Saturday I noticed an icon that I didn’t recognize when checking the blog, I clicked to find the announcement of my two-year anniversary of blogging here on Living Simply Free. A lot has happened since I hit the publish button that first time both in my blogging and in my life.
In blogging that first post was hard to write. I had so many ideas but knew I couldn’t share everything at once. I didn’t know how to put links in a post or even a photo. My first attempts to add photos to the blog were free images as I had no idea how to upload a picture from my phone at the time. Now doing both is a breeze or I never would be able to produce the Friday Faves posts each week.Since that first day, I’ve also learned how to blog from a cell phone. It wasn’t exactly hard, but it took way more time to accomplish the same tasks which I had previously taken for granted with a computer.
Then there is my life. I hardly know where to start. I finally had to give up my dream of always being able to walk and resort to using a wheel chair. The result, rather than feeling depressed and lost with the inability to walk I found new passions. A community garden, and my love of decorating became a quest to save furniture. It is much easier to work on a piece of furniture than to tackle an entire room or house with my limitations and has given me a creative outlet and a mission in life.
I have gotten to know so many wonderful people as a result of blogging, people I would never have had the pleasure of corresponding to had I not found this community. You kept me sane when things got rough in the real world, you accepted my lifestyle without judgement, even the part where I decided to live without a fridge and pointed me in the direction on the facts concerning which foods could be safely stored without refrigeration.
You have encouraged my furniture restoration and suggested I do more, for which I am grateful. As a result I opened up to those in the community about my mission which in turn brought me more items to restore and the offer of office space to sell my items from.
As I reflect on my life I see just how full it is and how fortunate I am, instead of seeing only my limitations.
And I owe it all to you for reading, inspiring me and coaxing me on in my growth and realization that I wanted a life that would make a difference in some small way. I wouldn’t have continued to blog if it weren’t for you.
So today I want to thank each and every one of you. I could never list you all by name but if you are here reading this you know I am talking to you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart
I mentioned something new. I have wondered for a time now if the blog has lost its direction. It seems all over the place, (and yet you keep coming back) I pondered if I wanted to make a change here and decided I liked where I ended up. I am a complex person with diverse interests and this is the perfect place to share them.
But I also wanted to create something my grandchildren could one day use as well. I wanted to leave behind a legacy of all the information I have learned about living as lightly as I can on Mother Earth. A place they could reference to find natural remedies and chemical-free lives. So why not share it with the world as well. I have just this week created another blog that will focus solely on these issues. You can check it out here. There isn’t much there yet, I’ve copied a couple of posts from my early days blogging and written a couple of new pieces. I’ll be updating that blog as often as I can.
As for this blog, what would you like to see more of? What aren’t you interested in?