The Irony of a Blogpost about Starting Something New

I have wanted to write this blogpost since 2012. Yup. It's been in the back of my mind since then. Every once in awhile I'd remember, "yeah, I want to write that blogpost about Starting Something New," and then, I'd get distracted by something and time passed.

About a week ago I went looking for my old journal in which I had written notes for this blogpost. It's been in various places since then: on my desk, in my bag I take to work, and on our kitchen bar. And now it's come to today; June 1, 2014. I'm finally sitting down to write no matter how good the finished product ends up.

In 2012 Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author, published her eighth children's book with Laura Cornell: My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives*. In an interview with Tavis Smiley on his PBS show she described how we as adults are reluctant to try new things. In her words,

How often do we adults try new things? And yet, these children are so open and willing to try, and willing to look foolish and stumble and fall. And I think it's because as we've gotten older the media has made falling kind of like a joke. It's like the media now is at the ready to catch any public figure from falling literally, spiritually, physically, mentally. They're just lying in wait. 

We could learn something from young children who try new things all the time. In order to grow and develop we have to be willing to be vulnerable, get out of our comfort zones, and maybe even appear foolish. We can do it alone and in private or even more bravely, out loud, front and center, broadcast for the world to see. One thing I do know is that if I choose to be on the sidelines I stagnate. And life just isn't much fun, standing and watching others play the game.

Don't wait two years to try something new.

Need an idea? Here's one: the Index Card a Day Challenge hosted by Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow. I've never participated but this year I'm going to do it. Will I decorate 61 index cards? Who knows? It will be fun to find out.

You can play along with me and many, many others. I will be posting my index cards on my Instagram page. Search using the hashtag, #icad.

What will you start? What will you try?

Around Here

Around here... 

    • read this post by my friend Liz and it inspired me to write the one you are reading.  And I think I want a unicorn now. 
    • seriously loving my new Macbook Pro.  Worth every penny.  I've never had a laptop before.  So so nice to just sit in bed with it on my lap and type away.  Hoping that it will motivate me to blog more often.  
    • got this book from the library.  Proud of myself in a strange way.  The fact that I'm saving money, that it's such a big book.  I usually prefer to buy new books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.   I am loving it, by the way.  I don't want to put it down.  I don't want to do anything else but read it.  Surprised it doesn't have a higher rating on Amazon.  
    • getting closer to school starting for the kids.  Yes, I know it starts very early around this part of the country.  My girl will start high school.  So so freaky.  I remember so much what it was like to start high school.  Sometimes it seems like the decades ago that it is and other times it feels like yesterday.  (Then I look at this body of mine and am brought back to reality.)
    • hubby has been doing lots of reading.  He'd like to write a book someday.  He just asked me how to pronounce in German the name of St. Wilgefortis.  She is the patron saint of women who want to get rid of their husbands.  ha ha  No, I don't want to get rid of him.   
    • it is fun to see what my boy will come up with next.   The only toys he needs are cars, legos, and stuffed animals.  His engineering mind uses anything else to create all sorts of concoctions.
    • working on a blogpost about my experiences at the World Domination Summit 3 weeks ago.  I am behind.  Hope someone will want to read it. 
    • also working on this project.  Plan to officially announce it on Monday.  Trying to figure out how to make a badge/button so anyone can add it to their own site.  So many directions via google.  Just want something easy! 
    • driving to eastern Kentucky to teach this weekend.  Three hours on the road.  Would rather be spending the time with family so I can sympathize with the students who probably feel the same way.  Thankfully, the drive and the place is beautiful in the mountains. 

    What's going on in your neck of the woods?