Life can be mundane.  It can be repetitive, borrrring, frustrating, and the complete opposite of exciting.  I knew I had to do something for myself – have some kind of creative outlet that would be just mine, only mine.  (YES people I LOVE my kids and am incredibly grateful for this life I have been given – let me just get that out there).  But work, carpool, dinner, errands, grocery store < repeat x 1,000,000,000 > was starting to wear on me.  Big time.  I missed being creative, being passionate about something, anything really.

So…what to do.  How about blogging?  Writing has been proven to have all kinds of psychological benefits – from helping with depression to increasing creativity to keeping your mind sharp – it’s truly an excellent tool.  And nope, you don’t have to be an award winning author who has sold millions of copies.  It really just doesn’t matter – ya just gotta put the pen to paper.  Or keyboard to computer (um is that right?).  Which is a perk for me because surprisingly I am not an award winning author.

And what about Instagram – so many have inspired me with everything from photography to book reviews to my next outfit to where to eat dinner.  Well that can’t be hard, right?  Sort of, yep.  But maybe not in the way you think. The goal can never be about the number of likes or the number of followers, although that’s a fun game to play.  It’s about staying true to myself and using this platform in a positive way to capture and share what I love.  So, being the nerd that I am, I came up with a list to help keep myself on track 😉


  • Fulfill need to create, inspire, and engage.

  • Find new adventures.  Explore.  Hike new trails.  Jump in lakes.

  • Learn from others, share what I know.

  • Read. Read. Read.

  • Practice kindness.  Volunteer.  Help others.

  • Connect with the community.  Shop local.  Eat Local.

  • And the most important, which is noted above but worth mentioning again: stay true to myself – simply go after what I am passionate about.

I gotta say, I get excited just reading these goals.  A creative outlet just for me.  No expectations other than my own.  No frills.  Just me, a camera I don’t know how to use, and pretty awesome place I live in to explore.  What’s your creative outlet?  What are your rules for using social media?  How do you stay sane?!  Lemme know.

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