To live life or to write about living life, that is the question …

20130625-225313.jpgI must admit that I’m hitting a bit of a wall with the whole “daily blogging” thing. Some of it has to do with having very full, rich, beautiful life moments.

Like my youngest brother’s gender reveal party we “attended” via Skype on Saturday evening, and tonight’s poolside party with our community group from church honoring two newlywed couples. We sat outside at sunset sipping wine and connecting about our highs and lows and in-betweens of our daily lives. As the summer breeze wafted off the water, it felt perfect. The relational equivalent of savoring a bowl full of fresh summer berries. Sweet without being overwhelming, and perfectly refreshing.

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I’ve always wrestled in writing with the balance between living life (and having something worth writing about) and writing about life (to the point where writing eclipses my experiential presence in life’s moments). Am I like the tourist who misses the experience because of trying to capture it with her camera lens?

Probably not a very popular thing to read about or write about on a blog. But, hey, that’s where I am tonight. Thanks for listening in. (Particularly you, Ann. Knowing you read this daily made my day!)

6 thoughts on “To live life or to write about living life, that is the question …

  1. dear you…
    I have so admired you for striving to blog daily but…maybe it was for this season? Maybe God would lead you to go every other day? 2x per week? I don’t know 🙂 but I think ‘quality’ not quantity fits here…even though your thoughts and blogs are full of rich thoughts. loving you….

  2. So wise, Ellen. I was thinking the same thing – “quality v. quantity.” I’ll finish out June with daily posts (while still taking at least Sunday off), reevaluate and pray about the future. Thanks for your feedback. Sending love back to you!

  3. Man, I struggle with this too. I tend to go in spurts. I set a goal of a few days a week or something and then do it. But then, I see how the rest of my responsibilities are falling behind. Something has to give and its usually my sleep. It’s frustrating, because I love to write, but at the same time I find that when I don’t sleep enough I can’t be the loving mom and wife that I want to be. So yes, I think it’s a struggle for all!

  4. Sara, thanks for your advice. It’s spot-on, and the staying up late to write (and waking up a grumpy mom) has not been working for me this week. So that’s a good tool to evaluate with. And also I LOVE your blog and will be adding it to my blogroll.

  5. I always love your blog! It makes me feel like we are having coffee…something I really think we’d keep up if we lived closer, I just love talking with you Heather!! I’ve struggled with my own blogging…I can’t figure out why. It was a place to debrief a lot of stuff I experienced with grief/infertility…and now I have some occasional ideas here and there, but it’s like my “writing voice” has gone dark or something. I think it’s just exhaustion, but I really enjoy writing too, when I do it…trying to figure that out. Anyway, my point is, no matter how often you write, I always will enjoy reading. Thanks for continuing to encourage me from afar!! I need to be better about commenting – I’ll try to work on that! 🙂

  6. I completely agree with you and your other commenters=) I find that something always has to give and I’m constantly trying to reevaluate what that thing should be! I always love reading your posts though!

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