NaBloPoMo – Whether… or Not…

by Holly on March 1, 2012

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Recently I’ve struggled with the question of whether or not I’ll ever have time to write a post. The conclusion was simple. If I don’t find the time, then NO, I won’t.

It isn’t for a lack of recipes to post about. I’m still baking and cooking all the time, and even manage to take some pictures. The problem is in finding time in front of the computer to do anything about it.

Our regular schedule of running around with three small children is busy enough – school, preschool, basketball, swimming, play dates, etc etc etc…

Then life gets real.

The theme of NaBloPoMo this month is “Whether”. This made me think of all the choices I make in a day, and then the choices I don’t get to make and how or if I can do anything about the outcomes.

I decided to join in NaBloPoMo this month because I’ve been struggling with whether or not I have anything relevant to contribute to this bloggy world any more. Most days it just doesn’t feel like it. There are so many amazing bloggers, who are doing things so much better, more exciting, blah blah blah *insert unhelpful and depressing comparison here* than me.

I’ve seen and heard the quote over and over again and I’m trying to learn to apply the principal in my life – Comparison is the thief of joy.

It really is. As soon as I worry about what everyone else is doing, I forget all about why I started blogging four years ago. I needed a place for me to be me. To find my balance and something that was more than the daily grind and a place to be creative.

Thus this little blog was born. My goal for this month of blogging something every day is to find that rhythm again. I hope as I go along that if you are struggling with any of the *whether* questions of your value in the online community that I can help in some small way. After all, by coming here you breath the life into my little dream!

I’ll be sharing new recipes along the way as well, but I also want to share some of my favorites from the past four years – the picture at the top is of the Mexican Sweet Bread I made last year. It was an instant favorite and I’ve made it several times since then. It is fun to make and so very, very good.

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von March 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for writing this…I have been feeling really off lately, and I finally wrote a post yesterday that I was finally just going to get back to being me…

I can’t wait to read whatever it is you put on the world wide web.

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Holly March 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

Muah!! I think we all go through it at some point. Seems when we feel like it starts to become a job that the release and creativity can suffer. For some that isn’t a problem at all, but I think it depends on that original reason we started. I’m glad I’m trying to find my way back too and can’t wait to blog stalk you some more too πŸ˜‰ I miss getting together with you and our local gals. As soon as this weather officially warms up we seriously need to just have a big picnic or something!

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Krista March 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

You are amazing. You’re getting your groove back baby…you CAN do it!

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Betty March 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Very timely message here for me as well- I seem to have hit a snag and have little time or motivation to even turn on my computer these days. It’s time for me to remember why I started blogging in the first place. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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Holly March 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

Oh Betty! I really hope you do! Just the act of finally cutting loose and doing this is really giving me the attitude adjustment I needed to get on track. Thank you so much for sticking around through it all and always speaking up and supporting me. I really do appreciate it!

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Elizabeth :: BΓ©bΓ© Suisse March 2, 2012 at 1:20 am

I just found your blog through NaBloPoMo Soup. I like your take on “whether,” and I’m glad you decided to keep going for your own benefit. Isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?

Your recipes look very tempting … I’ll be back for another look!

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Holly March 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

Hi again! πŸ™‚ Thanks! It really is what this whole experience is supposed to be about. I’m glad I’m rediscovering that for myself. πŸ™‚

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Elizabeth March 2, 2012 at 7:47 am

Please keep blogging, I have really missed your posts! You keep it real in your posts and thats what I like. So many bloggers are good at first but then you see the change to the blog becoming just a way for them to spit out enough stuff to get sponsers for products, or now buy my cookbook! I like the real life stuff with the great recipes, We, the readers can relate! Thanks for being You!

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Holly March 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! You totally made my day! I really do want to use this month of writing to get my attitude adjusted and back to just being me and not worrying about the rest. I think it’s easy to get so caught up in comparisons that we can become frozen in our tracks. I really, truly appreciate the support!

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Katrina March 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I love your blog and posts and don’t know what I’d do without them. πŸ˜‰ It’s hard though, I know. But don’t stop! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to stop by throughout the month!

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Holly March 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

Thanks my friend! You are one of my inspirations – you’ve never lost sight of enjoying yourself and your family and blog. Seriously, we have GOT to meet up!

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