Review, Refresh, Refocus

I recently read through the last year of posts I have written in this space. It didn't take too long as I am not exactly the most prolific blogger in the world, but it gave me a sudden moment of clarity and perhaps an answer to a long pondered conundrum.

I wrote once, about not really knowing what this space was for. About the fact that this blog was started as a practice space, a precursor to something else which actually finally (finally!) exists.

... yet this space continues to exist too, and looking over what I have written in more recent times it suddenly stands out very clearly, to me at least, what this space has become. Perhaps it has been obvious to others for a while, but sometimes it's difficult to see what's under your nose.

When I started blogging I remember someone telling me that it takes a while to 'find your voice'. I was never really sure what that person meant. Whether it was finding your writing style, or finding your focus point or even your USP.

You see, I don't think my writing style has changed hugely over the past few years. Hopefully it has developed a bit and is the better for the little bit of practice. My focus, however, has shifted hugely since I began wittering on about this that and the other and I think I have finally realised what it is I like writing about. Does that mean I've finally found my voice? Almost 4 years, and not really that many posts, later?

Perhaps it's because I usually don't know what I'm going to write about until I suddenly find myself with a quiet evening and an open laptop, that I haven't 'found my voice' until now.  I have always just written about whatever the most recent highlight was, mostly, it appears, about family celebrations.

So, Where Wishes Come From seems to have evolved into a place where I share my thoughts and record my musings on the festivities I celebrate with my family. Seasonal festivals in particular, but also 'Hallmark' holidays, Family occasions, Birthdays, Weddings. Even long weekends. Those shining moments that stand out brightly against the constant blur of ordinary days.

I like to write about celebrating. I like to write about preparing for celebrations. I like to write about crafting for celebrations. I like to write about how celebrations turned out. I even like celebrating!

I spend a lot of my daydreaming time thinking about upcoming celebrations. I even secretly plan themed birthday parties for my children, that they will probably never even be interested in having...

... so how it has taken me this long to realise that celebrations are my 'thing' I will never know - I own a greeting card business for goodness sake - celebrations have ALWAYS been my 'thing'.

Earlier this year, I spent a night away for a work conference. I had accidently printed out the wrong timetable and arrived in the city 8 hours too early for the first event. I wandered around the shops for a while (I was even too early to check into my hotel :/ ) and found a copy of All Year Round, in a gorgeous toyshop.

When I eventually got into my hotel room, I spent a luxurious hour or two curled up in bed, skimming through each section.The book is good. Crammed full of ideas for celebrating seasonally with young children, but a lot of the projects were based on themes that didn't really gel with me. I know it's not the only book about seasonal celebrations, but I much prefer creating my own celebrations and family traditions anyway.

Later still, fired up by the creativity at the conference launch, and completely overtired, I scribbled frenzied notes, about an idea for a new blog that would focus on simple celebrations for children and families.

For some reason I thought that this space wasn't the place for it. And it isn't really at the moment. But also, it almost is. The bones are there. The quiet whisperings of a voice has always been here in this space and I think I'm ready to listen.

So I'm thinking about making some changes.

Seeing if I can make writing in this space a more focused, regular thing.

(I have no idea how it will go. I might run out of ideas in no time at all, and be back to irregularly wittering on about this that and the other, whenever I find that elusive quiet evening and open laptop!)

For the next little while, you can expect a few cosmetic changes here and a post or two about Autumn celebrations.

Yet, dear reader, do you think that this is a good idea?

Your opinion really counts at this point, as apparently I'm not great at noticing things - even when my stats have always told me that my most popular posts are the ones about parties and crafts...

Are you even interested in simple family celebrations and ideas for seasonal crafts?
Am I missing something else that's glaringly obvious to you?
Am I just having an identity crisis?

Let me know...


  1. I am so excited to watch your vision of 'celebrations' evolve in your already wonderful blog. I too am known for my penchant for making all events a celebration, so I know that this blog will continue to be a favourite of mine. Congratulations on your eureka moment!

  2. I love this. I love that you've come to this realisation through writing about whatever comes to mind and then looking back at your "body of work". I love your celebrations and you clearly have a talent for them. I think this is a really really good idea.

  3. This sounds like a perfect plan - my favourite post of yours was the midsummer celebration, I loved it. Can't wait to read more!

  4. Thanks so much for your positive responses and lovely comments! I'm planning like crazy and I can't wait to get started :)

  5. it all makes so much soon as you said it, i felt the resonance that you are speaking to. a nice low hum of "A-ha!". i agree too, that it takes a while to find your voice. i'm tickled you've found yours. also, if you don't already have it, you really need "i'm in charge of celebrations" by Baylor. if you end up being my swap partner, i know what i'm gettin you!

    btw, thank you for the sweet shout out! i am so touched to know how the swap has impacted your late summer over the last 3 years. so happy you've signed up again! xoxo

  6. Thank you Mary!I immediately 'googled' that book recommendation and I WANT IT! It seems to be exactly, exactly my approach to life and perfect that I can share it with the girls too! If you don't get me in the swap, it will be in my amazon cart within moments :)


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