The whole debacle started me thinking about why I do this blogging thing anyway. Plenty of people keep travel blogs with details of their trips and photos along the way. But why do I post such open, vulnerable things about my life as well? Why do I write this blog, anyway? Here is what I came up with.
Why I Blog the Way I Do:
- Writing about my life helps me process and learn from it in a way that simply thinking about it or talking with a friend can't do. So yes, a primary reason is selfish.
- In sharing about my travels and adventures, I hope that others might see how possible it is to follow their dreams, and refuse to be held back by whatever strings they imagine to be tying them down.
- In sharing intimate details about my struggles and challenges, I hope that others are inspired to be courageously vulnerable in their own ways. Like so many authors and songwriters have done for me over the years, I hope that my readers will feel less alone in their own struggles as a result of reading about mine.
- I want my life to be an offering. I live and write not only for me, but for the betterment of all beings. If opening my head and heart up to all of you turns what feels like a mess to me into a blessing for you, then it is worth it. Over the years - and especially the past two months - the flood of messages I've received from people telling me how much a post helped them with something in their life lets me know it's working. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE MESSAGES. They are really what motivate me to keep writing.
And now, before I jump directly into what I've been doing here in Montana, I'll re-post some of the pictures from my drive west, simply to keep a consistent log of my travels.
|Sunset in wide open North Dakota|
|Sunrise the next morning in North Dakota's oil country|
(one of the scariest places I've been in the states, by the way)
|My first glimpse of the Montana mountains after a year of|
longing for them and four days of flat driving to get there. This is Glacier
National Park in the distance. This sight brought tears to my eyes.