A New Approach

2011/07/25

I realize it has been awhile since my last post. There are a few reasons for this. First, as many of you know, my first cousin was recently married, so I was busy being cheap labor. Second, I just plumb ran out of ideas. The second reason is what I would like to elaborate on.

Originally, I created my blog as a way to vent. When that blew up in my face, I began to participate in a bi-weekly event called Let’s Blog Off. After reading the blogs of the other participants, I felt like a chump. “Holy cow! These people can write.” I thought. I became discouraged and have not participated in awhile.

I really would like to write, but I do not know what to write about. As someone who is unemployed, I do not lead the most exciting life, due to funds (or lack thereof). Also, I do not want to be compared to some of my Twitter friends, who are absolute pros when it comes to blogging. Many of them write for a living. I do not. I am an engineer; I tear things down and rebuild them. I crunch numbers, I do not write.

Recently, I began attending New Media Dayton events. One theme that kept popping up was providing value. This made me think. I am not showing the world I can contribute or provide value. Time to retool and start over.

I paid closer attention to people’s posts and profiles. As I read, I thought about each individual and what his or her strengths are. Then it occurred to me. I can do this, too. All it takes is thought and some extra effort.

This new approach is quite exciting. I feel as if I have a purpose again. To those of you who inspired me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You give me something to strive for. Cheers to a new approach!


Creativity: Something I Don’t Have but Wish I Did

2011/01/18

What is creativity?  I could quote the definition from Merriam-Webster, but that is too easy.  Being an engineer, I like to break things down and make them simple.  So here is what creativity means to me: creativity is thinking outside the box.  Creativity also means the ability to make a decision and stick with it.

I am very much a left-brain gal.  Math & science come easy to me.  When it comes to right-brain functions (writing, design, etc.), I struggle greatly.  This is quite evident when it comes to remodeling my home.

When I purchased my home two years ago, the entire house was painted white.  I was excited that I could finally paint the walls whatever color I wanted.  However, choosing paint colors was one of the most painful experiences in my life.  I spent at least an hour in Home Depot’s paint department trying to make up my mind.  Nearly $250 later, I am happy to say that the entire house is painted.

My next home improvement project is remodeling the kitchen.  The cabinets are newer, but I am in desperate need of a backsplash, countertop & new flooring.  To me, this is pure torture.  There are so many options out there.  I don’t know where to start.  I have a few ideas, but I am afraid I will not like them.  Thankfully, I follow a few design people on Twitter whose blogs have been somewhat of an inspiration.  Still, I am scared to make that final choice.

(The kitchen table is not usually this messy.)

As I continue on my quest of self-improvement, I am striving to be more creative.   I am discovering that survival depends on one’s ability to be creative.  For those of you that are naturally this way, you have my utmost respect.  I wish I had that talent & capability.


Summer Style

2010/12/21

If money were no object, what is the perfect gift?  This question was posed as a part of the Let’s Blog Off series.  Surprise.  This was easy to answer.

A true nurturer, Mom continuously puts others before herself.  She has been through so much pain within the last three years, I feel sorry for her.

Mom has vacationed in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan since she was young and always loved Mackinac Island.  Since she is constantly around for support, I would make her Mackinac Island dream come true and buy her a summer cottage.

Mom’s other wish is to own a BMW Z4.  She has a 328i, but goes gaga over the Z4 whenever she sees one.  If she has a summer home, she might as well have a summer car.

I could list the endless projects for the house as perfect gifts for me, but that is egotistical on my part.  Being unemployed for the last 12 months has taught me that I can live without material possessions.  I have learned to be happy with what I have.  (Although a deck for the back yard would be quite nice.)

<— my back yard (Note: The white chairs are history.)

My best wishes to everyone for a joyous holiday season! :)


Do Blogs Matter?

2010/10/05

Do blogs matter?  In a word: yes.

Look at other social media sites, such as Facebook & MySpace.  I realize these sites are not true blogs, but their concept is similar to blogs: tell the world what’s on your mind.  For example, Tyler Clementi committed suicide as a result of his college roommate uploading Clementi’s sexual encounter and later tweeting about it.  Phoebe Prince also committed suicide in January 2010 because of intense cyberbullying.

The Cyberbullying Research Center recently published a study that reveals some frightening facts.  Thirty percent of middle school students surveyed stated that had been a victim of some form of cyberbullying within the last 30 days.  Twenty two percent of middle school students reported that they participated in some form of cyberbullying within the same time frame.  The Clementi & Prince cases should leave little doubt that blogs do matter.

If teenage angst is not your thing, look at the case of Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell.  He created a blog entitled the Chris Armstrong Watch.  The blog is supposedly a site for people who oppose the election of Armstrong (who is openly gay) as student body president of the University of Michigan.  Yet the content of the site is nothing but prejudicial & racist rhetoric.  Shirvell’s career with the AG’s office is now in question.

On a more personal note, I lost one of my closest friends because of a blog.  I ranted that he and his family didn’t have a concept of money, but yet they chastised me for being unemployed and having difficulty paying my bills.  While I didn’t threaten anyone, I guess I did say some hurtful things.  This was a case of me not thinking before I did something, and now I am paying the price.

My friend and I no longer speak to each other.  Since I don’t have many friends in this area, I miss having someone to talk to and spend time with.  I miss having someone to share a beer with.  If blogs don’t matter, then I would still have my best friend.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.