Starting again

I’m back! Have you missed me?

I know I’ve been gone too long. But to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing trying to write a blog…

So, what have I been doing all this time? Besides living my life in the real world…

I’ve been obsessing, journaling, brainstorming topics to blog about and trying to decide if I should devote myself to writing or to photography or something else. There were a few other things…

It turns out, even though I should know better, I was trying to be something I’m not. I was trying to focus! I was trying to find a one-true-love theme to my life!

But I’m not that person! It aint ever going to happen!

I’m a “Scanner”. That’s what Barbara Sher calls it when you love so many things (not too many things – never too many things). Some people grow up knowing that they love acting and they become an actor and they can’t imagine ever doing anything else, except maybe writing the occasional play in their spare time. I envy them. But some of us can’t imagine the thought of choosing one thing and doing it forever (or even for the next year, which feels like forever to me).

“You love writing? Just write! If you write every day you’ll get really good at it.”

“You make cute sock monsters. You should go into business with that.”

“If you’re willing to go back to school, being a librarian is a really good career.”

I’m sorry. That’s not me. That’s not what I want from life.

I am a Jack of All Trades, with a little bit of Wanderer thrown in for good measure. I come from a long line of them. I don’t want to master anything. I don’t want a good career. I want a good life. You were planning to dig a garden today with your kids? Do you need any help with that? Sounds like a fun way to spend a day to me. Or we could go take some photos in Seattle…

There’ll be more about Jack (or Jo) of All Trades in future posts. But for now, back to this blog.

It’s not going to be about photography. or writing. or minimalism. or science. or crafts. or culture. or pugs. or libraries. It’s going to be about all of those things, and books, and more. It’s going to be about whatever I’m into on any given day. And so it’s going to be about almost everything. It’s going to be about me (all of the “me”s!)

I might tell you about my bag theory (3 is tricky, 4 is a disaster).

Or about how I figured out what I want out of my job.

I might get all Buddha-philosophical on you (sorry – I’m going to try to learn to write about that kind of stuff without sounding like a big old gas bag).

Or I might tell you some stuff I read in a book (that I was deeply skeptical of) about animal protein that made me change the way I eat.

Or maybe I’ll tell you why I walked down the alley parallel to/between 4th & 5th the other day on my way home and why I want to remember to walk down alleys more often.

There’ll be photos. There are always photos!

But I can’t promise you I’ll do this every day. I’m not an everyday kind of gal.

Thanks for reading.

Jo:)

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4 Responses to Starting again

  1. Kate says:

    Yay! of course I missed you.

    And….this is just what I thought blogs were all about anyway: online diary – a place to be who you are in all factes. Lookign forward to more of the Jo of All Trades…

  2. space says:

    Blog as much as you like, and stop as soon as you don’t like (so to speak). And we’ll be grateful for whatever we get. (Who is this we anyway? Well, I for noe will be grateful.)

    ;)

  3. Pingback: writing, feeling, listening, not thinking! | adventures in the here now

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