I am a simple girl. The less I have, the less I have to clean. I am not materialistic, unless you count my addictions to Tea Pots and Puppies. I’m a bit of a clean freak, I like everything organized and scheduled. Some call it OCD. I call it being responsible. ☺
So, as I delve into this world of writing, I find myself excited, frustrated, and completely out of my element.
I need to learn about “Branding,” “Building a Tribe” and creating an “Online Presence” on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online mediums, I know nothing about.
Apparently I need to “find my voice”, get out, meet new people, go to writers’ conferences, join a critique group and share my work with total strangers.
Seriously? A Critique group would scare the pants off me!
My biggest fear is that they would tell me I stink, that I have no business writing a single word and that I should go back to collecting Tea Pots.
Suddenly it’s not just about “if” you blog, it’s about “how” you blog.
Seriously people, there is a right and a wrong way to blog!
I would guess, that if the authors of the books I’ve read, visited this site, they would say it feels more like a personal journal than a blog.
To that I would say: “Then I have accomplished what I set out to do!”
I want people to feel comfortable here. I want them to get to know me and to feel welcome.
This blog is about Recreating Me, but so many of us are doing the same thing!
We are Recreating, rebuilding, starting over and we are learning to love ourselves, embrace the new circumstances in our lives and follow our dreams.
When people come here, I want them to think of comfy couches, friendship and I am not opposed to serving tea and scones to make them feel welcome!
So maybe I will never have a million followers and I may never make a YouTube video but I need to keep things simple and remember what’s important to me.
1. I want to stay true to myself. I’m not a salesman or a marketing expert. I’m a proud Mom, a caring clown, a lousy cook, a reluctant wanna-be vegan and a blessed wife. I lost myself a long time ago and the road was long, but I am so blessed to be where I am today. I won’t do that again. I have value and worth and I won’t lose it to gain followers on Twitter or on this blog.
2. I want to honor God. I realize some of my posts will be a bit hard hitting, emotional and hard to take, but I will forever Thank and honor God for walking with me in the darkest days of my life, and for blessing me in ways I could never repay.
3. I want to help others. My writing is not for everyone but it is my prayer that those who stumble upon my musings, come away feeling inspired, welcome, wanted and loved. I pray they find hope, courage and strength to recreate themselves, to rebuild and to never give up. No one should ever cry alone.
4. I want to leave a legacy for my family. I want my kids to look back on the roads I’ve traveled and the lessons I have taught them, and find the tiny blessings in the dark days and see the courage, strength and hope in the journey. I hope my stories inspire generations of Thackhams to live life fully not fearfully, and to become the best they can be. On days when the road is long, or the pain is too much to bare, I hope they put their trust in Jesus and remember: “Gods Got this and we’re Thackhams, we’re not quitters!”
My dream to become the writer I want to be, and to achieve these 5 goals will take great courage. I will need to conquer my fears, learn about blogging, create an online presence, go to writers’ conferences, join critique groups and pray I don’t stink, but I will do it, because life isn’t going to live itself and because #5. I want, with all my heart, for the world to meet the two men that I fell in love with.
One saved my soul and the other saved my life.
I am Kathleen Thackham, I am Recreating Me and this is where my story begins.
Welcome to my personal journal.. Oops I mean blog ☺