Welcome to the Tour Through Blogland with My So Called Glamorous Life! Awesome blogger and new mom (CUTE BABY ALERT!), Leah Berg from Treasure & Heart asked me to join the tour and I am honored to do so. If you’re visiting my blog for the first time, I’m so glad that you are stopping by to get to know me better. I like making new friends and I hope that you’ll stay a while.
WHAT IS A BLOG TOUR?
Blog tours provide an opportunity for bloggers like me to tell you a bit about ourselves, share some of our work AND to introduce you to some of the blogs that we like to read. Kind of like a blogging smorgasbord, if you will. Hopefully through all of this you can find some new places to go when you need some inspiration, encouragement, entertainment or just a good laugh. Okay….
I’m Lisa and this is My So Called Glamorous Life. Honestly, my life is not very glamorous, but it’s mine and most of the time I love it. I’m a mom in a blended family with kids ranging from age 6 to 23. My days are full of school meetings, doctor appointments, dance lessons, track meets and all of the things that make life crazy and fun. More crazy than fun. I started this blog as a way to let off some steam and tend to my creative side, but over the year and a half that I’ve been at this, it’s turned into so much more. It has become a part of me and I no longer consider myself just a blogger…I really am a blogger and writer and I’m proud of it.
WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
Well, I have been in the process of writing a series of blog posts on feminism from varying angles (religion, race, old school vs. new school, etc.). I have become very interested in changes in the feminist movement over the past few years probably because I now have young daughters so, I am more sensitive to their socialization as girls. I’m also much more reflective on my own upbringing and identity. I’ve been writing this series for a while, but every time I think that I’m done something else comes to mind. I guess by this time they are no longer blog posts, but full blown essays.
I’m also working on how to get my grown children to move out of my house with the least chance of them coming back. Then there’s how to survive peri-menopause and the ever popular what to do when you are raising two young daughters while preparing for full blown menopause. Oh, yes I’m also working on marriage every. single. day. Most of the time it’s a good thing.
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHER WORK IN MY GENRE?
That’s a good question. My genre is sort of difficult to pin down, I think. I blog about being a mom, but I don’t consider myself a mom blogger. I’m a woman who sometimes blogs about women’s issues, but I’m not a feminist blogger. I blog about race, but I don’t consider my blog to be only for African-Americans. Oh, and sometimes I bake and post recipes, but I’m not a food blogger. Hence the term personal blog. My blog is about me – my life, my perspective, my experiences and how it all relates to the world outside of me.
WHY DO I WRITE/CREATE WHAT I DO?
Oh, well, it’s definitely the result of having no filter what so ever. I write on the topics and say the things that I say because it feels like the right thing to do for me. Whether it be a sinfully good pumpkin bread recipe or a post recalling the last time my mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, called my name, it’s all a part of me. While I do recognize that some of the things I talk about make some people uncomfortable, particularly race, it’s an effort to get people to think about real issues and to start meaningful dialogue. I don’t know how to be anyone else. What you see is what you get or, shall I say say, what you read is what you get.
HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATING PROCESS WORK?
My writing process…my writing process….what writing process? Am I supposed to have a writing process? Yes? Okay. I’ll come with something. Let me think about it. Well it goes something like this:
I usually think of some great idea for a post while taking my morning shower. Of course, by the time I get done and dry off, I have completely forgotten everything that I was thinking about and I subsequently move on.
Then, while in the grocery store, it comes back to me in a rush, so I frantically search in my purse for a notebook and pen, but then realize that I’m not that girl who keeps that sort of thing in my purse even though I keep saying that I should. So, I start talking myself through the post (out loud, of course) in an effort not to forget it. People begin staring and moving their small children away from me, but I am not deterred. Once in the check out, I immediately grab the receipt out of the cashiers hand and start writing notes on it. Still talking to myself.
I run the rest of my errands using each additional receipt for scrap paper then realize that I should just stop at a store and buy a cute little notebook to keep in the car so that this never happens again. Not to mention that I need it right now because I have run out of receipt space. Once I’m there, I realize that I should buy some multi-colored pens too, just for fun. I get back in the car, giddy with excitement over my new notebook and pens and stuff all of my receipts/notes in the notebook, jot down a few new things then head home.
Once there, I head to my computer, sit down and start to write it all down. Five words in I realize I’m thirsty so I head back downstairs to get some water …with lemon…fancy. I go back upstairs. I write a couple more sentences, maybe a paragraph before I realize that I should have put a load of clothes in the washer. I head back down stairs.
Phone rings. It’s my sister.
An hour later I finally head back upstairs determined to finish my blog post during the day and not the middle of the night like usual. I glance at the clock. Wait, I only have two hours before the girls get out of school?! My mind is mush. I log off and head downstairs to start dinner so it will be ready before everyone gets home.
The evening rush begins: homework, dinner, after school activity, bath time, then tuck the kids into bed. Afterward I check backpacks, set up lunch boxes, sign any papers, fill out any forms, etc.
It’s now 10:30 p.m. and once again I head to my office. However, this time I sit down and it just flows out of me. I should be embarrassed, but not only is this a true story, but it’s pretty much the way things go. If you’re looking for a writing process to follow, I don’t suggest this one.
Okay enough about me. Now I get to tell you about some of the blogs that I like to read.
I MIGHT NEED A NAP
Sherri Goodall is a successful single parent with a demanding job; a heavy travel schedule; and a teen daughter who hasn’t started driving [i.e. equates to another job as Chauffeur]. Sherri values her time with friends. The phrase The Girlfriend Files had been a running joke between her and her girlfriends. They would share with each other about what was going on in their lives. Some stories they shared made them laugh, some made them cry, and some left them speechless but they were almost always one for “the girlfriend files”. Her blog is a place where you can feel free to share thoughts you would only share with your girlfriends. Sherri’s blog post can be found on her site www.TheGirlfriendFiles.com and on www.BlogHer.com
FLOTSAM OF THE MIND
Cynthia is a recovering lawyer, mom, aspiring photographer, book lover, organization freak, DIYer, and blogger. She writes at Flotsam of the Mind (www.flotsamofthemind.com) about parenting, photography, and whatever other flotsam is on her mind. You can see her photography at Sea Green Photography on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/seagreenphotography).
Please check out these blogs, they truly are some of my favorite daily reads. Thank you for stopping by and do come again.