“But Victoria,” you say, “you haven’t written a Things I Learned In post since last August. Why now?” That’s a great question. I’m so glad you asked. While on maternity leave I’ve had lots of uninterrupted thinking time (read: my child nurses every two hours). Over the past few weeks I’ve thought a lot about the direction I’d like this blog to go. One of those directions is to continue building community. Linkups are a fantastic way to do that! I love finding new blogs through linkups and, amazingly enough, some of you guys find me! Today, I’m hopping back on the bandwagon with Emily of Chatting at the Sky and her “Things I Learned In” series. Enjoy!
1. Ben likes Oatmeal Creme Pies. Who knew?
During our child-free date night this week (thank you grandma and grandpa!) Ben and I had a wonderful time reconnecting with each other. I’m constantly amazed at how much you can not know about a person before you marry and start making babies with them. Last night, I learned that my husband likes Oatmeal Creme Pies. Seems small, but it’s something I never knew about him. I love that even though we share the closest bond two humans can, there’s still new discoveries to be had. A lifetime of them! Be a student of your spouse.
2. If you say you will not become that Facebook mom, you will become that Facebook mom.
Before Carson was born I was very judgmental of moms who posted a gazillon (yes, a gazillon) pictures of their kids. Judge not, lest you start doing the same thing. I don’t even want to tell y’all how many pictures I have on my phone of this little kiddo. I promised my friends that I would tone down the posts now that the ‘newness’ of the newborn has worn off. But guess what? They begged and pleaded me to keep the cuteness bombs coming! Who am I to deny 442 people their daily dose of happiness? So, yes, I’m going to be that Facebook mom.
3. I only (remotely) consider cooking recipes with 8 ingredients or less.
If you follow this blog you’ll have already read about my culinary incompetency. (See here and here.) Despite this painful reality, my Eats and Treats Pinterest board is delusionally optimistic. This month I learned that I only have the guts to tackle recipes with a number of ingredients that I can count on both hands, and preferably just one. You can see these less adventurous recipes on my Stuff I Can Actually Cook board.
4. Pinterest is a fabulous blogging resource.
Speaking of Pinterest, I did not realize how handy it can be when it comes to blogging! The Influence Network has curated phenomenal content on Pinterest for anyone wanting to communicate effectively online. I’ve been feverishly repinning several of their pins, and searching for new ones, on my blog board.
5. Writers need writers. (Musicians need musicians. Artists need artists. Dancers need dancers…)
Lately I have been just astounded by the inspiration that can be had by connecting with other artists in your craft. I’ve drawn such creative energy from fellow writers I respect over the past month. If you have been hesitant to connect with others, stop it right now! Art isn’t a competition, it’s a collaboration. Sharing your art form might be terrifying at first, but I guarantee that by being a bit vulnerable you will see amazing growth and progress in your work. Check out a few of my writer friends at Heather Dent’s Studio, The Contemplation of a Daughter, and Catherine – 30 and Beyond.