I think that narrow, well-defined focus is perhaps the least attainable concept in today's world. We are surrounded constantly by THINGS. Call them projects, distractions, goals, lists, whatever you like, but you must agree that regardless - there are a LOT of them. How do we choose what to focus on? What we'd like to be good at? What we'd like to be known for? How do we decide what mark we'd like to leave on society?
I grew up in a generation where we have been repeatedly told, "you can be or do anything you set your mind to." As an adult, I realize now that those words present a new struggle. My desires are somewhat simple. I'd like to be good at what I do. But my long list of 'anythings' would spread me far too thin to be good at any one of them. So where do I place my focus?
There are different levels of focus. On a high scale I'd like to be a woman of faith, a good wife, a good mother. On a professional scale I'd like to be a creative designer, a leader, a valued employee. And then there are my personal interests. I'd like to be an excellent cook, a leader in my community, an appreciator of art, and keep a good house... I could go on and on.
Even as I decided to write and design this blog I keep re-asking myself: WHAT will it be about? One of my personal annoyances are blogs that try to do too much. It's like a caffeine overload to my system. My brain can't process what direction or frame of reference to take in the information. Is it a cooking blog? Interior design? A personal journal? Are they trying to sell me something? And usually before I have time to figure it out, I've given up. Moved on. Noting to self, what a fine example of what NOT to do.
I guess what it comes down to is this: I have decided in my own life, for my family, I want to live honestly. I'm tired of the trends and fads of artificial-sugar and can't-believe-it's-not-butter. I want to teach a life of moderation.
I don't always buy organic, it's not in our budget, but I do grow my own vegetables whenever possible. I want to be realistic and not guard or shelter my family from the world - there's still surprisingly a lot of good out there. But at the same time, hold myself to high goals. One of my favorite quotes by Henry David Thoreau has always been, "In the long run, men hit only what them aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high."
So I return full circle. What IS this blog about? I want it to be about what inspires me in design. And food.
My brain says, "No, you have to choose one. And inspiration is a lame category - its way too vague. What is the connecting factor between the two? Why must you do both?"
Maybe the fact that I enjoy both should be enough. I keep riddling my brain looking for the one line that simplifies it all. Maybe it's just this - this is my blog on living. Due to the fact that I crave organization, I will divide it into two spaces. The Plaid will house my curiosities and inspiration. Quirky details, motivating tunes, the little things that challenge the mundane. And The Asparagus will be where I share anything food related, because let's admit it - what is living without eating.
"Do it well, or not at all."