Friday, July 15, 2011

On my mind...

I'm a rule follower. I'm also very true to my word.

So when I say something like, "I'll post here every day until July 31st" it would take a major catastrophe to stand in the way.

Even if I feel stuck.

So far today I received a clean bill of health at the dentist, purchased a fantastico chocolate fudge cake for a birthday celebration tonight, and marveled at my newly blooming dahlia. I discovered some awesome new blogs and a new band. And I thought a lot.
from Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco

"Dinner Plate"
Not every day can provide for a full essay on self-discovery or philosophy or education or anything else, without putting in some major hours. So it's time to build my chops in another genre called

(I even have the urge to write the word in fancy, scripty, swirly font. Darn it!) Realizing that I love writing and I love BIG projects has been important. And while I'm excited to share some more of my bigger ideas and contemplations, I also want to give them the time they fully deserve. It's important that we communicate just what we mean when we put our words out into the world.

I'm taking a breath and letting it all go. I'd love to hear about how other people have broadened their styles. Have you found it challenging to keep your ideas small and specific?


  1. I am so happy to be following your blog! :) Glad I ran across it.

    I couldn't agree more: simplicity. That is a word I need to really pay attention to while blogging. I find myself always needing something fabulous to write about. If I kept it more simple and just focused on me then it would make it a lot easier when I am stuck!

  2. first of all: that fudge cake. a tear of pure joy just rolled down my cheek.

    as far as small and specific, i struggle sooooo much to be succinct. you know i'm a wordy windy gal. :D

    but when my goal is to write regularly, it's tough for me to keep up the energy for the bigger stuff all the time. a mix of complex and simple helps me balance the intensity.

  3. Ashley--thanks so much for coming to Six Giraffes! It's comforting to hear these familiar words from friends over and over, isn't it? What grade do you teach?

    Di--that cake was worthy of tears, for sure! It is sooo fun to be wordy and windy, but I equally love your simple, photo-based posts. You are an inspiration in the journey of simplicity!