August 26, 2012

New Paths

Crossroads . . .

Jen Cushman wrote a blog post last week that touched a virtual nerve (you can read it if you click here).  For the past few weeks, I've been feeling as though I've been standing at a crossroads. New creative paths and vistas are in front of me and there are many decisions to make - creatively and personally.

Good blogging, as Jen writes, takes time . . . and lots of it. In essence, a good blog post is not unlike writing, producing and publishing a magazine article. Gathering your thoughts, creating the art, staging the photo shoot, processing the photos, etc. It all takes time - a very precious commodity.

When I began my blogging journey, it started very simply and with no preconceptions. I'd no idea of what I was doing, never dreamed I'd have "followers" or make such good friends along the way. I've always blogged for the sheer pleasure and 'love of it'. Truly. Blogging satisfied a creative need. I could showcase my art, play with my photography and write. I've loved sharing my art, my life and my joy. And when sorrow knocked on the door, my blogging friends held me up with strength, love and prayers.

That being said, my heart is whispering that the time has come to close this blog for a long, much-needed sabbatical. I must listen and obey. It's a decision that hasn't been made easily. I need time to regroup and renew - time to explore creative outlets.

Thank you, My Friends, for your friendship and love. It's been an amazing journey. If you'd like to follow my new creative explorations, please 'friend me' on FaceBook.

May your life be filled with artful joy !
 


23 comments:

indybev said...

Since my personal blog is not much more than posting my art in response to challenges, I've always admired those of you who take the time to make your blog so much more. I will miss visiting here, Teri, but I'll be following you on Facebook. May your new paths be rewarding and joyful, my friend!!

roc said...

good for you to listen to what your heart wants. sometimes we all need to step back and take a few deep breaths. god bless you!

Sparkle Farkle said...

I am glad for the friendship we share and wish you love and nothing but the best. See you on Facebook? It's a deal!

Love, SF~~~~~*

thekathrynwheel said...

Very sad to see you leave blogland, but I'll be stalking you on FB! I will miss you, but I think you have taken a brave decision to listen to your heart.
See you on FB :-)

Healing Woman said...

Good luck to you Terri. We must all follow our heart. Will miss you but I have a feeling you will return one day.
Hugs,
Cheryl

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Today is a sad day in blogland. I am so sorry to see you leave this blog, since I'm not on Facebook or any of the other social networks. I will miss you, dear friend. Please drop in and visit your blog every once in awhile. There are so many of us who will miss you beyond belief.

Ro Bruhn said...

It's a hard decision, but one, only you can make. Blogs are very time consuming. We'll miss your lovely work and conversations, but I've been reading your stories via Facebook and fully understand, there are far more important things in your life at present. Good luck with all that you do.

~*~Patty S said...

I do not always read others comments on blogs, BUT I did read Ro Bruhn's comment above me and what she said is just what I am feeling here...

Follow your heart dear one...
you know we are here if you feel the urge to resurface in blogland...

May the long time sun shine upon you
All Love surround you
and the pure Light within you
Guide your way on

Hugs and Blessings all ways and forever dear one
oxo

Sharon said...

I shall miss your blog but totally understand. I have your wonderful little canvas right on my desk and look at it often thinking what a creative soul you are. I shall keep in touch on facebook. Take care my friend. Hugs Sharon

Lynn Richards said...

Terri,
Thank you for the time of beautiful creativity I have been able to share with you on this blog. I'll look for you over on Facebook!!
Blessings to you,
Lynn

jencushman said...

Terri,

I am so sorry if my musings on blogging caused you any hardship whatsoever. Not my intent by any means. I was questioning time spent on blogging vs quality time making art and being with loved ones. I can tell your decision came from your heart, and all who know you and care for you will understand that you must walk your own path and truth. Hugs to you and a great BIG Whoop Whoop on whatever creative endeavor you choose next! -- Jen

Lorelei Lane said...

Terri, I'm so sad to see you end your blog. I hope we can convince you to do a once a month post to keep up caught up with your art and journal. I'll be contacting you by email soon to start my own recovery journal and I'll see you on facebook. Keep Calm and Carry On, my friend.

Eileen Mailloux said...

I'm going to miss your blog so much but I understand what you're saying. I leave you with my prayers for a brighter day. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I'm sorry to hear you're closing your blog, Terri. I haven't always made it over here, but I've always enjoyed your artwork when I have. Good luck in your endeavors!

Martina2801 said...

Too bad that you left the blog world, love Terri. But I respect your decision. But we meet in Facebook, okay? Have a nice time my dear! Hugs MARTINA

Marilyn Rock said...

Embrace change Terri! I will miss your Blog but fully understand regrouping. I know you will be on a path of goodness. Thoughts of you and yours! Marilyn xxoo

Marit said...

Sometimes changes like this are much needed... enjoy the new rithem of life and good luck with all new endavours that you find on your way.

BLiSsAngELs said...

dear Terri i will miss your post but Oh boy have you and Jim had a roller coaster ride this last year.. i will still see you via facebook and wish you love and all the best hugs Wendy

creatie's and stuff by jenneke said...

beautiful site
greetz jenneke

Lizbethem said...

Terri, I'll miss you, but you must do what you have to do. Change is good. God bless you in whatever new path you take.

. said...

Hi there kiddo!

Thought I would drop by to see if anyone was home. ....
Thanks for your lovely comments earlier this week! good to hear from you!
Love,
T

thekathrynwheel said...

Woohoo! Welcome back! So glad to have you back in blogland, and very happy that everything has worked out well for you. You are living proof that there are guardian angels living amongst us :-)

Laceyebem said...

beautiful site greetz jenneke