And Now We Begin

Last Christmas, my Mom and Dad presented me with a wonderful new camera. The gift came with encouragement to “start working on that blog of yours!” Here I am at the beginning of the following December, just now making an honest daughter of myself by writing the first post.

The truth is: I’ve been really scared to do this. A messy little mix of intimidation, self-doubt, and procrastination have kept me from being here, sharing what I’ve got with you.

Self-doubt and procrastination. So appealing, right?

I wanted to start this blog because I am attracted to the notion that life is a slow and steady accumulation of the big and small things we do each day. I like to think that life doesn’t necessarily get all of it’s richness from the grand and splashy moments; but rather the softer, quieter, in-between times.

I am also attracted to the generosity of other bloggers who share their ideas, adventures, worries, and triumphs with their readers. The bloggers I love most remind me that it’s cool to love being in the kitchen more than out on the town, that it’s awesome to take Sunday afternoon naps, and they help affirm that going out for run and making a batch of homemade granola equals a knockout day.

I’m still scared, but I’m also ready to join the leagues of  bloggers out there documenting and making sense of their lives one post at a time. Thanks so much for joining me, and I sincerely hope you’ll stick with me as I foray into this new space.

Let me know what you think. Is it silly to be nervous about starting a project like a blog? What do think about life being a collection of daily routines and moments? Leave me a comment below and we’ll chat!

big hug,

Katie

p.s. I’ll start putting that camera to good use soon. One thing at a time. Baby steps.

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17 thoughts on “And Now We Begin

  1. Well done for taking the first step Katie! Sometimes it’s a matter of getting into a habit – and jotting down ideas you have so that you don’t forget them by the next time you sit down to write. Good luck, and it will be great to see some photos!

    • Thanks so much, Lisa Rose! I’ve got to get a notebook tucked into my purse – it’s amazing how much of life just opens up to being a possible blog post once you get started writing. Looking forward to hearing more about your Kiwi adventures!

  2. I agree with you, it is scary sometimes being out here writing those meaningful moments in our lives, when we may not be like “wow” but more like “when…did that become such an impact in my life?” Like turning around and seeing the long path behind us winding down as the path in front blazes a new direction. Woohoo for you for your first post and during the Truth and Cake Freshly Press yourself!!! I hope you continue to blog to help make sense of things. I’ve been on here for almost a year and I still get nervous when sharing, but I’ve found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had (second only to being a mother and finally beginning to write the novel living in my mind). I look forward to reading more of what you have to share. Take a deep breath and yes, baby steps Katie 🙂

  3. Good and a bold step. Its completely fine to be a little nervous.Life is indeed a collection of the above said but sometimes they are unexpected and unplanned ones.
    Adding pictures will not be a bad idea.
    It’s nicely written and you will do much better with time , i am sure.
    Till then,
    Bye and all the best,
    SUMANT (HOT TAB)

  4. I’m so happy to find you! It’s always refreshing to discover people of a similar mind, that which I am deducing from this lovely and honest post. I think you captured my initial feelings perfectly. I’m only two months in, and daily experiencing many of these sensations. But you are off to a tremendous start! You’re look is also fabulously eye-catching. Looking forward to more!

    • I’m so happy to find YOU, Jane! You had me right away with the Zadie Smith and Brenda Ueland quotes, and it’s going to be so much fun to watch as your blog grows (which I just know it will!). Your simple, streamlined style is also incredibly lovely. Cheers to making new blog friends!

  5. Great post Katie (I share your your thoughts on life as the ‘little’ things and like your writing style) and welcome to blogging! At just three months in I’m still pretty new myself and loving it but I can relate to the fear, I still have it to some extent but I know I’ve found my ‘thing’ and so I’m blogging on!

  6. Hi Katie, welcome to the blogosphere! I think your motives for blogging–to reflect on the softer, quieter, in-between times– are stellar. You’re off to a fantastic start. And that “messy little mix of intimidation, self-doubt, and procrastination” you mention? I can certainly relate–I hope you find, as I did, that there are so many positive things that keep you coming back to your blog, and so many fantastic people that make it a worthwhile endeavour. Thanks for sharing your post with us!

    • Your blog is a tremendous inspiration, so your kind words are very encouraging. With just two posts down, I’ve already found this to be a rewarding adventure. This community has just overwhelmed me with warmth and goodness, and I’ve already met (through “Freshly Press Yourself”) some really awesome people. Thanks for stopping by and peeking around – I would love to have you back!

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