Friday, July 27, 2012

Sifting Through Life: Rainbows and Unicorns

Sifting Through Life is a concept that I have been thinking about for a while.  I started reading a book by Dianne Jacobs, Will Write for Food.  You may have heard of it before if you write about food or have a blog that deals with food topics.

I have enjoyed the remarks, comments and suggestions that she shares in the pages of this book.  She takes us inside the editors office and shares with us the in's and out's of what makes your writing successful. She also talks to many people in the industry and through their advice they help you with becoming a better writer.

A constance line kept leaping off the pages at me, "find your voice."

What does that mean?

Laying in bed I think about these three little words.  While driving my daughter to school I ponder the line.  I have thoughts and I have some ideas swirling in the inner walls in the space behind my eye balls.  They come and go.  I argue with myself about what is my voice, isn't that just an opinion?  Who wants to hear my opinion on anything? I have found my voice on several occasions and it back fired on me.  Back and forth, back and forth…..

I once heard a popular country western singer say, "I was once told that I would not be allowed to have an opinion in the public eye because then nobody would like you, or, buy your records?"  Do you believe that?  Do I believe that?

I have, for a while, thought that my blog and fan page are places were I want the environment to be happy and positive.  I want those warm fuzzy's and some days I need them.  I want the unicorn and rainbow pleasantries, they do make me smile.  I don't like a lot of drama and this is partly because I have had my fair share.

I chose to change.  I started over.  I made decisions that affected myself in a way that would allow me to grow.  It hurt.  I cried.  Life happens and as much as we want to pretend that it's all "unicorns and rainbows". It is not.

I have been writing this blog for a year and it is my passion and my dream.  I have had the best time meeting new people, experienced new activities, loving life and being successful.

So why change what has worked?  Simple.  I want to be honest with my readers.  I want to connect to my readers.  I want to show that even when life throws you a fast pitch there will be some days you take a hit to the face but on most you catch it with a well fitted mitt.  I like the thought that you can't love sugar if you have not experienced the flavor of something sour.  The value of sweet sugar becomes elevated.

I want to share, encourage and teach others that life can be rainbows and unicorns most of the time.  I am not a therapist, nor do I have a crystal ball, but I do have a desire to be happy no matter the cost.

So how much information is too much information?  I don't know.  I thought I would just write my thoughts in a single post from the previous weeks events and share what ever comes to mind.

You are my friends and I know that when I write it will be an opinion.  I like to believe that we can have similar or opposing opinions and still get a long.  I value feedback and comments and I understand that you may not always see things like I do, I am okay with that.  Lets just be kind to each other.

I love writing and this is a way for me to journal my thoughts, trials, triumphs and the journey of this life.

I talked about honesty above.  I want to be honest with you about who I am and where I have been.

My road is not a road that has not been taken by many people before, in fact, they are all very normal events in the life of children and adults, some good and some not.  The real question is, what is normal?

There is no agenda to my writings, just an opportunity to write, to find my voice.

Sifting through any life is a challenge that brings smiles, tears, laughter and frowns, but it is something as humans, we all do.  To find someone else that can relate, understands us or simply cares is half the battle to happiness.  We all want to be understood and validated.

Join me on this weekly journey of how I handle my life. This will include events of the past, the  present and my goals for the future.

Sherron, Simply Gourmet

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