Life is about creating yourself. I have many thoughts to share about that statement, many of which are still swirling around in the salad spinner brain. And, dear readers, I think you also have thoughts about how the events of your life have led you to be the person you are today as well as the person you want to be. I think in the process of creating ourselves we incorporate a selective process where we attach ourselves to what we want to be and try to move away from that which we do not want to be. In the process, we create the person we are happy to be.
As I mentioned in the last post, I was creating myself when I started this blog. Little did I realize that it would, in turn, lead me to other bloggers who are of like mind as well as some who have given me insight into different avenues of thought.
Through an internet search one afternoon I found the Preservation in Mississippi blog which has kept me in touch with preservation efforts in the other state that I love and call home in my heart. I have travelled virtually all over the state reading about the preservation of and sometimes the loss of historic treasures. My love of old buildings was buried deep down inside, I knew it was there, but it needed to come bubbling up to the surface. It needed to be released so I could incorporate it into my life - part of the creating process.
From that blog I found Suzassippi's blog after she became a regular contributor to Preservation in Mississippi. She recently wrote a lovely post that shared our chance connection and how we connected through post office murals and cemeteries. She shares words about historic places (and pictures, too) and introduced me to the Living New Deal project. She also writes about life in Mississippi as well as her trips home to Texas and a dear horse named Rio. She likes good food, pots of tea, and good wine!
Suzassippi in turn led me to other bloggers that have expanded my world. She introduced me to Lana at Hickory Ridge Studio. Lana shares good recipes on her blog, writes about her love of music and horses, she quilts and does needlework, and is a working mother with a precious little one. Often she shares about her struggles with the lack of time and so many things she wants to do. I relate to that struggle and it encourages me to know that I am not the only woman with not enough time to do the things I need to do, much less the things I want to do. Lana also is a super photographer and catches the Mississippi landscapes to share with her readers.
She also introduced me to LindaRe's blog, Between the Gate Posts. LindaRe is a genealogist who describes herself as a community researcher who intertwines family stories with historical events. She has some amazing stories that are heart wrenching to read, but need to be shared so they are not forgotten. I'm thankful for her dedication to sharing these stories as she is also busy tending to her family. LindaRe also includes photographs and illustrations of the people and events she writes about, bringing reality to the stories.
One last blog I want to mention before I close is Southern Lagniappe. Janie is a photographer who shares fabulous pictures from around Mississippi along with beautiful devotional thoughts. She has the artist's eye for capturing nature and I'm grateful that she shares it on her blog. Flowers, trees, and nature always lift my spirits and her blog inspires me to keep on working on my photography skills.
Thank you to all of you who blog and share your world with me. You have inspired and encouraged me more than you will ever know.