Over the next several weeks you will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!
To read past guest posts please click here.
Please welcome Lindsay from The Cottage Home.
Thank you so much for having me here, at Lil Blue Boo. Ashley, you have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers ever since I heard your news. I am so relieved that things are moving in a positive direction and continue to pray that it only gets better from here!
I started my blog, The Cottage Home, almost exactly two years ago. It originally started as a way to share my projects, recipes and ideas with my family and friends. I began blogging through the encouragement of one of my friends. She was really into reading blogs and knew that I was into, what I like to call, the domestic life. When she told me that she would read my blog if I wrote one, I couldn’t believe it. Really? Someone would actually be interested in my life? I figured if even one person would read what I had to say, maybe others would too.
Read more after the jump.
I find blogging to give me an identity outside of being a mother. Yes, mother and wife are my two central roles, but I think it is so important for us to continue to pursue our passions outside of those primary roles. I also want my children (two girls and a boy) to see me as something outside of their mother. I hope that when they look back at the blog I have created they will not only see their mother, but they will see creativity, passion, drive, a business woman and more.
Being a stay-at-home mom is wonderful, but sometimes it is hard to find other women that have the same passions and interests as myself locally. Through blogging I have connected with more women who share my love of sewing, cooking, crafting and all things domestic than I could have ever imagined. I love knowing that there are other women out there that share my same desire to create, my same addiction to fabric, and my same focus on family and the domestic life.
There is an innate desire within me to create. Whether that may be creating a project for my children, creating a gift for a friend, or creating a comforting meal that I can share with my family. Through creating I show those around me how I love and care about them. The true joy comes when I can inspire others through my way of life to create things in their own lives.
My blog is pretty sewing focused and it is thrilling to receive an email from a reader where I have inspired them to get back into sewing. Perhaps they used to sew, but got bored with it and now I have created a project that they are excited about trying. Or maybe it’s someone whose mother sewed while they were growing up and now they want to sew for their own children. Or maybe a grandmother has seen the girls clothing I create and is inspired to create something for their grandchildren. Whatever the reason may be, if I can inspire someone to return to their sewing machine, then in that, I find true joy.