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Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11 Make three wishes...

Well... hello... so used to not being here so often that this stretch of blogging daily is beginning to feel a little like a habit...  I'm liking it... though it often feels like reaching a hand out into the darkness, unsure of what is there.   One of the things about blogging that has always left me feeling a little hollow is that I can see that traffic-- I know you came to read... but there is so little feedback.    I love reader comments-- not just that validation that it provides, but the opportunity to meet other bloggers, get exposed to other ideas and styles, and the sense of community that it helps build, as in "I am speaking to you and you are responding to me."   the internet is great for opening doors, but it has fractured our communication to soundbytes and footprints.   I'd rather know my visitors by their words than the technical footprint that tells me someone was here.   So for my first wish:  I wish that everyone who stops by to visit here leaves a comment.  Even just a "hi, I stopped by" is plenty. 
My next wish is is big and personal so I guess I need to give some back story--  I live in northern Louisiana these days, but was in southern LA when hurricane Katrina blew through.  I lost my home, my pets, my lifelong accumulation of things that mattered (or that I just couldn't throw out, and to be fair, it was probably an even split).  We found ourselves in Monroe, being housed by relatives of mine i didn't know I had, and the struggle to rebuild our lives began.   I changed careers, found a job I love but was the only one of us able to find work.  I had a baby, who is now my beautiful four year old boy.  We bought a house, never really thinking that the years would pass without my partner being able to find sustaining employment.  We have a disaster loan from the SBA that has been in hardship deferment for many years, but that has now ended and my mortgage payments have doubled as a result.  So for the second time in less than a decade, I face losing my home.   Despite the facts, I remain hopeful that things will work out, and that perhaps, this challenge is just where I am meant to be right now.   those who don't know me well enough to know the details of my life woud never know that I am struggling to keep my house.  Even with all of this going on, I took on the creation of the Planet You workshops and mixed media art supply store because I believe in Planet You, and the power of our words and of our inner voice and of our collective voice and actions.   I love teaching the writing workshops but I'm woefully ignorant about the marketing aspect of all of this.   Wish number two is that Planet You finds it way into as many lives and hands as it can possibly reach.  (if you're just getting to this blog for the first time and want to know more about Planet You, click here)
Wish number three is that I continue to learn and grow by listening to the world and the whispers within.  
So, help me out with wish number one and tell me what three wishes you make today?    Belief is a powerful thing, and if you are willing to believe, you will begin to see the changes you hope for. 
Make something beautiful with your heart and your hands,


sandi said...

I totally agree with you on the comment thing - I LOVE comments... and wish it would match my feed. I try to comment. Truly I do. LOL

As for your wishes... My first wish is that your wishes come true.

My second is that I can have 10 more wishes.


Beatrice, Bea, Bibi--That's me! said...

Planet You and Burn this Book are life attention! These classes are important!!

My wishes for today are that I am 1. productive and that I learn one new thing daily. 2. I am grateful for the good things. It's time to remember the good things and leave the things that aren't so great behind.
3. That someone out there loves me as much as I love them.

I totally agree about comments. I don't write much because I don't get many comments. I love writing and telling a story, but I love the acknowledgment as well.
I pray that your wishes are will all come true in the way that they are supposed to!

Jewels said...

Ditto on the comments wish. Yours are so eloquently written, mine feel sort of bland. That's ok. I'm learning from NaBloPoMo how many amazing writers there are out there. Here's hoping all our wishes come true.

Jenn and Casey said...

Wow! I'm so sorry for everything you lost, and I hope that your wishes come true!

Nature Walker said...

You are absolutely right about the comments. I did not realise how much it means till I started getting them! Actually, I started writing simply to satisfy the urge to write- play with words. I was not- at that time- writing to be read. And then I started hearing from people that they loved to read what I wrote. That felt good- but I did not get to know why or what they liked because they never really left a comment! And then, when I started getting to hear from others- and got to see their blogs- I realised just how wonderful the world is and how beautifully people write!
I really do wish you can ise above the losses and get al your wishes...
God bless.