I am moving house! I’ve been contemplating it for quite a while now. I’ve been working on a food-related project and I just thought it would be smarter to merge my writing project and my blog together.
For everyone who have been to visit and for those who have joined me on my writing journey, please keep in touch. Please leave me a little message on the contact page so I can tell you where I’ve moved to. I’d love for you to keep visiting! I’m really pleased about the move because I feel like I’m moving in the direction I was really meant to move in the first place. I feel like I’m no longer lost in England!
I stopped writing for a while because my hands needed a break.
For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome on both hands and after a series of treatments and tests, the doctors have deemed it necessary for me to undergo the carpal tunnel procedure. But in the weeks leading up to the surgery, my hands plagued me endlessly. I would come home from work sometimes in tears because my hands were hurting. To be honest, I was quite relieved that the diagnosis confirmed that there was something wrong with my hands. There were days when I would sit at my desk and wonder if the pain was just all in my head!
I decided to stop writing for a while. To get as much time to rest my hands as possible. I even stopped baking or cooking complicated dishes so that my hands wouldn’t have to work after work! It’s done me a lot of good, the resting.
I’ve had the operation and my hand is currently recuperating. The stitches have fallen off (they’re supposed to) and my hand is no longer as tender as it was. It’s still not 100% better but I think it’ll get there. I’ve taken away a new appreciation for my hands after this experience, and a deeper understanding of how important it is to listen to one’s body. Because, as kooky as it sounds, one’s body does talk. We just sometimes forget to listen to it.
I’ve had a chance to be quiet and just enjoy the quiet as well while recuperating. So I’ve got a few blog drafts waiting to be finished! Am looking forward to writing again.
For those of you who are a wee bit squeamish, here’s a warning: I will be blogging about the procedure soon!
I’ve been thinking of a way to make the blog look and feel better. I have so many interests that sometimes I wonder if people don’t think my blog is so disjointed. So I’m thinking of creating another blog, one that incorporates my foodie-wannabe entries, my photography (however amateurish it is!) and my day to day journalling (because, let’s face it, I can’t write in my journal AND write in my blog all the time and write faithfully in BOTH!).
And because I value your opinion, help me choose a blog URL?
I’ve declared (whether officially or unofficially, although I think the little doodad — a current favourite word — on the right hand side of my blog makes it sort of official, doesn’t it?) that I have committed to writing one post a week for 2012.
I’ve done the post a day challenge last year and it wasn’t the easiest of things to do. I think the words simply don’t flow when you try too hard to be creative. I needed the structure and the discipline that posting every single day created so that I could write. But I discovered that if I really wanted to I could write; that to me is an amazing reassurance.
I think the key to writing is to allow the ideas to flow and to brew in your head so that they are able to come out in a steady stream. The only way to do that is to ease the pressure. So that’s what I’m doing this year. The goal is still to blog as often as possible, to write as much as I can so that my writing style does, eventually, evolve into something that is uniquely mine, and to write so that when people read what I’ve wrote, it sounds like me and not an amalgamation of my favourite authors’ writing styles. But I’m removing the pressure factor and taking my foot off the pedal. I’m allowing myself the structure of setting the quota of one post a week so that I have a little wriggle room and I don’t feel so pressured into churning things out. I rather like the idea that my blog entries are finessed out of me rather than beaten out of me by the writing taskmaster!
So there it is.
I am writing a post a week for 2011. And, funnily enough, I think I’m writing more than that.
I thought it would be great to give the blog a new “dress”. I feel quite proud of myself because I can confidently do this now. Many thanks to the artistic talents of the Background Fairy who shares her beautiful creations with everyone!
I’m using the Bueno theme and if you do look through the Background Fairy’s site, it’s best to use the 3-column backgrounds!
I just thought I’d say this, because I haven’t done it and it has been on my mind for quite a while.
To everyone who has dropped by the blog, posted a comment, liked my posts and subscribed to my blog, I am eternally grateful. Your comments, likes and subscription has always inspired me to post attention-worthy things. I may not be exactly where I want to be writing-wise yet, but your popping by has given me the validation that I need to push on and work harder!
I realise that I haven’t been blogging a lot, in the truest sense of the word. I’m trying to take things easy because my doctor suspects that I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. I’ve been really good with the splints, keeping them on for as long as possible (I think I’m averaging 20 hours a day).
After I posted my splint picture on Facebook, I got get-well-soon wishes from my friends, the usual suspects, the people who I really considered friends. People who I expected to really care got in touch. There were people who didn’t get in touch but I knew that if they saw the photo they would care.
That’s the beauty of real, well-founded friendship. Words aren’t needed. You just KNOW. And, most importantly, you know that they are there for you, no matter what. They may not like what you do, but because the friendship is founded on love, they are there for you when you pick up the pieces.
“Real friends are those who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel that you’ve done a permanent job.” ~Erwin T. Randall