Over the last week or so, I have started and stopped blog posts several times. For some reason, I just can't get to the end of any post. There are too many things that I wish to write about at the same time.
So, instead, I got bitten by that crazy blogging gremlin called overthinking (closely related to second guessing).
And, just like any time that I don't blog here for longer than a few days, I found it more and more difficult to get going again.
Since I know that the only cure is just to get on with it, I finally found a way to push myself to show up here: With an attempt to do a new feature.
Yep, say hello to Weekend Wonders.
Basically, this is just my personal kick-in-the-butt to remind myself to blog something at the weekend. Something, as in, anything. I can even have any theme I want. And, if I'm having trouble choosing a theme because of my typical "ideas overwhelm" issue, I can apply some restrictions. And, my default restriction is using The Focus Project themes and/or sub-themes. Like I've done this week, getting "celebrate" as my theme, from Week 3 of March 2013.
I'm hoping that this will help me to "just blog it". Whatever IT is at that moment.
But, before that, I'd like to confess: Celebrating is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment.
In fact, I have been feeling a bit down lately due to a few reasons. In fact, I think that this is another reason why I'm finding it hard to blog here lately. I don't usually talk about these things, as I prefer to stay positive. Not because I don't want people to know about my problems or challenges. It's just that I don't want to bother people with problems and issues. At least, not until I am able to overcome what's bothering me and I can then share my learning.
But then, maybe it might be good to unload some problems every now and then, even when they're unresolved.
In fact, it might do me good to share what's bothering me even if it's something as trivial as feeling sad at the end of Season 3 of Downton Abbey. Gah. Yes, I've skipped watching this TV show before. But, I recently decided to catch-up from Season 1 and immediately fell in love. And, to avoid any spoilers, I won't tell you why I am sad... But, fellow Downton Abbey fans might just understand why the end of the last season made me so sad, I don't even know if I'd want to watch Season 4.
Yes, I know it's silly to be so affected by a TV show... But hey, I've cried in commercials and cartoons before, so, what can I say?
Right you are.
So, let me make it up to you.
I chose the word "celebrate" as one of this month's sub-theme, mostly to get me to start thinking about two upcoming special celebrations in our family. And, Easter weekend.
Yes, this girl is turning 6:
And, we're holding a "Dress-up Masquerade Party" for her. I even created custom-made invitations! It has been ages since I made anything custom-made for use of the family (invites, cards, etc), so even though these invitations won't win me any design awards, I am still pleased. Besides, the girl is so happy with them, I can't really ask for a much better award.
Unfortunately, hubby and I overlooked the timing of the party, so we might have to re-organise a couple of things. The girl is already really excited. So, hopefully, we didn't mess up the planning too much.
And, a week after the girl's birthday, this one's about the celebrate her last year of being in her 30s:
As someone who doesn't usually enjoy celebrating my own birthday, I have made a pact with myself that I am going to get over that silly long-time hang-up. That's why I ended up with one of my most favourite and most memorable birthdays ever last year.
This year, I have no firm plans yet. But, whatever I end up doing, I am keen to make it another birthday to remember.
So yes, even though I am not really in a celebratory mood right now, I am hoping that these "blue moments" will soon pass. And, there will be more things to celebrate soon.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.