December Blog-a-thon: Day 1

I’ve been struggling with writing for this blog, as it’s been so long since I’ve been writing consistently for it that I keep finding myself getting caught up in this idea of things being “perfect” before I’m willing to post them (or even write them!). Which, as any writer knows, is one of the most effective writer’s blocks out there. Like a giant brick wall of not-writing-at-all-itis.

But now, KABOOM! I’m throwing dynamite at that brick wall in the form of creativity, community, and downright playfulness, as I want this blog to be a space of openness, sharing, conversation, honesty, creativity — not just for me, but for anyone else who comes across it. I’m starting this off with this two-in-one post…

First off, this serves as my first post for a ‘Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon‘ being hosted by fellow coach Jamie Ridler and her sister Shannon. I’ve never met Jamie (or Shannon), but my awesome friend Kari Carlson just did a podcast with her, and Kari told me about the blog-a-thon. As I had already come up with the goal of writing every day in December, this seemed like a great way to do so with other people and add a little creativity and mystery (we don’t know ahead of time what each day will require) into the mix.

The day one post requires a self-portrait so all my fellow Kickin’-It-Old-Schoolers can see my face (…and I theirs! Hi, fellow faces!). Thus, here’s one of my favorite self-portraits from a year-long project that I did back in 2009 (wow, can’t believe it’s been four years!) that really helped me see myself differently, learn more about photography and myself, and allow space for creativity every day for a full year. It’s from the very last day of the project (December 31, 2009) and was taken while on vacation in Florida. (I don’t look all that different now — just shorter hair and colder weather at the moment.)

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Self-portrait by Heather Luxion
December 31, 2009

 

Secondly, I’ve been wanting to set an intention for this blog in writing to help explain what I want it to be, so here’s a start to that: In the same way that I’d invite people into my living room to sit down, chat and be comfortable, that’s what I see this blog being. You should definitely feel welcome to join in the conversation at any time! (There are big conversations coming.) It’s also a space for all kinds of experimentation and creativity! I want it to feel free and open like an art studio with open windows, a light breeze coming through, gotta-dance-music playing in the background, and friends playing frisbee out in the yard. (I’m big on the analogies here.) It’s also a space of unconditional love and acceptance. In the same way that I approach coaching, I’m creating this space to be judgment-free, respectful of every person’s experiences and opinions no matter how different they may be from my own or anyone else’s, and a safe space for people to share and be their whole selves in. (Because of that, all comments will continue to be reviewed before posting — not to keep dissenting opinions out, but to ensure that the space remains free of judgment, hate, prejudice, racism, and the like.) I’ll also continue to share my own life experiences, thoughts, and many, many, many other things as this blog evolves — all with the idea that in our sharing with one another of our own experiences, we often find truths that speak to us, ideas we can apply in our own lives, or maybe just a good laugh or a heartwarming hug.


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This post is part of a Kickin’ It Old School Blog-a-thon taking place throughout the month of December 2013. Anyone is welcome to join in anytime during the month! And, you can find all of my KIOSB posts hereDay 1/31

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I LOVE this photo! I love “beach bikes” and especially bikes with baskets! =)

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Thanks, Donna! As soon as I saw the bike (my aunt’s), I knew I had to incorporate it into my final self-portrait of that year-long project!

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GREAT Photo Heather! NICE to meet you through Jamie & Shannon’s Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon!!! THANKS for sharing!

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Thanks and really nice to meet you too through this! Looking forward to following more of your posts throughout the month as well.

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That is a great photo! How’d you do that?!

I too struggle with wanting things to be perfect before I put them out there, and I want my blog to be a comfortable, welcoming place. It’s a tough balance, but I’m hoping that I’m getting closer to getting there.

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A tripod, a 10-second timer, some running to a ready-to-ride bike, and a lot of failed attempts before I got this one!

I think as long as we’re trying with an intent in mind, we’re definitely moving towards creating what we want — with our writing spaces and everything else in life for that matter!

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Love, love, love this. Your photo, your words, your intention for your blog – all of it. So happy to meet you as we jump headfirst into this month-long adventure!

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Thanks so much, Sarah! So happy to meet you, too!

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I love what you wrote about “not-writing-at-all-itis” and your intentions for this month and your blog. Before finding out about this blog-a-thon I too was thinking about writing each day in December, and this gave me the perfect vehicle and motivation to begin. I look forward to reading what comes of this!

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Me too, Helen! I think we might just be delighted not only with what our fellow writers write, but also with what we come up with!

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Great photo~ don’t we all love to feel the wind in our face and the care free feeling of going barefoot. It is amazing to be here and join all these joyful people to welcome in December!
Peace~
Dawn

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Isn’t it nice? This project, with all you wonderful peoples in it, is already adding a lovely sense of warmth to my December!

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KaBOOM!!! I’m totally delighting in your selfie – and that we’ve been connected in such a serendipitous way! *beam* It feels inevitable that our shiny selves would end up in the same playground! Awesome!

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Love the imagery of a playground! I often think of social media connections that way — like we’re all hanging out in the same community space together, having ongoing conversations and lots of fun!

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What a FUN photo to start the month with. I’m looking forward to this adventure with you!
(And how DID you do that? Timer?)

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Hey Amalia! Yes, I used a timer and had the camera on a tripod. It took many takes and adjustments along the way, but was totally worth the effort!!

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That photo is so careful and wonderful! And thank you for creating such a wonderful safe space for us to be.

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Thanks, Suzie! I’m happy to hold this type of space for people. :)

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That was supposed to be “care-free” not “care-ful”.

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Well, I *did* have to be careful in riding the bike for this shot so I simultaneously avoided falling over (too slow) and running into the camera (too fast). 😉

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What a gorgeous intention for your blog! And I love your photo. Just seeing it warms my winter chilled bones.

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Thank you, Deborah! Glad it continues to add a bit of warmth for all of us all these years later!

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I love your picture and your description of how you want your blog to be. It sounds like a perfect place to visit. I am looking forward to learning more about you and your blog during the upcoming month.

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Thanks, Ginny! You’re welcome back anytime. :)

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Gotta love that Florida weather! Beautiful picture of you!

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I love the visual of you throwing dynamite at that brick wall — blasting a hole big enough to get through to do what it is you need and want to do! Oh yeah!!! And look at your selfie on a bike…ready to cruise to wherever you need to go!

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Glad you like the visual! I love analogies and metaphors, so I tend to use them a lot in coaching and writing and such. I think they’re so helpful for giving us other perspectives on things.

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I am playing as well. Love it!

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Yay! So nice to meet so many fellow KIOSB-ers right at the start! Looking forward to getting to know you better throughout the month.

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What a wonderful way to start Heather! I love that you are setting your intention for your blog and giving it a kick start too! It’s so wonderful to hear of a wonderful, inclusive, loving approach. And I can feel ya zooming in your Selfie pic, wild to see warmness in December – regardless of the year!

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Thanks, thanks, thanks, Shannon! Happy to be on this adventure y’all are leading!

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