Ok...I'm doing it...Without even much understanding or experience in blogging (I can never seem to even GET to my good friends' blogsites without them walking me there each time) I am deciding to BLOG. I made this decision...oh, about 10 minutes ago...for several reasons.
1. I love transparency. I have this innate desire to be real and authentic and desire to be all the more this way. I want to be a person who is genuinely ME despite who I am around, and what they may bring out it me. For too much of my life I have been affected by the "fear of man"...too concerned with what others have thought of me. I've been disgusted by the way I have altered myself at times, even subtly, "becoming" someone I thought others would want me to be. This has gradually changed over the years, but I truly want to kill that trait, tendency, whatever...once and for all. This seems like a good way to do it.
2. Accountability. I once heard Zig Ziglar say that you should tell EVERYONE your "give up" goals, and very few your "go up" goals....(or something like that...it was a long time ago) But the essence of it stuck with me. Makes sense. I have a big "give up goal" and by putting it out there, I hope to gain the resolve...and encouragement...I need to make it. In short, it is high time I get serious about changing my life and losing my excess poundage. Funny how it all creeps up on you. I'll write more about this later, but part of my "burden to blog" is to put my journey out there so I'll stay on it....please help me along the way!
3. For the Record...I'm calling this "Draper Capers" because Andrew and I years ago committed to "do life" WITH our kids..."Drapers do life together" is what we resolved, and like Bailey, our oldest, commented several years ago, "Our life is really an adventure, isn't it?" And it has been. We may look like your typical American family in many ways, but God has called us to "do life different" a lot...We don't seem to get by with making "normal" choices, or even logical ones at times...Yet God has been with us...breathed on us, and we have enjoyed His favor. He is our source of creativity and our "Adventure Guide" and we try to follow His leading as best as our flawed nature allows us to...or chooses to, I should say. We are so far from perfect, but through this blog I hope to create a record of my precious family, the amazing things they say and their "way."
4. For the Craft...I love words and I love writing. I was once at a playwriting conference where Buzz McKight said that a writer should write every day, even if just one sentence. I don't, and have been plagued by that comment ever since. I thought this would be a good discipline. I always write just how I think...with the exception of my "rhyming" children's books...Don't ALWAYS think in rhyme, though I do LOVE it so! Whether writing as you think is good writing or not, I do not know, but for now, I remain conversational in style...probably why I enjoy playwriting so much.
So there you have it...To blog or not to blog? I think I shall...and I hope you are humored, encouraged, and will encourage me back along the way... Dar Draper :)