This blog has been with me for a loooong time. Aside from my marriage and parenting, blogging is the longest standing 'thing' I've ever done. Seriously! I'm an idea person and have always been willing to change my life to meet new interests, both personally and professionally. Life is short - I like to take chances, try new things, and grow, grow, grow... so long as all of that fits nicely into my low key, homebody sensibility. ;)
But something about coming here, sharing photos and thoughts, capturing handmades (there needs to be a lot more of that again), and generally telling the tale of our days - it fills me and holds my attention quite nicely. Lately I've been thinking of it as a hobby. I'm not really sure why it's never occurred to me (before) that writing a blog could be considered a hobby, but it is. A craft in and of itself, something to be developed and improved upon over time. Both the writing and photography of nearly any blog improves remarkably as the years pass.
Lately I've felt a little scattered in my online world. I've wondered how to pull together all that I am today, without leaving behind who I've always been along the way (because I am still that girl too). Right now, this very moment reflects an evolved version of who I was at the beginning of this blog, as this moment always should reflect.
Since I first hit publish all those years ago, I've gone back to school, moved to a new home, began parenting a teenager, became a homeschooling family, started a wellness practice, and began to think of the craft of writing as something I like to do, or rather I need to do. Because these things have been captured here in some shape or form, it's easy to stand back and observe how this hobby has grown leaps and bounds. Blogging as a hobby, I do love it.
But then there is the reality that this playful activity of blogging has opened doors and helps provide the means for food to land on our table and hot water to stream through our shower. I find that astounding, really. How is that possible? It's not something I could have imagined in my wildest (hardworking) dreams way back when. I do love this circle of women and men who have dug in their heels and are finding a way to both work and live from the comfort of home, offer most of what they do free of charge, and somehow manage to pay a few bills at the same time.
My work (it is so hard to call it that) has grown beyond handcrafts, art, and yoga. It still involves those things, there's just new things too. I find myself wondering how to best capture and offer all of this in a way that feels clear, organized, inspiring, and natural.
I'm sure some of you ponder whether or not your blog title still suits who you are and what your blog is about, over time. Years go by and we grow in our lives, wouldn't it makes sense that our web presence reflect that? But do we need to really change things, or can they just all flow from one original place? Do I have to get really formal and be something like heatherbruggeman.com? I don't want to do that, I like this space and what the title of it means for different people, and for me. I like the open-endedness of something called beauty that moves.
I like for things to flow organically and for visitors to be comforted by their time here. I do offer workshops, but it's the day to day living that I share most of the time.
A few months back I had the idea to provide different rooms here on the web for this and that, a way to sort of separate my work from play. I started writing in a new space, and then there was an accompanying facebook page (all the while still maintaining my regular facebook page), it felt complicated very quickly. Some of you who know me well probably saw that coming. I don't do well with too many irons in the fire.
To be fair to myself, at the time I started Nourish the Whole Self, my writing here was done in a very simple daybook style. I wasn't sharing recipes or projects and craved a place to do so as a way to tie in with my work. But then one day I returned to writing more typical blog posts in this space, and it felt like I couldn't decide what should publish here and what should publish there.
After much quiet thought, I've decided to keep everything in one easy to find space, right here where I've always been. How's that for a grand idea!?
Keep it simple.
So, I'm collecting myself and all that I do and bringing it back here. This week I'll be merging the few posts from Nourish the Whole Self into this blog, and I've got some facebook housekeeping to do. I don't know about facebook, what an odd and potentially wonderful little place. I think it would be best to have a very small personal space for family and close friends, and one for the blog. Which is how I should have done it in the first place but didn't really know the ropes in the beginning.
I've been tinkering with my blog design over the weekend. Nothing major, new colors and a pretty banner. My big project is to filter through the over 1,000 posts here and better categorize them. There really is no need for the number of categories that appear on the sidebar - and I don't think I've even categorized any new post in months. So disorganized, my apologies. Oh! And I need to create a recipe page, that is a must for the new year.
I can't say for sure that I won't have the idea to venture off and create a new space again, but at this time I do feel like keeping all that I do in one cozy place on the web. Perhaps that doesn't make me look as polished as some of the amazing folks who work through their blogs, but down to earth is who I am so simple, humble, and a little rough around the edges it is.
This is such a housekeeping sort of post, autumn is good for that. Let's just say I'm sweeping out the corners, warming cider on the stove, and feeling so very inspired by the change in the air.
This week on my desk is Whole Food Kitchen final details. I can't believe the autumn session begins in one week! Very excited to be with a new (and returning) group of people. Have you seen my little ad on Soulemama's sidebar? You will find a special code there to receive a $10 discount for the workshop. There's one more week to register!
I love having other contributors to my workshops, their voices and experiences enhance what I offer so beautifully. This session of Whole Food Kitchen we'll be joined by Renee Tougas of Fimby, Lisa Moussalli of Frog Bottom Farm, Amanda Soule of Soulemama, Emily Croft of Abide with Me, Christina Davis of From Scratch Club, and Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars.
What a great group! Participants really enjoyed this element to the workshop last time and I think they will again.
For today, after I clear my desk of email responding, and new registration processing, I plan to turn off the computer, strain and can the last batch of applesauce that is currently simmering on the stove, and pull out my sewing machine to work on the lap quilt for my new cozy chair.
Pulling it all together, these facets of me, right here in one little place.