For those who know me personally, I am generally not at a loss for words. And yet lately I feel as though I've lost my voice a bit. The past few months have been full of big change, most of it exciting, much of it challenging. I want to write about it all here and yet I feel as though in some ways I've forgotten how. If rambling posts by creative mothers trying to find their way aren't your bag, please rest assured I've got an excellent Apple Crisp Recipe post coming soon!
I recently scaled back my contributor work to make way for a return to this little space that I love so very much. I thought between Jude going to school and less guest posting I'd be all set to craft and cook and blog up a storm. Oh the lies we tell ourselves. I am so very guilty of saying "I'll have time for that when ___" The universe loves to laugh at those kinds of plans. Jude is adoring kindergarten, but it turns out having one in school and one at home is more work, not less. Between getting him there and back, volunteering, soccer, and special events I'm struggling to find this extra time I thought I'd have. Plus, I've needed to redouble my efforts at my "real" job. Oh, and I have a toddler now, with his own agenda, wants, and needs. All this to say: I love it here, and I'm coming back, but I'm still working out the kinks.
One kink I've been struggling with is my niche, or lack thereof. I can't tell you how many times I've told myself that I should just choose one creative endeavor and get really good at it instead of dabbling in all manner of making. But you know what? I love to dabble. Deep down, I don't mind being a Jill of all trades, master of none. At it's core creativity is supposed to be fun. For me that means bread one day and embroidery the next. This isn't good for "business" or "busy-ness" but it is good for my soul so I am trying to make peace with it.
For now, Small + Friendly will continue to be a mash up of making. And I will continue to share as much as I can. Because here's the thing, the only thing I love more than making is inspiring others to do the same. Have you ever wondered where my blog name came from? I got it from a line in a song by The Deadly Syndrome (a now defunct but great little indy band, I went to college with the drummer) that says "Now you know my tricks, I over simplify a bit, and I break things down until they're small and friendly." I love breaking things down until they're small and friendly. And so this fall I plan to bring you more of what I love, please just bare with me while I find the time to share. And if you are so inclined I'd love to know what you like seeing most. Sewing tutorials? Recipes? Motherhood musings? I know blogs aren't very conversational these days but I also know that my readers are out there and I couldn't appreciate you more, so please feel free to speak up. You can also find my on Facebook and Instagram if you prefer to chat there.
Lastly, I wanted to share links to my mom.me posts for this month. This is the only contributor gig I stuck with and that is because I adore it. It turns out, I'm a writer! My best friend recently texted me about a podcast I would like, mentioning that the guest was a writer like me. I laughed aloud, I'm not a writer I thought. I'm not sure why I never felt worthy of that title, but nevertheless I've decided to embrace it. Without further adieu, here is what I wrote this month:
Addicted to googling? I was, until I quit cold turkey.
I fear I am guilty in perpetuating this myth.
I'm still fuming over this.
What surprised me most about having a second child.
Thanks for reading friends. I owe you an apple crisp.