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.)
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.
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 here. Day 1/31