June 30, 2013

The BW is Six Months Old Already?!?

cactusApparently, my blog is six months old today. If I were a more organized blogger, I would probably have already known that, but I actually found out by accident when someone asked me how long I’d been blogging and I had to go back and find my first post to figure it out. “Huh,” I thought, “I guess it’s been six months already…”

Upon realizing that I have been blathering on about cats and whatnot for half a year now, my usual thought process began to take hold. I am, what you might call, a recovering pessimist. I naturally see the bad, the wrong, the things that should have happened, and so I can have a hard time patting myself on the back for things that aren’t what I deem to be “perfect.” It’s not necessarily a Debbie Downer attitude (I don’t ruin children’s birthday parties with stats on feline AIDS), but I have this incessant need to have everything within my control be an A++ job, or I consider it a total failure. This attitude makes for a very good student or study buddy, but it can bring unnecessary stress when you solely focus on what didn’t get done to your usual standard and you don’t give yourself a break now and then.

I call myself a recovering pessimist because my husband Todd is as easy-breezy, laid back, hammock in the shade, Sunday afternoon nap, televised golf game relaxed as you can get. Thankfully his half-full attitude rubs off on me the longer we are together and I can see a lot more good in situations than I could before. All that to say that once I realized I’d been blogging for six months, my natural instinct was to list all the things I hadn’t accomplished at this point (not posting enough, not as good at photography as I should be, etc.), but the Todd side of my brain took over just in time, and instead of feeling critical for what I haven’t done or what I can’t do, I’m grateful for all that I have learned so far. Do I still have goals for what I’d like to achieve in the next six months? Sure! Goals are great to help guide where you want to go, but I’m learning to enjoy the ride a bit more and reassess what “winning” looks like when you get to your destination.

Thanks for riding along so far. MWAH!


16 thoughts on “The BW is Six Months Old Already?!?

  1. Lou

    Happy anniversary! You’re doing an awesome job – I find myself liking this blog more and more. I really love the way you inject your kooky sense of humour into your writing. Thank you 🙂

  2. Pamela Petrus

    Way to turn you thoughts to something positive! I, too, have a new blog AND the same I-should-be-doing-better attitude towards it. I also have the same upbeat, see-the-best-in-things husband. It’s amazing how they rub off on us! Your description of how everything has to be an A+ explained my thoughts towards my own blogging journey. However, we both have to give ourselves room to grow and learn. I think you’re doing a wonderful job, and I love following along. Here’s to an even better 6-12 months for the both of us!

  3. Blythe

    You are my favorite blogger, and you have been doing an incredible job of using your voice in your posts and keeping it real! I am a female audio engineer (Mute Math rocks, IMHO) and a crafter so I come from both sides 😉

    Your attitude is inspiring, and thank you so much for keeping up this blog!

    xoxo, Blythe

  4. Daniela

    Six months?! Really?!?
    So… I think I read you ever since day one, or two!!!
    And it’s hard to believe you to be a pessimist!
    Anyways… It’s been a pleasure to read the BW!
    Kind regards,

  5. Kierra Makayla

    So I just came across your blog today & literally fell in love with it. I’ve read so many of your newer post and older and you & your husband are just fantastic. Good luck with everything thing in life and I will definitely be stopping by quite often.
    Love, Kierra Makayla

  6. Patti Sobetski

    No joke, your blog was my first and has been my favorite to follow! I am new to the blogging world and I really love your ideas and feel that I can relate to you. I seriously love this blog so enjoy what you have accomplished so far because you have turned me into a blog lover! <3

  7. elissa

    Thank you so much for this post!! I read a lot of blogs and sometimes I start feeling a little down on myself because their lives look so perfect. Thank you for showing that a real person writes this blog. I too am a natural pessimist, but have felt myself changing over the years due to surrounding myself with “happy” people. I really love your style and blog and think you are doing an awesome job. Keep up the good work girl!

  8. Annie Haase

    Congrats on 6 months! My little sister Sarah (Joel’ s girlfriend) always goes on and on about your blog! Glad I started reading! Love your sense of humor and how your writing style reflects it!


  9. Vintagehoneybee

    I really need to work on being a more positive person too. My husband is like yours and thank goodness for that because he really keeps me calm.


  10. Reeve

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog today. I am a singer-songwriter/blogger and I absolutely love the concept of your blog. Thanks for putting it out here:) congrats on 6 months!


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