“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman
Uplifting Anchor began as a place to tell empowering tales of motherhood. It began as a place for me to share my inner musings on the difficulty and joy of carrying the weight of new motherhood around.
Connections were formed with fellow mothers and we blossomed together, spinning words that captured our current places in life.
As I slowly started sharing my experiences of being a military spouse and mother I unknowingly stumbled into a beautiful, unique community that has strengthened my writing and my resolve.
I now know my mission is to encourage the heart of mothers, military spouses, and especially milspouse mothers.
It is no wonder that like a child, this blog has grown over the past eighteen months. I am growing and changing, which means this creative space has to do that with me. The blog is growing, and changing as we wander into 2018. I don’t think you can truly know where you are going next until you reflect about right where you are.
Reflection: Blogging 2017
Looking back, I spent 2017 just trying to keep up. I created content, making it so that the blog was consistent when much of the rest of my life was not. I am not upset about what I created; it has all been a journey. I needed to try new things to find what can continue to stick as I move forward.
I spent August- November catching up on pins for Pinterest and realized that in total, I have published 250 pieces of content for this space. That feels tremendous! I am proud of not just the number, but for the commitment that has entailed.
However as I did the work of updating each post, I was forced to revisit each one in detail. I found that while I’ve added value in some, there was heart missing in others. The pockets of beautiful writing, of the storytelling were revealed, and that is what I started this website to be.
In updating the posts, I could also see my mistakes, and glistening tries that did not quite pan out. I had to force myself to not haphazardly start deleting words and posts! I am keeping them, and working to archive them, knowing that the future goal is clear.
My mission is to complete a set of archives in 2018, in hopes readers can enjoy searching for pieces of work they want to revisit, or discover new gems along the way!
The Future: Blogging 2018 = Storytelling & Collaboration
I’m making 2018 the year of the story.
It does not mean that I will not share an occasional how-to post or 5 greatest lists anymore, but it does mean I’m taking a step back and diving into what feels most authentic to me: writing. Stretching myself to tell stories that encourage and inspire.
It means less is more. You can also expect an exploration into other creative avenues such as video blogging and diving into a current passion: homeschool preschool. This space is meant to grow with me, and grow we must!
I’m also curious to utilize 2018 to collaborate. If there’s anything I’ve learned during 2017 it is that our milspouse community is strong, and willing to lift one another up. We are a force to be reckoned with especially when we work together. That excites me.
Guest Author 2017
I made a goal to submit my writing to other websites, and found a boost of confidence there. You can read the whole story in Dusting off the Keyboard. An excerpt:
“It’s Fear that has kept my writing fingers at bay. Uncertain of what would pour out of me, I might never be “ready”. I forced myself down into a chair this morning. There is a hot cup of coffee billowing next to me. A book glares at me from the living room, one part promise, a smattering of hope, and a tinge of anxiety.
The yellow edged guide is the hefty 96th Annual Writer’s Market 2017. “The most trusted guide to getting published.” Somewhere into the 11 months of writing on Uplifting Anchor, I decided to give myself an added mission. Submit 20 pieces to outside sources this year. Get published by someone other than myself.
Am I really doing this?”
I found the balance of becoming a “writer”- which is that for every piece I create, only some are found interesting enough by others to click accept & publish.
Out of the 22 pieces I created for outside sources this year, I had 18 accepted for publishing. Two of them were heart-filling interviews that make me excited to pursue further interview/collaborations!
What is strangely refreshing is that for every piece I had published by an outside source, it felt good and right. What did not get accepted did not phase me or hurt my artistic feelings. I simply shrugged and hit the keyboard again. I knew that I still loved the story, and I could share it here, in this space. It reminds me of when I used to pound the pavement in the audition circle. Putting on my dancing shoes, putting my hat in the ring for a position, finding out if I was the right “fit”.
It is the same with writing, and it feels like I am doing what I am supposed to in life right now. In 2018 I’m going to work at my main job: serving my family. I am also going to push myself creatively, and keep serving the mothers and military spouses with what I know best: utilizing my own experiences to share stories. May you find this place as one that lifts your heart and wraps you up in a cozy blanket of rest, and a voice that reaches you and speaks to your hearts.
Thank you for being here.