It’s been a funny thing, not blogging for a while. I didn’t think I’d miss it. Some ex-bloggers I know said that it would take a bit of getting used to, but eventually the desire to share my thoughts with others would wear off. Well, it hasn’t for me. What do non-writers do when they have a thought in their head that simply won’t simmer down? Do you wait patiently for it to go away, like an irritating fly that won’t stop buzzing around? Writing seems a way to lay my fears to rest, or articulate my thoughts more coherently, or simply work through an issue. It feels like a yoga class for my brain. Without this platform, I feel a bit cooped up. Like I’ve been sitting on an airplane in a tiny economy class seat for 10 hours and no one has allowed me to get up and stretch my legs.
And that seems as good a reason as any to continue. But I don’t want this blog to feel like a burden. Like something I HAVE to do each week. I want to leave space and time to devote to other writing projects, and to other hobbies in general, but still have this blank page waiting patiently for me when I need it. I suppose writing is a vocation, a “strong feeling of suitability for a particular career”, as one online dictionary tells me. I could do other jobs, but I fear that not many other careers would tap quietly on my shoulder many times a day, telling me to sit down and create, write and connect.
I’ve tried to keep my new space as clean and uncluttered as possible. My new logo is in keeping with that, designed by illustrator Ben Grib. I wanted to not play on the “mountain’ aspect for once, so he cleverly came up with the little “i” and the feather or quill to add a bit of detail, and denote the writing aspect of things. That little feather also links me to my mom in a way, because birds have always been a symbol of her to me, ever since she died. He didn’t know that of course, when he sent me a version with a quill in it, but that’s the way the world works sometimes, in magical and unexpected ways.
There will be lots of pictures of plants, because they make me feel peaceful (I’ve always wanted to be a florist). There will be posts on style, because that stuff makes me happy. Clothes are another way I express myself and I’ve learned to get more comfortable with that as I’ve got older – some people may find clothing frivolous, but it’s all about how we weight different aspects of our lives.
You will still find posts about my family, although that won’t be the main focus. The interesting thing I’m noticing in this new phase of my life is that parenting is just as difficult, it just gets tricky in completely different ways. So I still think there is space for writing about parenting issues, albeit in a way that respects my kids’ privacy, but which is helpful to others going through similar life stages.
I’ll also write about books, although only the ones I love. And food, because I love to eat. And all things wellness, because I do believe in that adage of health being your greatest wealth.
Also, sometimes they may be shorter posts – no need for an essay each time Belinda. Some days I may just post a poem I love, or a recipe that is delicious. If you want to get notifications, please fill in your details for my newsletter on the right hand side of the page, and you’ll get notified each time I write.
So welcome, and I look forward to walking a cobbled path with you as we skip along, sometimes trip, but always stop to smell the cactuses when the moment arises.