Monday, August 19, 2013

Why Begin Again?

There was an old man named Michael Finnagan....

Nah.  Just kidding!

But seriously.  Why did I start a new blog?  What's the big deal?

There isn't one really.  I just felt like starting fresh.  Blogging had become more of a chore than I wanted.  I felt like I had this "image" to uphold.  What should I talk about? Which audience to address?  Etc.. Etc...

So I decided to get back to the basics.  When I first started blogging back in 2005 it was for ME.  To give myself an outlet.  To tell about the cute little things that the kiddos were doing each day.  To share things that I've learned.  Whether about parenting, home-making, through Bible study, or just everyday life experience.

I know it sounds selfish.   (If you really know me, you know how funny that sounds - I'm one of the least selfish people on the planet.  To my detriment, really).  But I want my blog to be for me.  About me.  To me.  I want to look back on things and see how I've grown.  I want to be able to reflect upon lessons I've learned and memories I've made.

I lost my voice with Truly Captivating.  She was an awesome friend for many years, and took me through some really special times, and some really rough times. She introduced me to the blog world, and many special friends with which I hope to reconnect. But, like I said before, I felt lost in expectations.  Mostly expectations that I placed upon myself, but expectations none the less.

So with this new blog, I am starting fresh.  I named it Sweet Tea Diaries because I wanted it to reflect a myriad of subjects, but mostly just living life in the south as a woman who is wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.  A lover of Jesus, and music, and cooking, and tasting, and love and laughter and FUN!

Sweet Tea is the "house wine of the south.  I was raised on it.  People flocked to our house when I was younger just to get a taste of my Mama's sweet tea.  And now, I am passing on that same hospitality to my own children's friends. (They always ask how we get our tea to taste so good. I just say it's a family tradition!)  Home is more than a place for you to hang your hat.  It's a place for you to be yourself.  To bring your friends.  To feel safe, and loved, and free to learn and grow and continually change.  To become all that you were meant to be.

That's what I hope this blog is.  A place for me to struggle.  And share.  And laugh.  And tell stories.  And ultimately spread my wings. And soar!

I am so excited for the journey.  I hope you'll join me.  Any time.
Just stop on by and sit a spell.  There's plenty of southern hospitality and sweet tea for all!

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