New Year New Roads

Road to Breckenridge Forest Service Cabin

Forest Service Cabin

Cabin In the Mountains

Photographs taken in Colorado near Kenosha pass.

This blog may be a bit lengthy but I think if you read this you will see yourself in here and maybe follow me as I commit to blogging.

I have committed a sin with blogging.  I started a blog because "everyone"  says  you need to blog. I have to admit I only did it for that reason, but now I am clear on why blogging and making a commitment is so important. I follow some interesting blogs. Some of them I learn about photography and others inspire me to live more passionately. I understand that sometimes we think our life is to ordinary and no one cares, but I am here to tell you this is not true. Every life has a story and it should be told. It is what makes us feel connected in how we see ourselves in others. It also helps to share the things others will never experience or see. This is why I am committing myself to my blog this year. But first I have confess the "sins of blogging" I have listed below

Here are 10 blogging sins I committed:

  1. Started a blog because "they" say you must
  2. Not having any idea what it was going to be about
  3. Actually getting some followers but not committing to blogging
  4. Not  blogging regularly
  5. Being to scattered
  6. Lacking confidence that someone would want to read it
  7. Hurrying the process
  8. Not providing good content
  9. Not being inspired
  10. Not offering anything of value

So do you see yourself in here? I think we all can say at one time or another that we have committed these sins. In my defense, if I may defend myself a bit here, I have been busy re-constructing my life so I can live an extra-ordinary life rather than just an ordinary life.

I lived for 5 years in Belgium with my wonderful husband because I love him so much, but dealing with missing, family, language barriers, not enough nature, no snow, flying back and forth twice a year, trying to run a business, etc.. has brought me to a point where I knew something had to give.

We talked about it and decided that it would be best if I split my time between these two countries (not your ordinary life I would say)  So I decided to spend my winters in Colorado. I have two of my four children that live there, I love mountains and snow, great airport access, lot's of ranches and horses, and nature and wildlife just steps away,  and of course many  back roads so I can photograph the things I love.

So here is my excuse or admission of why I have left my blog sit. I have been very busy trying to set this new lifestyle, which makes for some good stories which I plan on sharing here.

This blog will be about my life and all its turns and challenges along with photographs of the things I find when I turn to go down a back road for peace and inspiration. Wether I am in Belgium or in Colorado I will share my experiences and photographs in hope that you, my readers will enjoy the stories of  living this extra-ordinary life. I will share and tell you how it is possible for you to start to live an extra-ordinary life also. But that is for future post.

So please grant me your forgiveness as I commit to writing and posting all the things I find on my back road journey.

I think we all need to share our lives and thoughts and experiences so we can inspire, entertain, share the wisdom and the beauty each of our lives have within them. If you are writing a blog share it with me so I can be inspired by you.

Here is a blog that inspires me.  Sue is a good friend of mine who has taken the time to share her amazing art and her wisdom in her writings.

Enjoy life and share your story


Blogging About Not Blogging

Ok, I can not be alone here. You have been told to blog right? You have even tried it, got excited about your first and maybe your second blog, but then it happens. Your mind goes blank, you do not think you have anything to say or share, and you just don't get why you should spend so much time making sure your blog is interesting, reads easy and flows, let's readers get to know you even more than you want them to, show nice photography to add interest and do this whole thing several times a week. Are they crazy? I have tried calling my blog by a name of the week like "Monday" so I will be sure to get it done by Monday. Nope did not last. I tried to pick a subject I am passionate about, like things I see and find on the back roads. Nope could not find what I thought were just the right things. I thought about just photographs, but then I obsessed about which ones to use. I just gave it up.....again.

Then it hit me. I am not alone. I am sure thousands have started and stopped started and stopped just like me. But that's the point. We love when we read that someone else is just like us, not as organized, not as dedicated, not as ambitious today, has limited time, mind jumps around like rabbits, just like me. We are all the same but very different. And that my friend is why blogging has become so popular. They say by 2013 1.2 million people will be reading blogs daily. Why, because they can trust the people who are just like them.

The blogs I enjoy reading the most that are about nothing really. Just every day people doing every day stuff like me.

So here I go again. I think I have a normal life where nothing happens but ask my friends or family and they will disagree. I am always on the move in one area or another. So I will begin to "try" to blog again. Maybe I should take the advise my husband always says when I am trying something new.  "Don't try it, just do it"   Yep

There I am off the hook until next week.