Life Lately: Holiday Edition

Arizona roadrunner

*beep*beep*

I am in total denial that Christmas is Friday – as in only 4 days away! It feels like this month’s moved faster than that little roadrunner up there! The gifts have been purchased (along with my ticket back to Alabama) and plans have been made, but I still feel like I’m forgetting something. I’m also not really ready to get back on a plane for an extended trip anywhere, much less for a whirlwind of family, but I suspect I’ll survive.

My primary hesitation in leaving actually revolves around one of my cats. He’s been sick recently and although he is doing better, it’s still touch and go. I’m afraid he’ll have another round while I’m away – I trust his sitters, but I would feel terrible putting that kind of responsibility on them. And of course his usual pet hotel was booked by the time I got around to checking! *sigh* All I can do is hope for the best and try not to worry about it all too much…

My best friend and her daughter (aka my niece) are going to come out to Alabama for New Year’s. We’ve talked about having her visit my dad’s for years now so I’m super excited we’re making this one happen! It’ll be fun to show off my old stomping grounds and to just play in the woods. It is a beautiful place and I know we’ll have a good time. From the beaches of Rio to south Alabama, adventure – and a good New Year’s Eve party – is all where you make it. (smile)

Unfortunately, the work opportunity I hinted at in the last update post fell through. With everything else that’s happened, however, I feel like it may be for the best. It just wasn’t the right time. But I’m definitely not giving up! Although I was pretty bummed for a while, I’m finally starting to see it as a positive thing. I can use this time to tie up some loose ends and prepare more for a big move. Plus there are some potentially exciting opportunities coming up at my current job. Who knows? Maybe this wait could pay off in bigger ways than I could have imagined.

fall leaves, Arizona

Over the last few months I’ve been busy editing photos and drafting content – all of which I was – and am – excited to share with you guys! Last week, however, I sort of hit a stumbling block that I’m still struggling to move past. Said stumble was over two articles I read about blogging. One suggested that if you want more followers you should write less personal content and more “directional” content. The other just implied thought bloggers are all narcissists. Ouch. Part of this recent break was to take time to consider what – if anything – I wanted to change about this space and how it operates. I’d become paranoid about writing only what others wanted to read, and I hated that. I don’t want to become a big time blogger; I simply enjoy having a place to share pieces of life and to meet wonderful people. Period. I thought I’d reaffirmed that over the last few months (to myself anyway) but based on my reactions to those articles, apparently I have not been totally successful. I’m not sure I ever really will be. But I don’t want to stop, so I’m just going to keep on keeping on and see where we end up.

The other blog related item is the decision to share this space with people I know IRL or to continue this semi-anonymous thing I’ve got going on. I’m only aware of 2 people who know me personally and know about this space. Some of the posts I have planned would potentially change that, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s different when you come face to face with people in your life who’ve read your blog. I’m afraid it would change the way I write and perhaps not in a positive way. I don’t want to go right back to where I was a few months ago. Then again, thinking about it, perhaps that’s inevitable. Change is inevitable and it’s usually not for the worst in the long run. Maybe I need to be braver in my sharing. At any rate, I do need to stop worrying about it!

Rock behind tree limb, Arizona

In other news, tomorrow marks the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere (summer for the southern). I know a lot of people hate the shorter days but I’m not one of them. A small part of me will be sad to say good-bye to the longer nights, but there’s always next year. (smile)

I’ve been having fun with reflections on this year and plans for next year – particularly the travel plans! There are few things better than planning trips πŸ™‚ I’m also really excited to play with my new toy and only Black Friday indulgence – my new Nikon D7100. I’ve been using the D90 for the last several years so I felt like an upgrade was justifiable. I still feel like a traitor to my D90, but I think that’ll pass – especially considering I have big plans for that little body!

Okay, so I think that’s enough rambling for the month. I wish everyone a very Happy Holidays – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and any other greetings that I’m missing!! Peace be with us all (smile)

4 thoughts on “Life Lately: Holiday Edition

  1. I enjoyed this post. Like you, I also enjoy planning trips and weekend getaways! Always enjoy the anticipation and having something fun to look forward to.

    I particularly liked this: I don’t want to become a big time blogger; I simply enjoy having a place to share pieces of life and to meet wonderful people. Period.

    I agree and have gone through some of the same mental anguish (perhaps too strong a word) you’re experiencing right now. In the end, like you, I’ve decided this is for ME and if others are along for the ride, all the better!

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    • Thank you so much for this comment! It’s so reassuring to know other bloggers go through the same thing. It’s so easy to forget that not everyone is in this for the money – and there’s nothing wrong with it for those who are, I just don’t like the pressure I put on myself to do the same sometimes. I enjoy reading and interacting with this community so much, I definitely don’t want to lose sight of that πŸ™‚
      I hope you have a very happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m curious to hear about the thought process that went into deciding to be anonymous on your blog. I don’t know that I’d have had any initial followers without family and friends. πŸ™‚ I find it to be a good way to keep connected with those near and far, particularly since the husband and I have a hermit-ish streak. I don’t feel that either way is the “right” way…just curious. πŸ™‚

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    • Being semi-anonymous was one of those unconscious decisions – I started following travel blogs then went down the rabbit hole and decided to start my own, just as a creative outlet. Unfortunately, I have a complicated relationship with my family that makes it easier on all of us if they only know the broad stories of my life. Details of what I get up to somehow always leads to conflict, even the fairly innocent stuff I share on my blog. As time passed and I didn’t share, it just became easier to keep the two worlds separate altogether. Now it’s just difficult to think of changing things up! It was hard at first starting totally from the beginning with followers, but I think it’s also made me more aware of the importance of interacting with the community (although I’ve been a bit delayed on that the last month or so 😦 ). Hope that makes sense – this response has certainly made me think! πŸ™‚

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