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Why I Blog

Quick post.  I believe these 5 quotes describe why I blog especially the last one:

The authentic self is the best part of a human being. It’s the part of you that already cares, that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle.” Andrew Cohen

“No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.” Nathaneil Hawthorne

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” e.e. cummings

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”  Homer

“To contact the deeper truth of who we are, we must engage in some activity or practice that questions what we assume to be true about ourselves.”
A. H. Almaas

I blog and use other social networking because I fundamentally believe it helps me live the best life I can live. It is a totally honest way of living.  My friend Emily said ‘Rachel you are an open book’.  I can’t think of a higher compliment she could have paid me.  I am not pretending or being anything other than me. I am an open book. Sigh of relief…

Can it be painful, humbling and even embarrassing at times?  Of course,  but the greatest sacrifices bring the greatest blessings.  It has always in the end been a blessing in my life to share who I am, and figure out who I am in the process. (And hopefully give each of you a chance to bounce your life off of mine).

When I die there will be a lot of people that can genuinely say they knew who I was and hopefully liked what they saw.  Not every single girl can say that.

I’m grateful to my friends and my readers, who glance at my rambling thoughts, and I look forward to many more years of Open Book Living.  Ah, the freedom it gives!

I just wanted you to know that tonight. Dear world.

Also, if any of you have topics or areas you would like me to cover more of or maybe something new you’d like to hear my thoughts on please send me your thoughts.  I would love it!

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An Author

Last week a friend told me about a service that coverts blogs into books.

http://blog2print.sharedbook.com

Using this service you upload your blog and can chose from a number of different formats, with everything from a scrapbook style to more of a traditional book.  With my blog being more word-heavy and being 4 years old I naturally chose the latter.

IT IS AWESOME!  2 volumes, 751 pages with black and white photos (I also got a color pdf copy with links included).

Even though it is just for me it feels so satisfying to hold volumes in my hands that I wrote.  That have my thoughts and ideas inside. It really does make me feel like an author.  It is exciting!

I remember a writer told me once to bind your first book whether it is published or not, and I can see why.  Its extremely satisfying to see your hard work in paper form, not just electronic.

Its just neat to see the proof of my life over the last 4 years! It makes me want to keep writing.

The front and back cover. Don't they look great!
Text with photos
the inscription

Privacy is Overrated

So I should be eating but food is blah…so I think I will answer the question why I blog and blog so personally.

I read this quote today and it totally rang true. “I think it is part of the ancient wisdom that releasing your thoughts makes you feel lighter and at peace with yourself. It is therapy. Privacy is overrated anyway (more on this idea soon). We are social animals and we like to understand our world. I am not sure where we’ve got this thing with protecting our privacy in the first place. It doesn’t make sense unless you have something to hide. And hiding something is like holding a weight on your shoulders.

The feeling of lightness and relief that come with the knowledge that you do not have to hide anything is amazing. So much energy saved for better, constructive purposes!”

That my friends is why I blog.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I almost never mention other people in my blog, except a passing glance or a positive profile on a birthday.  It is all about ME.   It is the one place where I can say what I want, when I want, because it is mine. It is a creation of mine and nobody else.  There is power in that.  For once the thrill of authorship is available to everyone who can type.  Its great! And as wonderful as being a team player is, sometimes it is equally empowering to just be you alone, and have your voice heard. (not only that but I’ve learned to craft, defend and fine tune my voice.  I’ve learned a ton from my blog).

My blog makes me feel like Oprah every time I write.  Like I have a forum and the 100-200 daily hits are my audience.  Just as Oprah had shows on movies, religion, music and other topics, my blog jumps around from here to there.  And honestly who doesn’t want to be Oprah?

I just want to make a difference and be understood  by the world.  I think my blog let’s me do that.  Thanks for reading friends and making comments (and please make more!).

It’s like Emerson says, “A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.” I hope I do that for someone and I certainly get that from myself and others in the blogosphere. There are startling minds all over the place!

The two cousins who are closest to me in age have already passed on, so I know life is too short to hide what you are and believe.  Be bold with the world!

The great thing is the post where I have been the most brave about my weight or anxiety are the one’s that get the most hits and positive feedback.  It is amazing.  I had nearly 400 hits in 2 days on my anxiety piece because it was honest and people need to hear that they are not alone in the world.  I need to hear that.  I need to feel it from writing. Its like Emerson says ‘“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself”.  Its really true.  Blogging myself is what brings me peace.

Without my blog I’d just be a little girl who lives alone in Utah.  With it, I can touch the world. Be brave.  Make your voice heard.  We need your perspective.  I need your perspective.

Anyway, that’s my explanation of why I blog, and why I am as personal as I am on my blog.  Its the only way I know how to live.

Emerson- ““To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Amen to that!

Ok.  Now I better find something to eat…blah.