Well folks, this post is to tell you I am taking a break from blogging, Twitter, and Facebook for a while. I am not sure how long…maybe a week, maybe a month, maybe indefinitely – probably not indefinitely, but, then again, who knows. Blogging has allowed me to share the inspiring things that motivate me and has provided a platform for my writing, but I often ask myself, “Why do I blog? Do I do it for myself? For others? Is it important? It is making the world better?”
These same questions arise when I think about my presence on Twitter and Facebook. Often meaningful and sometimes meaningless (or maybe it’s sometimes meaningful and often meaningless) 140-characters or less tweets about my meals, my daily activities, my adventures, my design projects, my favorite quotes or Bible verses, great news articles or blog posts, songs, ideas, events, photos – Do these life updates really matter to people, or do I somehow feel the dire need to document the “important,” carefully-selected parts of my life hoping they do matter?
Facebook carries an additional deeper level of disconnectedness in myself and between me and the outside world. Seeing people’s romanticized versions of their lives makes my own feel somewhat…lacking. A confident, capable, talented, beautiful woman, I can’t help but feel discontent when I see relationship status updates for newly engaged or married couples or photos from people’s trips to other countries. I become dissatisfied with my own current situation (single with no means to travel) rather than excited, supportive, and happy for my friends and satisfied with where I am in my journey. I also 1) feel I know some individuals more intimately than I actually do by having read their statuses and browsed their pictures and 2) feel their lives are perfect rather than human, something I’ve termed as the Disney-Movie Effect. You know? Seemingly happily ever after.
Lauren Hill, during a taping of an MTV Unplugged special, said, “Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need…I’ve just retired from the fantasy part.” I want to do less blogging, less tweeting, less posting and more living. I want everything I do, say, write, or think, every decision I make, and every relationship I have to be intentional, i.e. with a purpose. I want to live in the here and the now. I want to live in reality.
I’ll be on Pinterest occasionally, so feel free to get inspired with me there. For those close to me, a phone call or letter would be nice. Let’s try being real friends.
Patience and dedication,
Photo by Jeff Luker
This summer there are four things I am dying to add to my closet. Although, with a tight budget these days, they may have to wait. I’ll share an item a day this week starting with today’s Summer Must-Have: a BIG Necklace!
I love the statement large accessories bring. A huge, colorful necklace can add to any outfit, even a simple, plain-white t-shirt. Here are some inspiration photos I love…
via Madame de Rosa
I love these animal portraits by Berkley Illustration available at The Land of Nod. The Land of Nod is a home decor website targeted towards kids rooms (I’ve been working on a bedroom design plan for my 3-year-old nephew!), but it has a lot of room decor that could work for any art and design lover’s home. I’ll be featuring more great pieces from The Land of Nod this week.
One of the greatest people on earth, whom I’m blessed to have as one of my closest friends, is Benjamin Swanson. His mother, Bethaney Swanson, discovered she had colon cancer a year ago, and after 6-months of surgery, radiation, and chemo, she was doing very well. Recently, however, the doctors found the cancer spread to her lungs and chest walls. She will be undergoing more chemo and CyberKnife radiotherapy, a series of treatments that costs $40,000 and is not covered under her insurance policy. Friends, families, coworkers, and strangers are rallying together to help provide financial support to the Swanson family. Bethaney and Jeremy have two sons, including Ben, and a daughter. If you would like to contribute to the Bethaney Swanson Cancer Fund, please make checks payable to the Bethaney Swanson Medical Account and send to the following address:
Sharon Brannan, CPA
161 N. Main St.
Williston, FL 32696
If you’re in Jacksonville, Florida on June 8th, you can also support the Bethaney Swanson Cancer Fund by attending the Personnes, The John Carver Band, and Gator Ghost concert. Sure to be a good time!
Prayers are also welcomed!
Poster by Brittany Norris (another friend!)
To piggyback on my last post about books, my favorite bookstore of all time – with Chamblin Bookmine in Jacksonville, Florida coming in a close second – is the Strand in New York City. Wooden bookshelves, LOTS of books (2.5 MILLION or 18 MILES of new, used, and rare books), a maze of a building (3 floors) with never-ending nooks and crannies, and rich history (family owned since 1927!). I have to pop in when I’m in the city…
It’s where books are LOVED!
When my uncle was in town a few months ago, he took me to see the Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films at the Carolina Theatre in Durham (A historic theater that shows movies and hosts concerts. A must go if you live here and have never been!). I, along with everyone else in attendance, fell in love with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which, with no surprise, won the Oscar. It captures the beautiful, amazement of books.