I had been toying with an idea of writing a blog for quite some time, when I wrote my first post on March 8, 2011. I felt like I had an interesting story to tell, but I didn’t know where to begin. I started out by writing a journal on Baby Center, called “Adventures in Toddlering.” That did not take off in the way I hoped it would, so I tried a blog on Blogger. I don’t even remember the title, but it set my focus at minimalism, exclusively. I never even wrote my first post.
It was in March, that I remembered what my professor, Molleen (here’s her blog) had said to me, after reading the journal I had been writing for her class: that I had a way of making mundane, everyday events, very interesting. I had had an easy time writing the journal, so I decided to do the same thing with my blog. I chose the title “Our So-Called Life,” because I thought it would be very appropriate for stories about our daily lives, from kind of a lighter perspective at times.
I began with 10 readers, most days, and they were all family and friends (thank you Nathan–writer of my very first comment, Jocelyn, Dori, and Mom–aka “Grandma”!). I enjoyed writing, and gradually people shared and I picked up more readers.
But, after I wrote that post of Miss Minimalist, things changed. It’s not so important that I had more readers, but what mattered is that I was now a part of a community. While I still focused on the quirks of daily life, my writing moved more and more in the directions of minimalism, intentional living, adventure, and living your dreams.
This winter has been a journey for me. I have faced fears and demons from the past, and been faced with new challenges in the present. Our family will be making some choices in the months to come, and there will definitely be some surprises for you.
It’s become clear that “Our So-Called Life” is no longer a fitting name for this blog, and the new title seems obvious. Time and time again, I have quoted this poem, by Constance Caverfy. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that life itself is a journey, and that we should remain focused on learning all the we can along the way, rather than fixating on the destination.
So at this turning point in our lives, I would be honored if you would join us at my new site, “Journey to Ithaca.”