Be yourself

Be true to you...with a little help
make the connection
say what you feel
and smile, more

Word for 2011

My word of the year is TRY.
I give up too easily,
I don't start because I think I'll never finish,
This year if it looks interesting,
if it looks worthwhile,
if it's something I always wanted to do,
well, this year I'm going to TRY
and lets see how much more I can achieve

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Zombies........and then some

Hello folks,
Time for a change around here.
*Sigh* Y'know, the internet is a wonderous, fragile, fascinating and dangerous place.  Oh yeah, you knew.  Enough said.  On a positive note, I've being learning about zombies.  And how to battle against them.  And then some.  Let me share....................

Over the past few weeks I've had a great deal of time to kill (awful expression that, killing time).  And yes, you're right, I could have spent it crafting or reading or writing.  I was just too unwell, drugged-up and unmotivated and, truth be told too absorbed into travelling the blogosphere to do owt else (a northern phrase - owt=nought=nothing).  I'll go as far as suggesting I had a bit of an addiction phase going on.  As in, morning starts: wake up, turn on computer check blogger, before tablets toilet teeth tea toast.  Hmmmm.

I've been all around the world.  I've visited (sometimes leaving comments, oftentimes just ahem lurking) blogs in many countries, in most continants.  Virtually.  I've gained insight, nay, witnessed the most amazing, or heartwarming, or heartbreaking, sorrowful, joyful, or mundane, prosaic lives and lifestyles, stories and events.  I've wanted to share.  I've mentally composed posts.   I've wanted to write about blogging, and about blogs.   I've thought about this alot.  Blogging is a very thought-provoking pastime.

I started off with craft blogs.  Colourful, inspiring, technical, helpful.  I wandered into home-making, small-holding, arts, literature, all things vintage, frugal, green and minimalist.  All have a hold on me. Learn new skills, get ideas, find validation.  But I wanted more.

Read a blog post.  Read the comments left.  Link to the commentors.  Read their blog.  Link to.....and so on.  Start to meet blogs I've visited already, commented on, sometimes weeks before.  But got there by a different route.  Sometimes I stand by my comments - hey! I said that woah! or sometimes I groan, I was too hasty! in my rush to leave a message and move on.  Sometimes I didn't remember visiting or commenting, like seeing a ghost of me, in the wrong place.

I've read a lot of blogs.

And slowly something less transient, more meaningful started to evolve.  Not just the serendipitous spider's web, but a shape of a change in the way I was thinking and reacting, mirrored in the blogs I found.

If this has happened to you then you'll recognise what I mean.  Some key points, maybe erm......

Personal reflection
Living with gratitude
Making changes
Being kind
Being kinder
Clearing space
Clearing more space
Releasing possessions
Releasing possessiveness
Getting rid of stuff

All from the same nursery.

The new year, twenty eleven, is nearly upon us.  Time for a change.
I need a plan.

  1. Deal with the zombies.  Start by identification. Find a plan here farbeyondthestars
  2. Build an escape tunnel.  Find a plan here Regards From The Balcony
  3. Eat real food.  Do this already.  You can find it here veganlunchbox and a gzillion other places
  4. Stop being a packrat.  Clear out clutter as demonstrated here  minimalistpackrat
  5. Creat your new life, discover your passion here
  6. Just care more as shown fantastically  here notesfromthefrugaltrenches

Don't want to be a zombie?  Me neither!
Twenty days.
What's your plan?


  1. my girl Marnie is an Amazon in the war against zombies. :) also? a very kind, clutter-free vegetarian. if i can't be all that, at least i brought one into the world who can.

    i know what you mean about this world of people writing little posts about lives. they can really grab your heart.

  2. mmm I've been a zombie for too long!

  3. Understand exactly where you are coming from :) I can often lose an evening bloghopping and often find myself drawn into the same virtual spheres via different routes.Books used to be my main compulsion but I think reading blogs has even overtaken that addiction, sort of autobiographical reading but on a more intimate level than the usual famous person's biography. You learn a lot about people but as you say you also learn a lot about yourself.I love the blogs where people feel confident enough to write openly about their feelings etc, I hope one day thata I feel confident to let go of some of my inhibitions and write about deeper thoughts, mybe one day ;)

  4. Another one here where bloghopping has taken over books as my main addiction ;D. Some really thought provoking links there, I'm definately borderline (well ok a bit more than that!) zombie. New year - new plan - new me! You've got me convinced. xxx

  5. I do some bloghopping (um that is how I found yours!) I have a very simple plan for the new year, so hopefully I will be successful *grin*

  6. Thanks for visiting me and leaving such interesting comments:) They say that if you think you're a zombie, you can't possibly be one! But if you're thinking it's a possibility, then it's definitely time for A PLAN to make more of your life. Yeah!
    Some folks tell me they've been unable to leave comments, I'm very sorry, don't know why. Blame the zombies!!!
    pamela xxx

  7. Thanks Pamela for your sweet comment.
    Its always a tough time of year, especially when we decided 8 years ago that having children would make christmas fun again, not the only reason for wanting kids obviously!

    Thought you didnt want to be a zombie anymore :P

    Clare x

  8. You have amazing links to this post. I went a little link crazy yesterday, jumping from one to the next, so I totally relate to how you get lost on the internet.

  9. A plan to make more of my life is exactly what I've been thinking about today! Illness, exhaustion and far too much blog hopping has indeed brought out the zombie in me. And I've just hopped over to your blog (I can't remember how, I just clicked lots of links and ended up here!) and found this post...perfect serendipity.


Thanks for visiting, please feel welcome to leave your thoughts and comments, love pamela xxx