Monday, May 06, 2019

Simple Gratitude | 146

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



Good morning, friends. I usually write this post on Sunday afternoon or evening, but as I'm typing these words, the clock just struck 2:30 in the morning. Yes, I've been known to keep some crazy work hours, but today, I can thank that burst of energy that comes from doing something so productive, it completely puts your soul at ease.

As many of you know, I've been thinking about the purpose of this little blog for quite a while now. I've been struggling with what I should be doing versus what I want to do, and in the last few days, I've finally come to a decision about how to move forward. So, this weekend, I made good use of the delete button. I went back to the very beginning and got rid of any post that wasn't authentically me or wasn't showing my true writing style. I deleted about 50% of what I've written here and edited another 10%.

I'd like to tell you that these were hard decisions I was making, but I'm at the point in this journey where I just wanted to clean house and only display what was worthy. So, here we are - about 250 posts fewer than I started out with, and I have no regrets.

Hope you all have a wonderful week and remember to be grateful.

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • Finally figuring out how to bring a little balance back into my life. As I shared above, I've come to some big decisions about my life and my work and I'm excited to focus on putting these steps to action. This might look like keeping strict "office" hours again and allowing myself the time to rest and be creative on a more regular basis.
  • Planning a family vacation. While hanging out with my sister this weekend, we decided to be spontaneous and book a beach vacation for the summer. Now, it looks like it might be a full family affair to include deep sea fishing and a trip to a national shoreline to see wild ponies.
  • Mexican food. Cinco de Mayo. Need I say more?
  • Writing role models. I connected with another writer recently and this girl kicks ass and takes names. She has written for some of the biggest platforms out there today and has some awesome advice to share. She is one of the reasons I decided to do the big purge and she's inspired so much creativity in me.
  • Watching my nephew dance. He is four years old and is a major ham, so when we turn on music, he takes center stage and shows us his moves. Nothing cures a rainy day or a bad mood like seeing a child shake his booty all over your living room.

What are you grateful for today? 

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20 comments:

  1. shootingstarsmagMay 6, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    That's awesome you kind of purged your blog and left just the things that suit you and your writing. Yay for a family vacation. I'm sure that will be a lot of fun. I could use a vacation at the moment. LOL

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. Your blog is your space and I think it is so important that you are happy with it.
    Balance is so important - sometimes difficult but always worth it! So glad you are bringing this back into your life.
    Enjoy your family vacation this summer.

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  3. Love love love so much that you cleaned house to only showcase work in your blog that speaks to your authentic self ❤️ That’s so amazing and inspiring. I would love to go back and hit delete on some of my old posts, too.

    Awww your nephew sounds adorable. Hope you had a lovely weekend, my sweet friend!

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  4. Good for you cleaning house! I think that is a wonderful idea and a great way to be true to yourself. I might have to go through and do something similar. We had some good Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo yesterday as well, I love me some tacos!

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  5. Wow! I have a lot of OLD posts that don't really fit with my "brand" anymore, but it's so hard to get rid of them. I have thought about going back and at least making them private so if I ever want to look on them again, they'll still be there but I haven't. Since I've been blogging since 2010 or 2011, it's a LOT of posts. lol

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  6. Sabrina - The Budding OptimistMay 6, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Good for you for taking the plunge and committing to what your heart really wants to write! I'm grateful for the good weather we've been having lately (it's usually pouring all day, every day this time of year where I am) and being cancer free for almost 10 years now. Just had another good checkup and I feel blessed!

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  7. Today I am grateful for my guys. One kids strength amazes me and the other never fails to make me laugh when I need it most. Im grateful to have had David with us today. Im so glad you have found some balance. I was just thinking I wanted to completely overhaul my blog, rename, rebrand it all. But, Im not sure Im ready just yet. Super excited for this vacation! Getting away is so very important! Love it when it all comes together! Have a great week!!

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  8. It's such a freeing feeling! Hope you are able to get some vacay time soon. :)

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  9. You're right! Balance is so important!

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  10. It is such a good feeling to get rid of the excess. Hope you enjoy your week!

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  11. Cleaning up the old posts on the blog is one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. Yay for tacos!

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  12. There were a few old posts that I wanted to remove from the blog, but I copied the text into Word docs and will save them. Perhaps I'll rewrite and post them again in the future... :)

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  13. You have wonderful guys! I did a rebrand on my blog a couple years ago and I can say that you will know when you're ready. Either an idea for a new name will strike you out of the blue or you'll just have the motivation one day and do it. That's how it happened with me! :)

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  14. Cancer free for ten years? That's definitely something to be grateful for and celebrate!

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  15. I recently did a huge blog post cull and edit too! So many of my earlier posts were just plain rambling, and really didn't add anything to my blog, life, or the internet in general. I feel good knowing what I have left is 100% "me"!

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  16. Wow! Amazing article

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  17. I think I was in the trenches of studying for my big exam so I missed this. I have tons of things I wrote in the early days of my MySpace blog that I moved here. Because my blog is mostly for me and I don't have a brand/any social media to promote, I just roll with it. I'm not sure I could be successful in deleting anything. I can just "unpublish" them if anything. What I do know is I often go back and copy some of these and bring it to today writing what I now believe next to what I did then. I know those "survey" things were popular on MS and I did a bunch so I like to compare then to now. It's a great way for me to see how I grew or how I have been stunted in growth.
    You are brave lady!

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  18. I do look back at some of my older writing and compare it to stuff I'm doing these days. It's always interesting to look back at who we used to be, right?

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