This post should arrive on Christmas morning! (assuming you are reading somewhere close by!) So, for today, no great insights to share with you… just a simple message to say “thank you” for following along with me and my adventures! Enjoy the beauty of the season, and may you truly sense God’s presence today as we celebrate His gift to us !
Welcome to the special weekend edition of mittonmusings! My weekend has been super busy already! In fact, I am plum tired out ! (or is it plumb?… fruit or copper fixtures…neither get tired…I am confused…hmmn…will have to muse about strange idioms one day…) Nevertheless! I just wanted to let you in on the reason why I have been working so hard. I am super excited that our 30 Days of Blessings! challenge is completed and ready to launch on Monday, Oct. 15th! That is only two days away!
I have been working on and praying about it for some time now and really want it to fly! To launch and soar from the nest to heights unknown — like a baby bird discovering it’s wings for the first time…. okay, okay, you get the picture… Lemme just ask you to pray that all the learning curves work out and that the daily emails get sent as planned! If you will remember, the purpose of starting this blog was to learn technology. This challenge is a continuation of that goal, but has blossomed into a true heart ministry for me. I have been promoting it like crazy around Facebook, and hoping that lots of friends sign up. We’ve teamed up with my local church and they are backing me up as we reach our community here at home. And so, please take this as your personal invitation to join us as well! I would so love for my blogging community of friends to join in the fun.
The challenge will be a daily prompt or thought to help us focus on a way to be blessed or to bless others. I have already learned so much through the preparation, that I can’t wait to see what will happen when we launch! A word of caution though… be prepared for some spiritual push back… Satan doesn’t want to see our fruit flourish! I have already been feeling the doubts creep in. I’ve been emotionally scattered and tired. Yet, I know that our great big God is in control, and He is just waiting to use us to make a big impact in our communities. Will you join us? Will you stand with me and take up the challenge? Follow our link below to sign up, and we will see you on Monday! Happy weekend from the Mitton crew 🙂
Welcome to the relaunched site of mittonmusings!
I’ve been playing around with the style and site theme a bit, and hoping to focus in on what and where I see the blog going. I was so encouraged that we hit 100 followers by the time the blog reached six months old! Shocking! Thanks so much for the support! Originally, the blog was my way of “learning technology” — a way to branch out and try my hand at procuring a new skill… a never ending, constantly changing skill… and I have, and still continue to learn!! (You can read about the beginning here). Yet, I have also been discovering that the blog is beginning to merge into something deeper than just me. This great internet expanse, and its subculture of bloggers, vloggers, influencers, writers, advertisers and whatever else you can think of… is so much bigger than my little corner… it influences THE WORLD…
God is teaching me that this little wallflower has the potential to reach the world, with my little light, my little ministry, my little musings… and it is both scary and exciting!
So, I have had to reflect a little on what I may want the world to see… how do I want to “brand” myself?! That’s what they call it… your “branding”… like the hot poker stuck in cattle… scarred for life by the heat of whatever sign you have stabbed at you… okay, maybe it’s not that bad… but it is still a thought you must consider. I am not a market influencer and I don’t know anything about branding… but I like to learn, and have some creativity in me, so I played around with a few things… and tada! The new logo arrived!
It’s my own, I created it from its beginnings… so no one can accuse me of copywriting (I hope!) The colour is probably wrong… I should have chosen purple… but it works. I like the whimsical-ness of the font. The lettering is a little child-like and portrays my hope to be always learning and growing. The butterfly has lots of meaning for me, personally, much of which, I wish to share in future posts… but suffice it to say that butterflies mean new life — metamorphosis, if you will, from an old, ugly life, transformed and reborn to a fresh, new, yet delicate life with wings, to fly and soar and see new and exciting things. And so it becomes my new symbol.
Did you know that the word logo comes from the greek word logos… meaning word? Logos can be expanded to include in its definition, God’s word… and references to John one and Jesus being “the Word”. Thus, I am going to focus on some “words” at mittonmusings… whether they be books I’ve read, puns, new words, or simply what God has been teaching me in His word. I love words. Words are such an integral part of our lives — and so my “lifestyle” blog should include this aspect, I think. How can you not include them in a blog about things you do?! I’ve created a new board on my Pinterest site to include “logos” or cool words… just for fun. I thought about words when I picked our blog name… “to muse” is to think about, to contemplate, and so I include that definition as one of our designing features. It’s just me, thinking about some stuff… and then sharing it with the big wide world, with hopes to change how you think, how I think, and about how we can grow together.
Which brings me to legos. We are big lego fans here at our house. We have huge stashes of them in great plastic containers… and it was one of the plans this summer to organize and sort through the bins. Alas, here we are halfway through August and the bins have not been touched yet. In case you haven’t heard of lego (first — what planet are you from?!) let me enlighten you to the wonders of the brick. “Lego” started by Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891–1958), a carpenter from Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. The classic lego brick was patented in January of 1958. The simplicity of the block makes it one of the most successful toys of all times. You just need to add imagination. Legos, to me, represent some control… all the bricks look pretty much the same… hollow, with little peg things on top… and yet they all fit together so beautifully… to make some fascinating structures… trust me… look it up sometime. Grown men and women make lego masterpieces their life’s work… so cool.
Interesting enough, though… the motto of Lego is “only the best is the best”… a motto that reflected Christiansen’s strong belief in superior quality, one that is still held in highest standard at Lego today. As I worked away at the blog’s title banner, I was disappointed that it was not up to the standard of quality that I wanted… it’s too pixelated still and doesn’t quite fit. I’m a little frustrated that the site of mittonmusings is not as beautifully tailored as some of the others I’ve seen… I haven’t learned enough about marketing to gather more followers, to “influence” yet, to go viral… it’s a human flaw we have… this need for control. The desire to fit perfectly together like lego bricks. I am certainly no exception. I want things a certain way. I crave and flourish on routine and having all my ducks in a row. I “need” that in order to feel secure.
Did you even notice that there was not a normal post on Tuesday? That this one is late? That I “failed” my readers by not posting as promised every Tuesday? More than likely, I was the only one that fretted over this fact. My beloved said I am supposed to take a holiday. That it doesn’t have to be perfect. Yet I aim for perfection. And struggle when it doesn’t come. And so… I am learning to Let Go… let go of some control. I strive to be the best… because only the best is the best… but it is not. Humans fail. We are allowed. If we put our trust in people, we will be disappointed. Only through God’s eyes, are we always the best. Our perfect little lego bricks are just the way He designed… hollow on the inside to fill and connect with other little bricks… to become a great and colourful masterpiece. I am learning that through His Logos, I will continue to learn and grow and change and morph like the butterfly into what the designer creates. I am not perfect. And neither is this site. And gosh, darn it… that’s okay. It, like me, is a work in progress.
Okay, my dear friends and followers, here’s the scoop. I feel like I am a bit overloaded with this new learning adventure. It has been quite the roller coaster ride, taming this technology thing. I now see random things and think… oooh, I should snap a photo for the blog… or how could I write about that?! I go to bed dreaming of post topics and thinking of ways to increase my followers. Did you know that every magazine you read in the dentist’s office has some teeny, tiny printed stuff in the beginning that lists who to contact in case you want to write them?! It’s like finding the hidden pictures in one of those puzzle books — and I am making lists! I’m afraid I kinda get like this when I take on a new project. Jump in with both feet and discover it consumes me. Only I’m super loving it ! What started out as a whim… has become a new passion! My family is devastated. Rolling their eyes with the knowledge that mom is excited about another adventure. *Ack*
That being said, this post is going to be relatively short and to the point. Partially because I am packing for a big scrapbooking retreat this weekend and won’t have much time for editing (yeah! clap my hands! for crafting all weekend with no dishes to do!) and partially because I still have no great insights. My mind is blown at how vast this world wide web blogging community is and how vast the diversity is among us. I have only scratched the surface. Barely a dent in this huge monstrosity. I am going to need a lot of help. Help to learn this “thing”, and help to keep me balanced as mom, wife and friend.
Admittedly, I am not social. I’m not good at connecting with others. I have not learned to articulate my words well verbally. I build up walls often, and don’t say what I think… or at least what I say doesn’t always come out the way I want it to.
I am much better in black and white. I am a “texter”, not a phone caller. I read about another blogger that refers to herself as a “wallflower blogger”. That’s me. Hiding in the shadows a bit, blooming, but not showing off in all my brilliance in the middle of the meadow. Perhaps this is why blogging has become a new and exciting thing. It is giving me boldness. A bit of anonymity to share things without really knowing who may hear it. Hopefully, this is a good thing. I am learning to be <a href="http://Authentic“>authentic, honest and trustworthy. My intention is to challenge and inspire. This includes my bible based references and faith. It is an important part of me that connects with the “rest of me”. I trust my readers will respect that.
So. It’s been almost 3 full months since I launched mittonmusings. Consider this my “new job” probationary review. I am learning all kinds of marketing strategies, new techno lingo, connected with other bloggers, and have challenged myself on so many new fronts. I am still learning and hope to grow even more. I am thankful for the few of you who have boosted me by being instant followers. Would you consider helping me by sharing? I’m not sure how God might use this platform yet, but am excited to see what the future holds! (I am working on some new and exciting things…. )
Want to encourage me? If you are just visiting, please follow me! If you’ve already decided you like my muses, please Share my link with your friends! If you want to learn with me, sign up and follow me on my social sites. (Trust me, this techno thing is not as hard as you think) Do you see those little icon things? Up at the top of the page…. hmmmn ….wish I knew how to make an arrow in HTML code…. Those are the ways blogging wallflowers like me make friends 🙂 Or — simply drop me a note on my contact page! I promise to write back!
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