My life as a Blogger

Such an interesting title for me. First off, blogging is not my life, but it sounded catchy so I went with it. Second off, if you know me, it is kind of amazing that I blog. Blogging became an ‘in’ thing and so many of my friends picked it up and ran with it. I however did not, for no particular reason, but I just did not explore blogging. It may have had something to do with the single parenting, graduate school, full time working mom role I found myself in. Yeah, probably, lets face it, at that point there really wasn’t time for blogging.

Do we have time for dreams?

Time? Is there time for blogging now? Perhaps, there is certainly more available than during the above mentioned season of my life. I have picked up blogging as I am exploring an area of my life that I have kept hidden away in a closet upstairs. You know the one, the closet where your dreams are? Upstairs, way at the end of the hall behind the pile of boxes. Some dreams are too close to the heart to even share. And yet, I have no idea why? Why do we put our dreams up and away? Why are they not out and talked about? Why not go upstairs, get that dream out and tell others about it? Better yet, build a roadmap towards the accomplishment of the dream!

Dust off your dreams

Now that would be a great thought. You know, develop a goal towards a dream rather than leaving the dream dormant in the upstairs closet. Yes, I think I shall do that! Well, actually, I already did that… dusted off that dream and got it out. That is, in fact, what you are reading about today. I want to write. I love to read! I think I was the only child in America that read so much she got in trouble for it, seriously really did. True story, there was a lot of reading going on back then! So, as much as I love to read, I have always thought, I would like to write. And here I sit…. beginning on that journey.

I am dusting off my dreams, join me?

I have worked with families and children throughout my career, and am at a point where I would like to write some children’s books that promote social and emotional learning, learning geared towards helping our children as they grow into well-rounded adults. So I have dusted off that childhood goal of wanting to write a book. I am not sure I ever thought it would be a reality. Do you have some of those, dreams you didn’t dare to think might actually materialize? Maybe they can, maybe you can dust off your dreams and begin to implement some steps towards them.

Learning new steps

That is part of why I blog. I started blogging in an effort to begin writing. At the same time, I have started writing a series of children’s books that will promote social and emotional learning. I began these processes only a few months ago. It seems like yesterday, and yet so long ago. I am amazed at the things I have learned since I began this process. I did not know what SEO meant, do you know what SEO is? Apparently, if you are going to do things online, this is a good thing to know. I have since learned that SEO stands for search engine optimization, and it is something that you want to excel in. As search engines pick up your content (in this case my blog) that process further helps to promote the content. I have learned little things like how important it is to include headings, pictures and links help to promote the SEO.

My journey

I started writing simply because I wanted to dust off my goal. I picked this goal up once in 1990 as a coping skill, and I laid it back down and had not picked it back up since. However with some inspiration and some encouragement, I picked my goal back up in the end of 2020. I am beyond thankful for those of you who have encouraged me to share my dreams and to go get them. I have to admit, I have learned things in this process that I did not anticipate, and I am also thankful for that. Learning is a process I enjoy. Sharing it with you is even bigger enjoyment. I hope these articles provide a smile to your face and a feeling of ‘we are not in this alone’ to your soul – because we are not. I selected the title A Kaleidoscope Life, because that is what life is to me, one small turn and everything looks different. I added the photos because I have recently renewed a love affair with the camera. I have found new ways to embrace the photography process and I like the art I am creating – this is indeed a feeling I enjoy! This process has been one that I have personally benefited from, I hope you can say the same, I hope you see benefit in the readings of my writings. I hope you find support, encouragement and challenge in the words you read here. What dreams are you going to dust off? What will the first steps be for you in moving towards your goals?

Building dreams and setting goals

My photos this week were made from a photo of a frozen soap bubble. Circumstances have to be right to get a soap bubble to freeze, this was a new task for me. I learned it takes effort and perseverance to make this happen, as the bubble freezes frost patterns emerge on the bubble. I think dreams and goals take that too – effort and perseverance. A friend told me this frozen soap bubble (the original is below, it is the last photo) looks other worldly – I think dreams can feel like that – other worldly and unattainable. Dreams move us forward towards other things, find a dream and work towards it. Your dream may change along the way, but dreams are good for us – dreams and goals give us things to work towards. Enjoy the process! Change is always a possibility, live your Kaleidoscope Life to the fullest, and thank for spending part of your day with me.

Published by Dr. Cindy Freer Conley

Hello Friends! I am Dr. Cindy Freer Conley, and I am so glad you are here! It is so nice to "meet" you. I am entering the world of blogging for the first time, I hope you find these readings worthwhile, helpful and entertaining. I have spent my career in one role or another of the mental health and counseling world. I have worked in private practice and in schools settings. I hold a PhD in Exceptional Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work in public education full time and adjunct part-time. I am a wife and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one young lady who is growing up way too fast. I didn't have all of the answers as a mother, although my kids would probably tell you I faked it often (I did). I don't have all of the answers now, but I do know so much more now than I did 27 years ago when I became a parent. I was a single mother for several years, and learned a lot about the unique struggles single parents face. I have spent time with great supports and time where I felt alone on my path - only to look up and realize I was never alone. We are all on a journey, enjoy the journey, but understand small changes on your part may make lasting impacts to someone else's journey.

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