This has been a whirlwind week with meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for three different groups I am involved with. While at first glance the three activities appear to be different, in my life they inner-mix and blend so that each has a connection with the other. If this happens in my life, it most likely occurs in the lives of everyone.
The family history group’s main focus is genealogy. I am a member of the board and also newsletter editor of Blue Water Family Backgrounds. As newsletter editor I spend time reading old articles and books for inclusion in the newsletter or as research for articles I am writing. I also take photographs of historical sites and activities the club does for the newsletter. My involvement in the club is what led to me writing the column Who Am I? for The Lakeshore Guardian. The column provides readers information on doing family research.
In addition to the writing the genealogy column and serving as newsletter editor for the history group, I am working on a book regarding my family’s involvement with Child Protective Services, foster care and my husband’s and my attempt to adopt our granddaughters. This is an ongoing battle which has not yet ended. I am learning the battles we have encountered are a huge and common problem across the country. As a result of my writing activities I began attending a Freelance Writer’s Group. The Freelance Writer’s Group is the reason I began this blog. I learned that writers/authors typically have blogs so readers can get to know them and their writing style. Each blog I write is accompanied by a photograph taken by either me or my husband, another interest and activity.
My husband and I have a photography business, Times Gone By Photography and are members of the Blue Water Shutterbug Club. We take photographs of nature, events, and travel and have them available for sale at local art studios and on Fine Art America. We photograph art shows and opening events for Studio 1219 in Port Huron, Michigan for which I write a promotional clip that we post with our photographs on the Studio’s Facebook page. Our photographs have also appeared in an annual vacation magazine for the Blue Water area and a photo taken by me is currently on the cover of the local yellow pages phone book. Photography also is important to my scrapbooking hobby.
Scrapbooking ties in with genealogy. I have a scrapbook of historical family photos and scrapbooking itself involves the recording of family events for future generations. In addition to that I do an annual Christmas newsletter for family and friends and have saved copies of each for close to thirty years, a written history of our family and our children’s lives growing up.
All of these interests — family history, freelance writing, and photography tie together in a unique blend, mixing together and supporting each other in my life. Just as my lifestyle is a melting pot of various activities that swirl and blend together, yours most likely is as well. When life seems to be a jumbled mess of meetings, activities, and work take a look at what you are doing and how they inner relate to each other. Stir up the blend and enjoy the results, because after all, Life is a Melting Pot.