During the last few months I’ve chatted with a few other bloggers who like me, have been blogging for a very long time. The question about whether to continue seems to be popping up a lot. And while I fully intend to keep blogging, others aren’t so sure. Obviously, the entire field is changing both with the millions of blogs flooding the market, the influence of AI, and podcasts becoming the new “thing.” But for those of us who feel called to write, it still offers a wonderful way to express. However, even with that there is the inevitable trade-offs, priorities, and choices. Do we spend our time doing one thing? Or do we do another? It doesn’t matter if it is writing a blog post or doing something else you feel is more important. Each of us needs to decide what takes priority today. The good news is that many of us have choices. The bad news is—many of us have (too) many choices!
That’s where my head has been since Thom and I returned from Mexico this summer. Last spring, we bought a tiny house (park model) in Tucson, AZ and ever since the first of November we have been trying out our new experiment. I wrote (here) an article about our purchase and the intention behind it. During the summer we had a worker take care of a lot of the more challenging cosmetic issues to be corrected. Then since we’ve arrived, we’ve been focusing on doing a lot of finish work. Plus, we’ve been meeting more and more people and immersing ourselves in the community. That of course leads to daily trade-offs, picking priorities and making choices!
It’s not like I don’t have ideas I could be writing about either. As usual, I’ve continued to listen to podcasts while walking nearly every morning. And my two minds are as curious as ever. But as some of you know, learning the ins and outs of any new location takes time. Where do you get groceries? Where’s the closest Lowe’s or Ace Hardware? Where do you go for a quick bite to eat? And yes, where do you go to celebrate your husband’s birthday?
Don’t get me wrong. Much of it is fun. Especially when we have met dozens of new potential friends since arriving. Just trying to remember everyone’s name is a challenge. We’ve managed to get out and ride bikes a couple of times. And this morning I started up with Line Dancing again. Of course, it has a big pool to swim in, a hot tub, a small gym, a library with free books, a woodshop, a billiard room and several different classes to learn things. And we’re just getting started.
What I have come to realize and accept is that having so many choices is a gift. Rather than resisting them or feeling overwhelmed by my options, I just admitted that have to choose. I can’t do everything and fortunately I don’t have too. So maybe just embracing the options with gratitude is the very best thing to do.
Let’s all remember Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And even though there continues to be challenges in the world and in our individual lives, most of us on a regular basis have very blessed lives. When I really think about it, I am extremely grateful for all the choices I have. I am also very, very thankful for this blog and anyone and everyone who takes the time to read it. And if you leave a comment—that’s awesome too. Let us all do our best to focus on all the good we have and the gift we share by having options. At least that’s what sounds SMART to me today!
What about you? What choices are you facing and are you grateful for them?