|I took this photo of Chase Bird with my cell phone in February. I didn't take many photos during my break except those for the newspaper.|
Hello, dear readers. I hope you are doing well. I’ve missed you during my two-week break!
I enjoyed the freedom from the routine of writing a post three times a week. I use that word “freedom” carefully. I love blogging and I love the interaction with readers, but I found that I needed a break from the routine, even though I love that routine.
I’ve done a lot of thinking and soul searching during my break. I’ve wondered about the future of my blog and my work.
I started my blog in November 2011 with the purpose of educating others about OCD and offering encouragement to those with OCD. At first, I mostly wrote quite specifically about OCD or the accompanying depression and anxiety that I experience.
Gradually, I started to write more about my daily life. I think the change happened logically and organically. By that I mean that it happened naturally.
I have wondered if I am of any help to those who have OCD, depression and anxiety. I have wondered if I am giving a false impression about what my blog is about. I’ve wondered if I should somehow re-label my blog, even change the title. I’ve wondered if I should keep blogging.
But I am still a woman with OCD. I still fight depression and anxiety. Though I’m in a good place, mental illness still affects me, my daily choices, my health, my outlook.
I love the connections of blogging. I love writing something that someone in another part of the world can respond to. I love learning about how others think on different topics. I love connecting with people I never would have if not for blogging.
I still believe in connection. I still believe that all of life is interconnected. I still want to help others feel less alone.
So I’m going to keep on blogging. I may decide to make some changes, and I still have a lot to consider. If any of you have any suggestions for me, I’d appreciate the input.
Meanwhile, here are a few other things I did during my blog break:
*Took Chase Bird to the vet to get his rabies shot. That’s a whole other story.
*Finally got my books sorted and put up on the bookcases we have now. Suggested to Larry that he needed to build some bookcases for the books that are still in boxes.
*Got our taxes done.
*Received an “adventurous” newspaper story assignment. Again, a whole other story.
*Got more snow, but I didn’t have time to play in it.
*Read three more John Sandford books and did various other reading.