I have only been blogging for a few months at this point. But, so far, I really love it. In college I had heard a lot of different people talk about the need for a creative outlet. And honestly, I totally blew the idea off. I just chalked it up to having an English major (which I have not mentioned yet, because that makes me extra nervous about any typos or grammatical errors that may be in my posts) and being in classes with people who were generally a lot more ‘in-tune with themselves’ and creative than myself. Basically, I felt my life was pretty balanced already. I worked at a job I loved that gave me a lot of social interaction, I went to classes and kept organized to get my assignments done, I made time to exercise each day, and I played with adorably-terrible dog. My days were pretty packed, so I considered watching Friends re-runs each night to be my “creative outlet.”
It wasn’t until I got into my career after college, that I realized exactly how much I do need some sort of reading or writing for enjoyment in my life. I think it took me that long to realize, because in college I was constantly bogged down with forced reading and writing assignments. While I managed to keep my love for all things involving the English language (I mean enough to make a career out of it), it did pretty much drain me of all my reading and writing for pleasure time.
Until, now. This year has been much more stressful, made me completely overwhelmed (at times), and given me lots more responsibility than college ever did. But, my schedule is consistent. And I LOVE that. I love schedules and routines. No matter how hard I tried, during college my schedule always felt disjointed, because I would fit in work, homework, and exercise around the class times that were offered. There was never any real flow. But, now I am on a normal work schedule, so I have easily been able to fall into a routine (and I love routines so much, I want to list out my entire weekly routine right here!—but I won’t. First, to spare you from reading that and second because this post is already going to be a longer one).
Before I started mountaingirlygirl, I used reading different blogs as my creative outlet. Hours on end were spent going over various lifestyle, beauty, and outdoor blogs. And as I started to contemplate and plan my own site, I developed a more critical eye concerning what constitutes a “good” blog. Of course, I knew that with all of that knowledge, I would be able to make an absolutely perfect blog.
But, it’s a whole lot harder than it looks.
So, I wanted to share with you a few of the things I want to work on as I grow my blog. I appreciate all of the support and positive feedback that I have received so far. And I want to let you know that I understand I have some definite short-comings, but I am working on them, and trying to make the best blog I can for you!
Ah!! My pictures have been one of my biggest struggles with this blog. One of the most entertaining parts about outdoors blogs are the outstanding pictures of a brook trout being released back into the river as the sunsets behind the immense mountains– or something equally cool and beautiful. I absolutely love those pictures! But, then I look at mine, and they are never quite as I envision them in my head. I think that I have always been under the assumption, that if I am outdoors those pictures will just naturally fall into place. I mean I live in a beautiful area! But, in reality, I am learning that those pictures take some serious forethought and work. Over the next few weeks, I am going to really focus on improving the picture quality on here.
This is completely based off of my jealously. Some of my favorite blogs to read are about traveling all over the world. Alaska, French Polynesia, Finland, Hawaii… you get the picture. And I so, so, so badly wish I could write about all of my travels. Except… I haven’t had that many travels. Which makes sense. I’m 23 years old and just in my first year out of college, for goodness sake! At this point, I’m just happy to no longer be living on potatoes and pasta (super healthy). So, of course I would love to be traveling to all corners of the globe; it seems like the 20s is where wanderlust really kicks in. But, that just isn’t feasible, and that’s alright. I need to be thankful for the trips I will take with Brady and with my brother during the summer (posts will be up as those trips happen), and not throw myself a pity-party for not being able to afford to spend the entire summer jet-setting.
As I look at other blogger’s and photographer’s accounts of outdoor exploring that they do, I begin to second-guess my “adventures” heading, here on mountaingirlygirl. They will have pictures of hang-gliding over insane canyons, dropping out of helicopters to ski, or biking across—what seems to be—the entire Moab Desert. Even the relaxing pictures I see have someone sleeping in a hammock hung high above the Redwood Forest. And I’m over here pulling a 4 inch brook trout out of the local stream calling it an “adventure.” But, it sure beats spending all day on the couch, and it fits into my life right now. Luckily, I will have a lot more free time in the next few months, so I am planning on amping up my adventure game. Meaning, maybe climb a fourteener, or attempt a mini backpacking trip, or POSSIBLY help Brady with the fire when we go camping (no promises there though, fire terrifies me and gets me out of lots of camping chores). But, I’m not quite to the hop-out-of-a-helicopter-and-ski-to-beat-an-avalanche level yet.
Now, this is pretty vain, but I am super self-conscious any time I take pictures at my house. My house is tiny, and old, and a rental, and generally just a “for now” place. Complain, complain, complain… Don’t get me wrong: I really love having my own place and am pretty proud of myself for living on my own. But, my house just isn’t that dream home I have pictured. Because it’s a rental, my main focus is keeping Teton’s destruction to a minimum, and keeping the house clean/presentable. I’m not really doing a ton of home improvement. Which, doesn’t really bother me until I go to take a picture for a post and I have peeling paint or a vine sprouting up through the foundation in y bathroom (true story) in the picture. The pictures from blogs that I love always have a lovely bright background and lots of personal home-y touches. Mine is not like that, yet. Of course, that is another thing that will just come with time and effort.
Now, I could go on and on with this post. However, I won’t. There are lots of things I am shooting to improve upon, but I am not going to just sit here and dream/complain.
Ultimately, I just need to remind myself that I am sharing my life with you, not the version of my perfect life. As much as I would like to pretend my day-to-day routine contains brunch and lattes at the local coffee shop, then floating down the Madison catching monster trout every afternoon. That’s just not what’s going on. And that’s okay! I will focus on the things that I actually can change, and maybe if I keep working hard enough I will be able to have that ideal coffee date and fishing trip all day, every day. And I’ll have Blake Lively’s hair. But, those things will take patience.
Thanks for reading,