One of my favorite blogging features has been to participate in Diana’s Weekend Coffee Share*. I got away from it for a very long time, and I love the idea of a weekly, chatty catch-up post. I was in the habit of posting on Thursdays and Fridays, but found myself stretched too thin. Posting on Fridays and Sundays now that windsurfing season is over is more realistic.
So what has been going on with me? The summer of 2017 was quite interesting. I won’t go into the details, but in two posts I shared my successes and struggles. I joined a blogging group called A Sentence a Day, and for June and July, journaled my daily thoughts that were subsequently compiled into blog posts for those months.
In A Sentence a Day: June in Review, I shared my issues with anxiety, which were somewhat outweighed by a variety of successes. For July, A Sentence a Day: Getting through July, I shared a huge mix of emotions while dealing with my puppy’s serious illness, again, tempered with fun and other successes.
As for the rest of the summer, August and September, just when you think things are under control… BAM! A break to my right hand and a potential job change. You better get some more coffee!
I had planned to take a two-month semi-blogging break (in conjunction with my broken hand) and to write more on my No Excuses Fitness Book.
Unfortunately, I underestimated both my school prep time and the surprising level of pain and low-energy I experienced those past weeks. In other words, I found some excuses not to write!
With a lot of thought and reasoning, sadly, I felt it was time to put the book aside rather than rush through it. I’m delaying my launch date until January 2019. This gives me time to write quality content while engaging in more research. The nice thing about self-publishing is, I’m the publisher and I get to change the date of the book release! What a concept!
Lots of Readers
Having been blogging consistently for three years, with over 600 posts, I am always delighted and surprised when older posts get new readers, or people visit my blog when I haven’t posted for a few days. That is always a gift and a testament to the value of social media and the amazing community of bloggers who share each other’s works.
For someone who only wrote one blog post one of those weeks, I got a huge amount of page views due to a fun ping-back from my newly-married buddy, Gary at Skipah’s Realm who referenced me as one of his California girl-buddies. It is sure great to see his life change over the last few months and to see him happy.
My fashionista gal pal in Denver, Jodie, featured me and my
lack of fashion sense as it relates to leisure in the form of hiking and water sports in two separate posts. I shared her post Summer Beach and Pool Fashion on my blog and Summer Outdoor Style for Hiking.
Please take a few moments and visit their blogs as you get your coffee cups refilled.
In August my hubby and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. With my hand pain and his busy work schedule, we ended up just having a quiet meal at one of our favorite restaurants. Last year we windsurfed all day…what a fun way to spend that anniversary!
Eclipsed by Back-to-School
By now, the solar eclipse is but a memory caught hopefully with photos. In my neck of the woods in Northern California, we saw the partial eclipse. I easily could have made the trip to Portland with my daughter, but the timing was all wrong with school prep looming. I’m making plans for 2024 when the next total eclipse can be seen in Texas.
Speaking of school, classes were off to a great start the last week of August. I thought parking would be horrendous with my two favorite faculty lots under construction. Fall semester is when I teach three classes, so I’m on campus three days a week. By the fourth week, campus traffic calmed down and now I don’t mind walking from the lots further away.
September continues to be a busy month with not one, but two, blogging conferences to attend in Sacramento. I know many folks will be back from their blogging breaks, too! Stay tuned for a wrap-up post of those conferences.
Bring On Autumn
This beautiful image shows one of my favorite flowers, the sunflower, which always turns toward the sun. To me this symbolizes hope and positivity as we lift our own faces to the sun in gratitude for a new day and a new beginning.
After years of intense summers and this one now in the books, I would like to share this song, Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day. Once September ends, Autumn makes its presence known and I am more than ready for the peacefulness and the anticipation of the holidays to spend time with our families. This is linked to Hughes Views and News feature 51 Weeks: 51 Songs.
I guess summer is over, although we had some scorching hot days this month. Onward to Autumn, and pumpkin-spice flavored coffees! Stay tuned for my next weekend coffee share post.
*Post update: I urged readers to check out Weekend Coffee Share, but I just discovered her site is by invitation only, I turned off links to the feature for now.
Thanks so much for reading. How did your week go?