Okay, here we go! My first post! What to write? What to Write about? I have to say that I am so happy that I finally got to this point. To be able to start posting, is a real a miracle, right now. Only because, my children have wanted me to do this for so long. I’ve had so many projects that I have completed and stashed away in my closet, only to be appreciated by family and friends and yours truly. They have wanted me to just “get it out there”, instead of storing it away in the closet again, to collect dust.
My problem is, I’m one of those people who like to be prepared and have all their ducks in a row before I act. I know, that statement falls short of saying I’m just a big chicken, and making excuses. That’s true and it’s also because it’s the OCD in me kicking in. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so that piece of me always hinders me. I am my worst critic, and I’m quite harsh with myself if it’s not done to my own expectations.
Of course, it also doesn’t help when your children are so computer saavy and can do this kind of stuff in their sleep! And, it makes it even harder when they are successful creatives. It’s funny, because when they were growing up, they looked to me as the Momma Guru Creative, now I’ve passed the baton to them. So, as proud a momma as I am having two amazing children who have carved their own niches in today’s fast paced advertising industry, I am truly intimidated by their talent and their success. Whenever I put anything out there for the whole world to see, I want to make sure I live up to not just my own expectations, but I want to make them proud as well. It’s a “mom thing”…well, it’s my thing, anyway!
Okay, now I got that off my chest, let’s keep going here. Let me set the record straight. I did set up this blog myself, so for all you experts out there, be kind. I’m just a beginner here. I’m doing this as I learn, so bear with me. True, I am a graphic designer, and yes, it does help having a sense of design and some taste, I guess. On the other hand, it does get in the way too because sometimes the theme template is not so forgiving when I want it a certain way. That throws me off the track now and then.
I must confess, I did get great help from Lynda.com. Yup! That’s an amazing training program of videos for anything you want to learn to do. Although, I will get professional help later from JT (I will introduce you to him later in the future in another post), during which time he will help to launch my website. The plan is I get my blog up and running myself, then he’ll tie up up the loose ends, clean it up, and do what he needs to do to get my website going and my blog in sync.
My blog is just another path in my creative journey. It doesn’t matter what age we are, or what journey we have taken, and what path we are on now. What matters is never to stop doing despite all the excuses we may come up with. Never stop creating and never stop believing in ourselves. Creativity and talent doesn’t care about our age, and it keeps flowing despite the barriers we as humans may put up.
Like everything else we do today, for us Boomers, it’s not a “snap” anymore to do anything. We got stuff that get in our way mentally and physically…like hot flashes that strike when you least expect it especially when you’re trying to figure out how the heck to change a feature image on your page! I’m just kidding about the difficulty of it all, because I really did love figuring it out myself with Lynda’s help! However, I was not kidding about the hotflash!
Before I wrap my first post, I just want to add that being creative and being able to express myself through this blog absolutely makes me feel ecstatic, to say the least. This Baby Boomer says “it was well worth the hotflashes!”