I just wanted to pop on here and announce that I’m starting to write on this blog again, though pretty soon it’ll be under a new name and a new URL! As soon as my blog’s migration is complete, I’ll be blogging under my own name, Monica Booth. Hooray!
I’ve been blogging on and off for almost 20 years, going wayyyy back to highschool. I had a… wait for it… Deadjournal. Back then, it was mostly angsty rants about my parents and 100-question surveys, but I was proud of my space and the voice I was developing in the brave new world of the internet. Goodness that makes me feel old but in reality, this world we live in is moving at the speed of light. Technologies we had never dreamed of 20 years ago are absolutely essential now.
I recently signed my family up for the Disney+ streaming service (as a perfect example of fantasy-tech that would have blown our minds a couple of decades ago!), and I watched Beauty and the Beast with my son, Lil’ Ziggy. First, let me say that scripts and song lyrics were a hell of a lot more clever in the 90’s, wouldn’t you agree? But I want to remind you of a key item in the movie, something that at the time merely advanced the plot, but we had no idea just how prophetic it would be: the Beast’s enchanted mirror. With one phrase, Beast could see any person, place or thing in the world. Having that power in the palm of his hand was described as a punishment, something to remind him of all he was missing out on, perhaps pop culture’s very first FOMO moment.
And now, I hold that enchanted mirror every day as I chat with my mom on FaceTime, as I scroll Instagram before bed (and multiple other points in the day), and as I consume world news on a 24/7 cycle.
At the touch of a button, I can see everything that is happening (or not happening) in the world.
While I certainly don’t yearn for the perceived dramatic days of my youth, there’s no question that our world, our society, is a lot more intense now than we could ever have imagined. There is no more FOMO, because we’re not missing ANYTHING. Good or bad.
So maybe it’s not surprising that I’ve felt a little overwhelmed. A little exhausted. A little off-balance. “Too much of a good thing” is real, folks. The things we thought would make life easier is actually making the world more complicated. The things we thought would save us time and money are now costing us our health and our planet.
So what does this have to do with my blog anyway?
I stopped blogging in 2017 because life became far too overwhelming for me to even put words into coherent sentences. I completely lost the ability to write. In fact, I pretty much lost the ability to read and process information in any way. It was scary. It may be difficult for some to understand, and I won’t go into further detail in this particular post, but I truly feel like I lost control of my mind for the better part of a year.
I’ve made a lot of progress since then but the non-stop, fast-paced and clickbait-driven culture that we live in is definitely a stumbling block on my way to feeling whole and healthy again. I tear myself free only to be sucked back in again because it’s far easier to fall back on old habits.
I’ve been trying several ways to bring some balance and a feeling of control back into my life. In that process, I feel like I’ve stripped back almost everything that I can, gotten rid of all that doesn’t serve me and my family. I’m so thankful that I’m now ready to start rebuilding a bit, but it has to be in a way that is sustainable.
Part of that is feeling like I can finally write again. I’m ready for it. I want it. And I’m going to make it happen.
In rebuilding this blog in a way that’s sustainable, I have to ensure what I bring in doesn’t take away from the feeling of simplicity that I’ve worked hard to achieve.
I will be blogging mostly about my life as a married mom of two from Canada, just trying to calm the spin in my own head and provide the best life I can for my family. And part of my life includes the struggles I’m going through in regards to everything that is happening in the world now and what I personally am trying to do to make it a little bit better.
What seems to be working for me right now is a combo platter of lifestyle movements including minimalism, eco-friendliness, low-waste and slow living. As I start to blog about these newfound interests of mine, my aim is to inspire you to come along with me as we try to make sense of our world and improve it together.
That said, I have to do this in a way that doesn’t ultimately lead to me feeling burnt out again. So I’ll be starting slow, recognizing that I can’t be everything to everyone. Recognizing that I can’t solve every problem I identify and that attempting to is in itself unsustainable.
With that, I announce the word I’ve chosen to guide my blogging and my life for 2020:
Thanks for joining me, friends 🙂