Three years ago today I crossed the bridge from blog reader to blogger.
Cornish-Windsor covered bridge, Vermont (and New Hampshire)
I was scared, but I had a plan when I published my first post, There’s No Place Like the Prairie.
I wanted to create my author-ly space here on the internet (aka author platform),
A place to hang my quirky creative brand hat
not that I could define it at the time
Mini me wearing one of my first quirky hats
Oh and I didn’t have expectations
or, if I did, I didn’t know what publishing my thoughts, my books, my photos (hey an audience that doesn’t require a family room and a slide projector!) would actually feel like.
Some of my 1,095 Hey I’m a writer! days were pretty awesome
Flower garden at Trapp Family Lodge (the family that inspired The Sound of Music!!)
Others, kinda droopy. Seriously.
I like how Kate over at 4amwriter summed up the droop-tastic feeling:
“The bottom line, I discovered recently, was that I never told myself what I would do when I got rejections. I knew I’d get them. What I didn’t know is that they’d lay me out flat. And because I didn’t set myself a specific battle plan, it was easy to turn tail and run.” ~4amwriter
Enter courage (well, after some tears, some dessert, and a perusal of the classifieds).
The Trapp Family lodge in Stowe, Vermont makes an impressive first impression.
Okay, so courage doesn’t always make a dramatic entrance. Some days courage is one word, one tiny doodle, one smile.
And some days it’s just not quitting.
The creative life needs courage.
Our heads are not just in the clouds, we’re weaving fluffy, silver lined couture garments.
Yeah. Vulnerability is NOT EASY.
In fact, the image from my blog that has been pinned the most is this one:
Oh and my mom’s cream cheese cookie recipe is not trailing far behind.
Some of you may have guessed barns.
Barn nestled on mountain overlooking the village of Stowe.
By the way, thanks to Clay Watkins for tweeting me about his own barn finds!
But I’ll take courage and cookies (and supportive friends like YOU).
They’re great companions for climbing mountains.
Even if you can’t quite make out the mountain. Yet.
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.
~Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Sound of Music
How are you mustering courage, or climbing mountains? Or just tell me your thoughts on cookies. I’d love to know.