So summer happened, then school resumed and now we are well into fall, although it still feels like summer in sunny San Diego thanks to our long days and scorching hot weather. With four kiddos home full-time over summer, a long trip to Greece, and school starting promptly after our return home, She Blooms Violet had to take a bit of a backseat. And not because I didn’t want to blog, because I did so much, but more because my priorities just naturally have to shift when my kids are home, or when they’re going through major life changes like the start of high school.
Funny thing about that one too…I didn’t shed one tear when my son started kindergarten, but cried like a baby/freak mom from inside my car watching him walk through a tunnel of red and gold balloons surrounded by cute spunky cheerleaders on the first day of his freshmen year. Parenting can be interesting that way – you never know when you’re going to be overwhelmed with emotion.
All these life changes, got me thinking more and more about my blog, its original purpose, and my intention, which was of course to honor my mom and also reignite my love of writing. My mom always encouraged me to write, finish that novel, write that children’s book, try to get published. She even offered to be in charge of sending out my query letters to publishers. I was nervous to take on this endeavor during college, then swamped at work with my first career, then too busy having four kids in the span of 7 years. I was actually writing a novel complete with an official “Novel Writing” course at night and monthly writer’s group when I got pregnant with my fourth little one. And, inevitably my novel, and writing, took the backseat yet again.
So here I am now – present day – with this amazing blog and a motivation to keep it alive and thriving. While I do love blogging about beauty, fashion, cooking and of course anything Greek, I’ve found that some of the categories, like fashion and beauty, are a little harder than others to keep up, especially in the explosive world of blogging and social media. It’s difficult not to compare myself to other bloggers, and not to feel intimidated in the process. I’m so impressed with these women, with 2, 3 and sometimes 4 or more children, who find the time to shop, be photographed, post daily to Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, and then write blog posts almost every other day. But, in no way can I come even close to that level of blogging. And, that’s ok. I don’t want to stop blogging however because ultimately it is my deep, deep, DEEP love of writing that drives me forward. I don’t even feel like love is the right word because writing in so many instances has been my savior.
Keeping all this in mind spurred a shift in my focus for She Blooms Violet. I will definitely still blog/write about fashion and beauty here and there because as I said those are hobbies of mine and things I enjoy. I’ll still sprinkle in recipes because it’s so much fun for me to share my love of cooking and baking, and I’ve received a lot of wonderful feedback about the few recipes already posted to She Blooms Violet. But moreso I’m going to try and focus on my writing craft, share some short stories perhaps, ideas for children’s books, maybe even the first chapters of some of the novels I’ve been working on, or other book ideas that have been bouncing around in my head and on random pieces of scratch paper and sticky notes all over the house these last several years. To make this change easy to navigate, I added the category “Writing Life” on the homepage of She Blooms Violet to create a nice little home for my writing endeavors. I’ll also share favorite book recommendations with in-depth reviews and recommendations.
I feel really good about this shift for She Blooms Violet. I know my mom would have wanted me to write, and would have wanted me to focus on my writing in a very meaningful and productive way. She Blooms Violet might just be the next step I need to write that short story, finish that novel and get all those children’s books ideas onto paper. With all this being said, She Blooms Violet remains true to its original creative inspiration, honoring a beautiful and charming soul whose influence and love radiates through me…day after day, moment after moment, and page after page.