Sunday, July 18, 2010

Why a new Blog?

I have spent the last two weeks going over my goals from January and February of this year.  I have actually done more towards reaching them than I realized (that deserves its own post!!)  One area that I was lacking in was posting to my blog.  I looked through my posts, and several that I had written I never posted on the blog.  Why?  They didn't seem to fit.  Weird, huh? My blog, my rules, right?  I took this past weekend and spent very little time on the computer ~now I'm just talking crazy~ and the idea for a complete blog makeover took root.

So why "A Million Boxes?"  You know that habit we all have of putting people in box?  This is my own small protest.  For the last 17 years I have either been employed by a church or my spouse has been.  Do you want to know how to stop conversation at a party?  Even quicker than playing "the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?" Just mention that you work at a church.  Crickets, people.  You will only hear the sound of crickets.  Just because you might believe differently than me, it doesn't mean I am going to evangelize you at every opportunity.  (anymore than the fact that I am overweight means I am going to try to steal your dessert){okay, I might try to steal your dessert, or -even better- get another for us to share!}

I want to be clear.  I am not, nor have I ever been, ashamed of my faith.  That is just my best example of a box I am put in.  I am also put in a "mommy" box.  I've been to parties and events where there were not many parents in attendance.  I was looked at like a relic.  I am overweight.  I've been in crowds where this is a crime worse than kicking puppies.  All of these things are a part of who I am.  My faith, being a mom, being overweight, it all comes together and colors who I am.  I just don't like being put in a box.  I know that I have been guilty of this as well.  It's too easy to make a snap judgment about someone.  Except there is so much to every person that to minimize them does them an injustice.  So throw the boxes out people.  OR put those boxes to good use!

The other reason I love "A Million Boxes?"  At this moment we have hundreds of boxes.  Not kidding.  Between my house and my parents we have a ridiculous amount of boxes.  We are all pack rats and we are learning to let go.  When I am not taking care of my children, or doing laundry, or attempting to clean, I spend my time trying to get rid of boxes.  We are making giant leaps towards getting rid of clutter, but we have so far to go.

So here I am.  It's not quite as pretty as my first blog.  That feels more like me, too.  I'm curious about you and what box you're in?


Anonymous said...

Ok, but I miss the TShirt and Jeans Mom logo girl.

kym said...

I love this. I love how succinctly you described how being put into a box feels. And I love that you have taken the idea and put such a positive spin on it. We all have boxes we are in, and we all have boxes we need to empty.
I so enjoyed meeting you at type-a-mom! I will enjoy following your journey.