Kristin Walters {365}

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The story of my (writing) life

I picked this blog out of my collection of just-barely-started WordPress sites because it kind of seems to fit. I started a 365 project in the summer of 2011, inspired by my budding new love of photography. I had Big Plans that were going to lead to amazing things like, who knows, maybe even my own little photography business someday.

That didn’t happen. As you can see here, my project only lasted 5 days.

My writing life has been somewhat similar. I’ve *almost* started blogging many times, and have had Big Plans for blogs and websites that were going to lead to amazing things, too – just like that photography business.

I’m really, really good at dreaming. Not so much at taking the baby steps. For example:

> I’ve had big dreams about creating a blog that talks about faith and creativity – stories about women like me, who connect with God through art journaling, or photography, or writing, or some other kind of handmade art.

> I’ve had big dreams about creating a blog that talks about infusing faith into everyday life with kids – going beyond bedtime prayers into teachable moments throughout the day that, while small, add up into big growth over time.

> I’ve had big dreams about creating a blog that talks about my own faith story and the hard questions I needed to answer before I could say yes to a relationship with Christ – because I want those answers to be out there for someone else who might be looking, too.

All of these plans…yet, despite my ability to crank out articles, brochures, website content, and more as a professional copywriter – so far, this blog has been my biggest success.

Yep, my biggest non-work writing success is five posts. About photography.

So, anyways, here I am today. I’m excited to be here, at the beginning of an adventure with the (in)courage Writer’s Group. I’m so glad that other people are part of this with me. And I hope to be celebrating a new record with you (more than five posts in one year, woo hoo!) by the time it is finished.

Wish me luck! :)

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august 3 … 5/365

We love sidewalk chalk. Usually we’ll draw out all sorts of obstacles and games (fire, mud, spikes and alligators to jump over – can you tell the girls play Little Big Planet with their daddy?) – but yesterday, the girls wanted to do chalk outlines. I felt a little weird about it, like we were creating crime scenes or something, so I tried to draw theirs as gingerbread-y as possible (after all, it isn’t supposed to rain here for days, so we’re stuck with these a while!) Goofballs. But they had fun!

 

august 1 … 3/365

The big sister started school today…and this is the first time in her LIFE that the little sister has been without her. They did daycare together, we always travel together, she only recently started going to her own room at Sunday School. It’s a rough transition for this one, she sat on the floor and cried for a while today (daddy had also been out of town for a week, so she was feeling REALLY lonely). I keep telling her in just a few weeks her own preschool will start…but that is little comfort for a three year old who keeps saying “how many more minutes til we go pick her up?”

july 31 … 2/365

On the drive home from Grandma’s, we stopped at Split Rock Lighthouse in Northern Minnesota. The girls climbed all of the perilous 32 steps inside the lighthouse…on step #27 the little one got scared and tried to get me to go back down, but we forged ahead! There were about a billion wooden steps down to the lake, but the girls never miss a chance to throw rocks into the water, so of course we went. I made them promise I wouldn’t have to carry anyone back up. I was so proud of them for following through! And a little tired, because apparently they have the energy to RUN back up all the steps.

More from today…

july 30 … 1/365

We just got back from a visit to Grandma’s house…and for my girls, the weekend revolved around rocks. They saw a waterfall, several different Lake Superior bays, and a lighthouse – and at every place they went, their #1 priority was rocks. Pick them up, carry them around, and most importantly, throw them in the water. I love their fascination with the splash – the bigger the better. The round ones (like this one) were precious eggs, too important to throw. Well, for a few minutes at least.

More from the weekend…