Between Roots and Wings

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homeI am so excited to be turning over a new blogging leaf. Yesterday, I was In an Opal Hearted Country, and physically I still am; but today, I’m Between Roots and Wings.

In February, when we did the Expat Blog Challenge, one of the prompts was to write about what we wish we’d done differently when we started our blogs. I had a number of wishes, including the wish for a different title and to have my blog hosted on Word Press with its own domain name. After writing that, I put a lot of thought into this blog – where I wanted to go with it, if it was going to be part of my future, and how I plan to move forward with it. I arrived at a couple of conclusions:

  • I want to keep writing, and I want this to be the place where I continue to grow my writing and creativity. If anything, I’d like to get more serious about this project.
  • I want a place that reflects my life now, and that will grow with me.

Moving over to Word Press and settling on a nice, clean template was an obvious first step. Changing the name was the challenge. When I started this blog, I was very clear that I wanted it to be an expat blog, and that I would stay on theme. There have been plenty of things that I’ve deemed unsuitable topics for this blog because they were not expat related. While I think that will remain the primary focus, I’ve been living away from home long enough that it doesn’t consume my entire life, and limiting myself to only writing about “Yank Down Under” concerns is beginning to feel limiting. When I became pregnant, I declared that this blog would never be a “mommy blog,” and it won’t, but frankly, my life is very domestic right now, so to not ever write about motherhood and other “home” issues is not a reflection of who I am and what I care about. Finally, I didn’t want to make the same mistake I made before and find myself limited by my title somewhere down the road. I don’t know how long we’ll live in Australia, so I went away from anything to do with “Down Under” or other Aussie themes.

i scrolled through poetry and listened to a lot of song lyrics to try to arrive at a new title, but finally realized that the phase I’m at in my life is not one that poets and songwriters find terribly captivating. I’ve reached my mid-30s. I’m just so happy to stay home, take my kid to the park, read a lot of books, maybe go out to dinner with my dear husband now and again. Yet, at the same time, there’s always this little thing saying, “see more!, do more!, learn more!, experience more!”. I want to build a home, but a little part of me doesn’t want to get too settled or comfortable, because I don’t feel done with going and with doing. And, so where I feel these days is in between two magnets – spreading my wings and putting roots in the ground. Between roots and wings.

So, that’s where I am. Where I’m going with this blog, for now, is more and, hopefully, better.

  • Weekly posts
  • A monthly post on motherhood abroad
  • A monthly post on exploring Sydney

Like my macro theme in life, I’m hoping this new blog space is going to be a place where I can settle in, and also stretch out a bit. Thanks for joining me over here.

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