Hello World 18 months later!

For those of you who don’t know me, most of my life-my passion-centers around family and music. You’ll hear much more about my kiddos, about my decision to leave lawyering behind in the wake of September 11 and become a full time mommy to my then 3 month old daughter (who is now 9). But I want to get beyond the labels that we put on what we do and talk about who we are. What am I about? And why would you want to read what I have to say? Hard questions to answer right out of the gate, right? Basically, I’m a thirtysomething who loves writing and music. Lately, the focus has been on music. Listening to it, making it, teaching kids at church about it. It moves me in ways that I cannot describe adequately here. So in my initial attempts to “name” my blog, I thought something musically oriented for sure. But I want my blog to reflect me in a nutshell. For those that know me well to say, yes, that is spot on. And for those that don’t know me, well, something that would make you interested in what I have to say.

A dear friend gave me some wise advice recently (albeit not about the blog but about my legal career): Poop or get off the pot. I needed to hear it. I’ll admit, I have been struggling lately here with identity, with my “purpose” if you will (apologies to Rick Warren). I am waiting to hear something that will catapult me in the right direction. You know, speak Lord in the stillness. But as a Type A, just as in the countless scrapbooking pages that remain left undone upstairs, I am falling into the TRAP. I can’t start now because it seems too daunting, too much to do at once, the finished product will not be up to snuff so why start at all? The common pitfalls that squelch creativity: fear and doubt. Well, doubt had taken up official residence here at my house and kept nagging at me. What if no one wants to hear what I have to say? Well, I’ve decided to heed my friend’s advice and, well, um, enough of the potty training metaphor. I’m simply going to put myself out there, so world, here I am and if you don’t like it, too bad.

So, before naming my blog (other than the narcissistic title it now bears), I thought I would ask for your thoughts. The blog will be about the triumphs and frustrations of a full-time mom (not going to say SAHM because let’s face it, we seldom are!). The cacophony of noise, chaos, energy, laughter, and tears that surrounds all kindred spirit moms (and dads). I’m hoping that divine intervention will strike, but for now, I am content to just leave it as my name. After all, it took us a whole year to officially name our golden retriever on her AKC papers. No, we didn’t have a no name dog for a year. We immediately knew she was Cali. But the fancy smancy name didn’t come until much later, and it broke a few rules in the process. So instead of choosing the normal triple word name, we went with one word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (And it even fit on the certificate!) We liked it because a) it had Cali in it; b) it’s from a Disney movie; and c) inspiration just hit us with it. I’m hoping the same goes for naming this blog-except for the waiting a whole year part.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carrie
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 02:08:31

    Yay, you’re a writer now! I miss you. 🙂

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  2. mandy
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 02:13:33

    Sherry – I love your blog! Didn’t know you left the practice of law. I was pregnant on 9-11 and considered the same thing. I think I gave up cleaning my house instead. Sounds like you’re considering coming back(?). It really has its highs and lows. I really like your decision, though. I keep forgetting that these are years we can never get back and try to enjoy the kids. But there are so many distractions.

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  3. Kathie Flood
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 02:26:48

    Yeay! Can’t wait to follow along!

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  4. Beth
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 11:32:19

    Sherry!

    I LOVE this! I will enjoy keeping up with you while I am abroad for the next two years. I hope you continue this. You are a FABULOUS writer and perhaps THIS is your calling….writing. PERHAPS you could WRITE a SONG and combine both of these talents you have!

    I am going to bookmark this and look forward to many more bloggings from you!

    Love you…Beth

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  5. angie mizzell
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 01:57:57

    I’m all about narcissistic titles, but what about “Music To My Ears” ? Yes, no? The noise, the conversation, the truth that will come out of your posts and the comments may be just that!

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    • sherryboswell
      Sep 04, 2010 @ 00:47:40

      Love it! I am tinkering with it now and will repost on FB when I have it more updated. This is a work in progress for me, so I appreciate all the firsthand knowledge you have! Now I need to figure out how to put links and other cool features on the blog…like a link to your site!

      Reply

  6. sherryboswell
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 22:02:08

    Thanks for the feedback, positive comments and food for thought! I will do my best to add interesting content and expand it with my techie husband’s help!

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  7. Melbe
    Sep 04, 2010 @ 04:28:21

    Good luck with the blog and getting the techie husband’s help. So many times I’ve loved being married to tech support, like the midnight rescue of term papers. So many times I would’ve killed to have someone I paid and could bug for a real deadline on fixing my computer.

    Did you know we named our dog Kali? Of course, it was for the Hindu goddess of death and destruction and pronounced differently. Our reasoning at that point was reverse psychology in pet naming, it almost worked 😉 We still miss her.

    Thanks for your thoughts and for the kick in the rear. Gotta get back in the saddle and finish the final manuscript revisions on the YA novel. Back on the hunt for an agent. Look forward to reading more and maybe some recordings of your music. I actually miss hearing the practice.

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