I opened the door to my Ford Escape the other morning as I was heading out to work and was greeted with the sight of a single Goldfish cracker that had made its way under my drivers seat.
I saw it and had two thoughts 1) “huh” there is a Goldfish cracker under my seat… and 2) this would be a good blog entry (even though I had been thinking about it but didn’t quite have a blog yet).
As usual, I was loaded up with bags, keys, phones and the like – and hopped into the car without removing the Goldfish from its resting pace. As I was driving to work I kept thinking about this little orange Goldfish sitting under the left side of my seat. The same script kept running through my mind “you know you are a mum when you find a Goldfish cracker under the seat of your car” and I couldn’t help but laugh at myself and the sheer silliness of it all – partly at the fact that I had actually left the Goldfish where it was to clean up later – but also because it made me realize the chaotic but joyful nature of my life now as a full time working mum (we have a 2 year old), wife, daughter, sister, friend, etc…let’s just say it was a good reminder to lighten up and go easy on myself in the constant attempt to balance everything each day.
So this was a few days ago, and well yes I have to admit, terrible as this is, that the Goldfish is in fact still under the seat. It has now become the name of my new blog and I swear I will remove it from under the seat after I post this, my first blog entry.
Although I have been thinking about blogging for awhile now – I just had not gotten around to it (kind of like a lot of things on the “write it down” never ending to do list which I’ll explain later and that I am sure many people have a version of) but I was also scared of jumping into the unknown public blogging space. I needed a reminder to get going and go for it and this Goldfish really started me thinking of things I wanted to blog about that I could imagine people, and especially busy women, relating to.
And it just so happens that at work we have also been doing social media training for our client with Shane Gibson of Socialized! (http://www.socialized.me/) – and we happened to be covering blogging in this week’s training session. So Voila… no more putting it off – tonight after a good solitary run at the seawall and some more pondering, I shared with my awesome sister the name I was thinking about for my blog and this story that inspired it. I then picked up my 2 year old from my parents and came home, put him back to bed, then just got going. Now a few hours later I have arrived in blogger land with my Goldfish in tow.
This is all new to me, but I am just going to go for it and learn and add new things as I go. I plan to enjoy writing in this new space (I have kept an assortment of those old school paper diaries throughout the years). And as we learned yesterday in our training, it doesn’t have to be perfect… and that is partly the point of blogging right? So am I a little fearful of this new and public space… yup. Am I excited to get started… yup. Am I nervous about what people may think… yup. But it doesn’t matter, because this is for me and anyone else that comes along and gets some enjoyment out of it, in whatever form it takes.
So if you have found The Goldfish Diaries then welcome, I hope you enjoy it, crumbs and all. Cheers, Jane 🙂