Blogging has been a sporadic activity for me for quite some time. While I have a million reasons why, I can’t begin to imagine any of them would be of interest. All those excuses…big and small…can be summed up in one word.
I’ve always considered life to be much like a roller coaster. One of those mega rides with all the twists and turns. Where one minute you are soaring along a rail at break neck speed and the next you are being flipped in what seems to be an never ending spiral.
Slow climbs. Rapid free falls.
Fast and furious twists and turns.
Right side up. Upside down.
Something I want to do over and over again.
See what I mean? Life and roller coasters…similar creatures. Yes?
When I transitioned from my old blog to my new cyber home here a little over a year ago, I hemmed and hawed over whether or not a new name was in order. My old site name, Taking Life One Day At A Time, represented my life philosophy circa 2009. Then came cancer and the concept of living one moment at a time was no longer a choice. It was a necessity. Funny how something can appear to be such a novel idea until it becomes your only option.
This realization led me to the conclusion that my new site had to have a new name. One that fully encompasses my story and how I choose to live. When a friend suggested My Extraordinarily Ordinary Life, it felt “right”. Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is nothing new. People do it all the time and on a much grander scale than I ever could. However, it is exactly how I try to live….how I see my life… nothing special, yet extraordinary nonetheless.
The leap from my old blog to this one was big for me. I envisioned a grand unveiling of a new site, a new name and a new commitment to blogging.
Ummm…yeah…that didn’t exactly happen.
My expectations were high once I secured a new domain name. I did give it my best shot but still fell short of the intended goal. My design never quite reached the level of “complete” I was after. And my ability to write consistently? Shall we say “epic fail?” The roller coaster ride that is my life was in hyper drive and I was hanging on by the tippy-tip-tips of my fingers. At times I felt I was dangling upside down in one of those loop de loops with no safety harness. A very scary place to be. Learning to live in a new way…with new restrictions… was my priority. Blogging had taken a back seat.
But today is another day… a day for that grand unveiling I dreamed of a year ago. Life has settled into my new normal and I’m ready to give this blog all I’ve got.
It all started with a brand new design. Take a look around. Things are mighty different and I owe it all to Sweet Simplicity Designs!
I mentioned how my site design never quite met the mark. Now? It is all I dreamed of and more. Liz, the genius behind Sweet Simplicity Designs, took my vision and made it a reality. No small feat if you ask me. I’ve worked with other designers so I understand how difficult a task this can be. Liz is a true professional. She provided a timeline which kept the design process moving and my expectations clear. Of course, that just made the anal, obsessive, over-planner in me feel the sky had opened and I could hear angels sing! Her attention to detail and receptiveness to feedback resulted in a site I am so proud to call home.
A few months ago, I tossed about the idea of shutting down my blog to focus on a book I’ve been wanting to write. But every time I thought about leaving this space…this home…I couldn’t do it. Blogging is my passion. One that was pushed aside for far too long.
I’m ready to write. To reconnect. To share every bit of extraordinary that can be found in this silly old ordinary life of mine. I hope you will come along for the ride!
and it would be oh so cool if you would…
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Just so you know, I received no compensation whatsoever for this post. My opinions regarding Liz and Sweet Simplicity Designs are just that…my opinions. If you find yourself in need of a design overhaul, logo modifications, a blog consultation…absolutely anything web related…I highly recommend Liz. She is a total rock star!
Final note: If you have few extra minutes and feel so inclined, check out the menu options at the top of the screen. This will give you an idea of what’s to come in future posts. As always, I am humbled by and totally appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Without all of you, this would merely be a place where I talk to myself.
Not that I don’t do that on occasion… 😉