The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
to Have Such Awesome Friends
We’ve just returned from a quick trip to Washington DC because The Teen expressed a wish to visit The Smithsonian. Having never been to DC before, I assumed The Smithsonian was two or three large buildings. Nope. Try 19 large buildings and a zoo.
We wanted to make this happen for The Teen because she has decided to undergo an unrelated donor bone marrow transplant. We’re not sure when, but she’s hoping to have her wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation first.
It was a great trip, and it was awesome not to think about the challenges we’re facing this year for a few days. We’ve had some unexpected bad news on the employment front, and I’ve been struggling with low back pain that just won’t quit. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been doing more lurking than commenting recently – I use up my sitting tolerance at work. To be honest, I am feeling barely able to get through most days.
Winter is also not a great time of year for me, and as I commented on Alison’s recent post at Wardrobe Oxygen, “Lesson Learned“, I admitted feeling similarly burned out on blogging, maybe even not feeling quite like I liked myself for awhile:
To help with the Bloggin’ Blahs, I finally accepted that I did not need to post every day, or take a picture of every outfit. I was starting to feel weird, and honestly, even ugly when I compared myself to other bloggers. I want to focus more on secondhand clothes, and not just because the budget will only allow for secondhand clothes 😮 I need to keep blogging because it’s fun, and because I dearly love other bloggers and readers. I’ve learned so much from personal style blogs and want to continue to do so, but only as long as I’m not feeling pressured to post. When it stops being fun, there is nothing wrong with taking a break for a while.
So when I opened two surprise blogger buddy packages tonight (those who know me know I rather save them up than open boxes immediately), I was reminded of how much blogging has enriched my world, especially in the areas of friendship and generosity. I’ve met so many terrific people that have become good friends. Sheila sent me a fantastically beautiful pair of Escada pleated culottes that I’d wear tomorrow if they weren’t wool and it wasn’t supposed to be 70 degrees. Megan, Amber, and Patti sent me a box full of the most beautiful skirts, blouses, and that killer J. Peterman dress I always covet when Megan wears it on the blog.
All of you raise my spirits, and I love your blogs, your comments, and the constant inspiration I get from you guys. I am going to continue to blog because it’s fun. I need to remember not to compare myself to my gorgeous blogger friends, and just be who I am. I started blogging because I didn’t see many style blogs by women of a certain age, dressing for jobs in conservative offices. (And because readers who saw me at conferences wanted to know if I was wearing secondhand clothes.) I always intended to be a regular Joe, a middle-aged working woman, demonstrating that you can get dressed for work and have fun with your wardrobe, even on a seriously limited budget.
Thank you, guys – you help keep me going.