Long time no blog. I hope you can forgive me. I did not intend to take such a long break but alas, here we are. I have been feeling fine physically but had one follow-up test to get out of the way before I could fully exhale and now that I have, I am ready to get my groove back.
Obv, I’m not talking about “getting my groove back” in the movie kind of way. I’m talking about getting back to who I am. I feel like I’ve been walking in circles for, at best, the last month, and at worst, the last nine months, trying to figure out my role and purpose in this new place. Is this a mid-life crisis? Did I just spend my mid-life crisis money on mucus-lump surgery?!! Dang. Whatever it is, I’ve come to a couple conclusions in the past month and in the spirit of
over-sharing openness, I thought I would note them here…
Firstly, I love blogging. I always have and always will. I love including drinks and food and life on my little slice of internet, in addition to all the usual thrifting biz. But I don’t think I’m meant to be a professional blogger. I have tremendous respect for professional bloggers like my friend Karlynn. My recent efforts – paltry by comparison – gave me a glimpse into how hard she works and I know she deserves every bit of success she has earned and then some. That’s just not the way *I* want to hustle. Social media is a tricky beast. Maybe it’s just me (it’s not) but you feel like you have to do things a certain way in order to count. This past month and all y’all’s support during my trial showed me that simply isn’t true; I count. What I write here counts. Even if only one person reads it, it counts. Even if no one reads it but it was meaningful to me, it counts.
So, I’m going to try something different again. I’m going to keep on with #thrifteatdrinkrepeat but at a more relaxed frequency and I’m going to replace the ads with Patreon. You may have seen Patreon on other blogs or websites. It’s a way to subscribe to online content you enjoy and support your preferred creatives. Let me be clear, you don’t *have* to be a patron to be here. Everyone is welcome to read and enjoy!
Please read, like, share, and comment – I love comments because it allows me to interact with y’all. It’s not about algorithms or page views for me; it’s about connection. And if you feel so moved, check out my Patreon page. I suggest we all set aside a small budget for online content much like we used to for magazines and CDs but instead, use our budgets to support blogs, music, podcasts, and other creative people who are pouring hours into something just for the love of it. Don’t feel guilty if you do not become a patron of every blog you read! If we all choose a few, it will even out. We need art, we need creative outlets and creative media that is not driven by ads or algorithms or SEO. From the smallest niche podcast to viral posts to consistent quality productions – we need it all, there’s room for us all.
Phew! That was a long firstly! Secondly, I need to change things up because I’m pursuing another project that taps into my other great passion which is serving children and families . To that end, I am in process of setting up a consulting service that will allow me to use my skills and experience that are not restricted for use by occupational therapists (since I can’t get licensed in Texas). I have been sorely missing work – after all, I have been involved in this type of work in some capacity since 1993!!! This past year without it has challenged my identity, and since no other doors are opening, I’m reaching for the handle myself. Up until this past year, my two passions have existed concurrently and I believe they can again.
I want to thrift and blog and serve my community and have FUN! My friend Janelle told me:
You forgot your awesome.
And she’s right. That’s not a spelling error. Janelle was trying to tell me that somewhere along the way, I dropped my inner awesome, and it’s about darn time I picked it up again.
xoxo “Remember why they call me Spirited” Nicole