you living the lifestyle you truly want to live?  What is holding you back?

My President on President’s Day

My President on President’s Day

Today is President’s Day and the History Teacher in me has a few things to say.

Back in the 70s when in elementary school we the students would commemorate Presidents day by making paper plate President’s faces. We would attach a popsicle stick and hold them up in front of our faces.

We students had no idea what a President was back then–but we knew he must be important because the only other faces we put on paper plates were Jesus and Santa Claus. Very important folks to the little ones.

In the late 70s and early 80s we students in middle school, recited parts of important speeches–primarily by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

We students knew that the President was the leader of our country, that he had tremendous responsibilities and pressures and that some were better than others.  We understood that the Office of the President was an important and sacred one.

By the mid to late 80s we students in high school celebrating President’s Day in school was a little more exciting. We were allowed to pick the President of our choice, research his background, policies, positives and negatives. Most of us wrote research papers about our choice–some had classroom debates about the merits of our chosen Presidential Administration.

We students felt empowered to be allowed to have an opinion. I do not recall a teacher ever telling us our opinion was incorrect. We respected the Office of the President and knew the job was a hard one and that most people did not agree with everything each President did but we would defend our President because he was ours and Ours was the Best Country in the World. We students were optimistic.

And we all, students and teachers alike, got President’s Day off. It was a national holiday, schools closed, the Post Office closed and the banks closed.

Fast forward 30 years and a great deal has changed. Now it seems we teach less and less about our Presidents, our Founding Fathers, our Government structure and our Constitution.

Most of my former and present students don’t know who the Presidents are and don’t feel that the job is that difficult, prestigious or important. They don’t understand how to love their country and they don’t recognize “Hail to the Chief” when it is played.

As a History Teacher of course, this makes me sad.

On most school calendars, many schools around the nation still have the day off in observance of President’s Day, but more and more I notice district calendars observing it one year and maybe not the next–I guess it has become an optional thing.

It is not that important to me whether I get the day off or not, but it is important to me when I realize there is no “observance” of the Office of the President as it used to be.

Many students today have no idea who George Washington was, what Abraham Lincoln did for slavery, how John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Not to mention so many other Presidents–who may not all have been very effective–but at least left us with beautiful traditions for our nation.

I think we have lost something very important along the way.

Nonetheless I am very proud to be an American. I still believe we live in the Best Country in the World and I honor the Office of the President–no matter who is occupying it.

Have a happy Monday!  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of President’s Day.  Have fun!