Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ten Things

Hello!

Well, I talked to my dear friend Angie today.  Angie is a blogger who has been traveling the world for the last year.  She's home a quick stay in the States, so I was super excited for a much-needed phone chat!

I told Angie that I'm trying to get the blog up and running again but don't quite know what to do with it.  She recommended that today I write a short and sweet post entitled, "Ten Things On My Radar," or something to that effect.  When Angie tells me to do something, I do it, so here we go!


Ten Things:
  1.  Pinterest.  I'm sure you are all on Pinterest, but just in case someone out there isn't, hop to it and pin away. And swoon for hours.  (Follow me here, if you would like!)
  2. The Sing-Off on NBC. Love love love me some a cappella groups!
  3. This hooded khaki trench coat.  I decided it was time to grow up from the old red Columbia rain jacket with zip-in fleece, but I had a hard time finding a cute jacket with a hood. nordstrom.com to the rescue!
  4. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Me and everyone else in America, but still. Fall in a cup.
  5. Silence. Less Bert Show, more quiet on my 45-minute morning commute. This is a good thing.
  6. Evernote. I love my sweet boyfriend for many reasons, but add the fact that he introduced me to Evernote to the list. A digital, categorized to-do list on steroids. Download it on your computer(s) and phone. Perfect for an organized geek like myself.
  7. The Pistol Annies, country music trio featuring Miranda Lambert. Listen to their new single, Hell on Heels.
  8. Atlanta and Real Simple magazines. In New York, I subscribed to Entertainment Weekly, New York and Glamour. I think my new subscriptions are indicative of a new phase of life.
  9. Palmetto Cheese with Jalapenos. This pimiento cheese will change your life. Thanks Amy and Meg for contributing to at least 2 new pounds that I've gained this month.
  10. Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! on NPR. In Atlanta, this "Oddly Informative News Quiz" is on 90.5 FM every Saturday morning at 11am. I, however, usually listen to the Podcast on Saturday evenings while I get ready to go out with aforementioned sweet boyfriend.
That's it!  I hope you enjoy these ten things as much as I do. :)
jm

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Restart

I used to have a blog.

(I guess if I'm typing this, and you're reading it, I still have a blog?)

Correction:  I have a blog.

My blog has been dormant for almost five months.  I didn't mean for that to happen, necessarily.  It just kind of did, and the time kept ticking on.

Lately I've been thinking about why I used to blog here and why I started blogging here and why I stopped blogging.  A few thoughts:
  1. My blog in New York started as a way to connect with family and friends, and it morphed into a fun little hobby for me as I wrote about life and faith in the city. Generally speaking, I think that people are more interested in reading about a regular person's life in a place like New York than a regular person's life in a place like Atlanta. I may or may not be correct on that.
  2. As much as I want to continue to develop as a blogger, I've never quite been able to identify my voice and my inspiration in Atlanta compared to New York.  Note: As far as I  am aware, that is not true in real life, but only as it relates to my blog. 
  3. I have been busy.  Some of the free time that I previously allocated to blogging now goes to other areas.  Particularly to this one.  And I could not be happier about that, because isn't he the sweetest?  :)
  4. I needed a break. I love to write (although let's be honest, I'm not writing a post-doctorate thesis here on old Lovely Days), but sometimes I would sit down to an empty Blogger template and just feel overwhelmed at the process of typing words. 
  5. Twitter has become a sort of micro-blog for me and seems to be the place I connect most with friends and find little nuggets of daily inspiration.
All that to say, though: I'm going to start blogging again! I don't know how many people are out there - you may have, justifiably, deleted me from your Bookmarks or Google Reader feed - but it's time for a new chapter.  I'm ready to have a creative outlet again. With fall on its way, I think I'm settling into a calmer, more routined schedule. And I'm in a really joyful season of life that I'd like to share.

So here we go! Pressing restart on The Lovely Days and looking forward to a new chapter.