Ok, that's a little dramatic.
But I feel like I can't write another word.
Maybe it's because I'm almost halfway through the challenge, and I'm already running out of steam. Maybe it's because today is kind of like New Years Day for me. Maybe because it's Sunday, and I just want to take a day off, or just a little break.
Let me start over.
On Day 1, I mentioned the blog challenge, but left out all the details.
I'm a member of a business group of indie makers called the Indie Business Network. IBN is heading up a 30-day blog challenge. It's completely optional (yes, I chose to do this to myself), but I thought it would be a good idea to get back in the habit of regular blogging, so I took it on.
The rules are pretty simple. Write at least one blog per day, every day, for 30 straight days. Each blog must be at least 300 words. That's it.
(Oh, and include a photo. Today I chose the stock photo equivalent of an infomercial, because I'm feeling hyperbolic).
But, 300 words is longer than it sounds, and thinking of something new to write every day is starting to feel impossible, and this is only the 14th day. 16 more days, more ideas, more words (at least 4800 more), to go. I'm running out of things to say.
(That's not really true. I have lists of ideas of things to write about, I just don't feel like writing them.)
The first 13 blogs of the challenge were a mixture of things I just wanted to say, ideals I wanted to share, old blogs refreshed and rewritten for new eyes, and origin stories I wanted to tell. The next 16 will likely be the same.
But, lets go back to the beginning.
SOS. I need your help. What would you like to read about?
P.S. If you're on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, look for the #blogyourbrand hashtag to find more blogs from myself and other Indies.
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Whenever I travel or celebrate a special occasion, I make a new essential oil blend. Sometimes I put it in an inhaler, or sometimes a perfume oil, sometimes a body oil, or a spray. Having a new aroma is my way to commemorate special moments in my life.
A few weeks ago, I went to Ireland. I wanted to bring some body oil for relaxing, so I first made a blend with Peace. Then I remembered I recently bought jasmine extract and neroli essential oil for personal use. They are both very precious oils, so I don't often use them, I had purchased them on a whim. It turns out I had a reason, I just didn't know it at the time.
I wanted to make something that reminded me of summer; reminded me of flowers blooming and of fertile earth and fresh green leaves. I started by pulling aside the oils that reminded me of that aroma. I wanted to use neroli and jasmine for sure, not only because I wanted to work with them, but also because their heavy floral aromas were perfect for the heart of the blend.
I needed a top note that was
I'm taking part in an Instagram Challenge called March Meet the Maker. Joanne Hawker started this challenge in 2016, but I only heard of it this year and jumped in late, just a couple days ago. Joanne set up each day with a different prompt, and makers share photos and stories related to that prompt. Today's prompt is "design process", and since this is my favorite part of my job, I wanted to share more than an Instagram post would allow.
Each type of product I make has a slightly different design process, depending on whether it's a lip balm and I'm creating new scents, or it's an aromatherapy blend where the ingredients are therapeutic, or it's a limited edition body product that is completely new. But they all start the same - an idea. Usually followed by the question, "how can I make this scent with just natural ingredients?"
Two years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore, and I picked up a book on their bestsellers table. I liked the way the book looked and felt in my hands, and I made a split second decision to buy it just before they closed, completely unaware that what I felt was what the book was about - an item sparking joy in myself. The book was Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Though the KonMari Method is about following your heart, not necessarily your instincts, I'm so glad I picked up that book!
I love stuff. I love to collect things, especially old things. I love the memories they hold, the connections they remind me of, and the history they contain. I am comforted by always having useful things around in case I need them. It's rare I ever leave my house without a bag (although I do try to challenge myself sometimes).