You last heard from me a couple of months ago when I wrote a poem to my daughter, Palauma. If you’re new here, that’s not a typo. All my children have the word ‘aum’ in their names, which is the Sanskrit spelling of Om, and the reason why my blog is called The Aums.
So welcome or welcome back, depending, and let me catch you up on what I’ve been up to.
Mostly, I’ve been working and I work mostly from home. I am a freelance writer and digital media consultant. Oooh, fancy. I was going to say social media guru, but that’s been taken. And social media shaman turns into shosho media shaman when you say it out loud three times in a row, so I went with consultant.
I accepted a contract position that started in September and while the hours are flexible, I’ve had to focus on finding my footing with the new responsibilities. The cool part is I get to showcase the awesomeness of where I live— Santa Cruz, California—which I already do anyway, so talk about win-win. In addition to this job, I manage social media for two main clients, one, a best-selling author, the other, a day spa.
Here’s what else has kept me from blogging regularly. Strike while the iron is hot, they say, while the words are fresh in your mind. That’s great writing advice, in theory, but I can hardly drink my coffee while it’s hot, no less write for pleasure. Also, my best writing ideas come to me when picking up a pencil and notebook would be dangerous (driving), cumbersome (running), or a soggy mess (showering).
The thing is, I really do love writing. I love observing, reflecting, and expressing my thoughts and feelings on paper, and on my laptop. I love scribbling out a few lines and, later, polishing them until they shine and I can move on to the next words that fill my head. I also like hitting the publish button and giving my thoughts some closure. It’s a way to lay my words to rest. Not like a buried six feet under rest, but more of a cremated and scattered in the wind. I’m always amazed at where my words may land and who they may reach, besides my mom, dad and brother.
So despite the odds that are stacked against me, I’m giving it another go.
I used my extra Daylight Savings hour to make a blog comeback. What did you do?