I was all prepared to quit blogging for at least a month. A year-long commitment to blog daily wears one out, you know. (For anyone who didn’t know about my year-long outdoor commitment please scurry over to centria.wordpress.com) I didn’t realize HOW worn out I was from trying to be creative every single day for a full year until it ended. The first few days all I felt was blessed relief. Like wanting to run down the roads shouting, “Ha ha! I don’t have to blog every night! I don’t have to go outdoors every day! Ha ha! I am FREE!”
But I also felt very restless. My whole life seemed topsy-turvy. What to do with oneself? It was challenging. I determined to take a month-long deep inner retreat (while going to work, of course) before deciding what to do next.
Luckily, we chose to drive downstate to celebrate Christmas with my mom and dad and brothers and family since the kids were not coming home from San Diego and Manhattan. What a relief it was to plop in the car and meander down to lower Michigan and not have to sit at home trying to decide what to do with this blog-less commitment-less life.
Oh and meander downstate did we! The trip should take–at the max–ten or eleven hours. But guess how long it took us? You will never guess! Twenty seven hours!! What fun we had. We stopped every two hours, plus an overnight stay near the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace.
We even dined at a Thai Restaurant in Marquette and enjoyed the most marvelous meal we’ve eaten in the Upper Peninsula in a long time. The name of this restaurant is the Sai Uwa Thai Bistro and please consider stopping if you’re visiting.
As of the first day of 2010, I still must learn the art of taking indoor photographs. I don’t know how to control the flash. Either it illuminates everything to a washed-out white glare, or the subject peers forth in darkened ambience. Much to learn about indoor photography in the upcoming year!
Continuing on the theme of indoor photography (please excuse this in advance, I couldn’t help myself!) I found myself in a bathroom in Gaylord and this cute little toilet paper-bear holder insisted upon a photo shoot. I tried to tell him it was inappropriate, but he begged. See how freeing it is to be able to take indoor photos? My mind is still boggled with the possibilities!
Anyway, yesterday, umexpectedly, the Blogging Bug hit. It hit with a lovesick feeling. I HAD to return to blogging on WordPress! I had to! It was a Necessity. As necessary as eating, sleeping, and stoking the fire. It HAD to happen.
I spent most of the last twenty-four hours making big plans. Trying to come up with a blog name. A domain name. A master plan. A secondary master plan. A spiritual plan behind the master plan.
But, finally, I threw all caution to the wind and jumped back into blogging with Lake Superior Spirit! We’ll figure it all out as the year progresses.
In the meantime, I am delighted to have returned to this incredible world of connection and sharing and photos and stories. Don’t necessarily expect a posting every day, though! Although it may happen, I need the luxury of days off.
Thank you so much to everyone who has encouraged this new blog! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!