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Rachel Meeks of SmallNotebook.org wrote an e-book last year called Simple Blogging, from which I learned a great deal about the world of professional blogging.  One of her hard and fast rules is, let your audience know what to expect.  If you’re going to stop blogging, let your audience know that you’re taking a break, and when you’ll be back.  And then be sure you’re back by this date.

I broke this rule big time, didn’t I?  Gone for a month with narry a word to let you all know what was happening.  My apologies!  And now I have to break the rule again, because I need to take an indefinite break from blogging for the meantime.

Since college I’ve been nursing pain in my hands, wrists, and forearms from too much computer use – yes folks, ye olde carpal tunnel syndrome.  Right about the time I started back up on my daily blog posts, I also dipped my hand into the world of professional freelance writing.  Great ideas, both, but they couldn’t have come at a worse time as my carpal tunnel kicked into painfully high gear over the last six weeks.  I’m putting my hope in acupuncture treatments and avoidance of all unnecessary computer activity.  I contemplated handwriting this blog post and scanning the papers in for your reading pleasure, but let’s just get through this as best we can, shall we?

Other factors contributed to my long absence: two musical concerts which took up a lot of time; a new job and a long commute, with not much access to the internet; and a whole lot of soul-searching as I sit with some big questions about my personal and professional future.  Ah, just when I thought I had it figured out!  What a silly notion.

I really appreciate all of you who have enjoyed this blog over time, and I hope I can come back to it on a fairly regular basis, but for now please expect posts to be sporadic at best.  There’s a ton of past content to click through, and you are welcome to continue leaving your thoughtful and thought-provoking comments – I love the conversations!  And thanks, everyone, for understanding.

Bloggers: have you ever had to step back from your blogging commitments?  What worked for you?

Me!  A friend from the blogosphere, Genevieve, awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award last week.  Isn’t it pretty?

This reminded me that my mom, also a rockin’ blogger, awarded me the same honor a few months ago, and I forgot to thank her properly.  So thanks to both of you lovely women!

The Versatile Blogger Award requires me to share 7 facts about myself, and shout out to 15 bloggers who make my blogosphere a little bit brighter.  Are you ready?

First…7 Things About Me

1. I got the musical theatre bug in the 9th grade, and I got it BAD.  It was my first great passion, and one that stays with me almost 25 (wow…yeah, 25) years later.  I love to sing just about anywhere, but most especially in the car while driving. There’s something about speeding along at #$ mph while belting out my favorite MichaelJohn LaChiusa tunes at the top of my lungs.

2. Since it’s musical theatre, I act while singing.  I act real hard in the car.  Risky at stoplights, but totally worth it.

3. This weekend I had a wonderful conversation with someone I’d known for about six hours.  She recently began training in Reiki, and talking with her reconnected me to how much I loved the Reiki training I received several years ago.  I spent a year studying and practicing, and eventually earned Reiki Master status…and then, over time, I moved on to other interests and passions, until I had nearly forgotten how much I loved this subtle art.  Maybe it’s time to touch into that part of me again.

4. My favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park.  I have fantasies that I’ll move there in my retirement and work as a trail maintenance worker, or maybe leading hikes up to Mirror Lake in the crisp fall mornings.

5. I haven’t worn a pair of shorts in 12 years.  True story.

6. I’ve been a spiritual seeker my whole adult life, checking out services and classes in just about every religious tradition.  I always wanted to find a spiritual home, but never felt comfortable anywhere, so remained basically a solitary spiritualist.  But in the last couple of months I’ve been attending unprogrammed Quaker meetings, and like Goldilocks, it finally feels just right.  I might have found my spiritual home.

7. I wasn’t sure I would share #6, but I’m glad I did.

Second…15 Awesome Bloggers

1. Small Notebook

2. Pink Coyote

3. Holistic Mama

4. Cheeseslave

5. Nourishing Days

6. Nesting Place

7. The First Gates

8. SouleMama

9. Simple Mom (and its sister sites – see the tabs at the top of the homepage)

10. Tiny Buddha

11. The Debt-Free Family

12. chicken tender

13. Modish

14. Rowdy Kittens

15. Wisdom Heart

There you go!  I highly encourage you to spend the next hour clicking through all these blogs and enjoying great content from all across the blogosphere.  And don’t forget to check out Genevieve‘s and my mom‘s blogs, too.  BlogLove!

Yes, it’s my 200th post today!  You might have noticed that I didn’t post on Saturday – it was so this post wouldn’t be a Visual Sunday edition, but one where I could say HEY!  It’s my 200th post!! In honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought I’d quick-share with you some of my favorite posts over the last year.  Thanks to all of you who have visited and who keep coming back!

Favorite Nourishing Foods post: How I Met the Rock Star of the Raw Milk Revolution

Favorite Wandernest post: 76 DAYS IN EUROPE – Day 71: Missing the Boat

Favorite Keeping a Simple Home post: A Dining Room Table

Favorite Living On Purpose post: Become Attached to Your Stuff

Favorite Nourishing Creativity post: 76 DAYS IN EUROPE – Days 22 & 23: Creative Habit-Making

Favorite picture: Flying

As for the rest…well, feel free to click around and see what you find!

Do you have a personal favorite post on Maggie’s Nest?  If there’s one that really sticks out for you, I’d love to hear about it here!  If I don’t hear, I’ll just assume that you all. love. them. all.  🙂

Wow, it’s amazing what a few days away can do.  Thanks everyone, for your support and patience.  I’m back after a few days of dealing with some unexpected stressors, and today I’m feeling immense gratitude for the opportunity to be vulnerable, and to need help from others.  I don’t allow myself to be in that situation very often, preferring to be self-reliant in all possible ways – which is really an illusion, in the end.  “No man is an island,” as Hugh Grant so poignantly found out in About a Boy (one of my favorite films); “you need a back-up,” the boy Marcus discovered in that same movie, and he really was right.   Read the rest of this entry »

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As some of you know. Maggie’s Nest started out as a personal blog where I could share my daily thoughts with family and friends.  Earlier this year, starting my fourth year of blogging, I wanted to reach a wider audience and share my passion for living a meaningful life through real food, simple homekeeping, nurturing creativity, and other ways that have become important in my own life.

Well, the Universe listened!  In the last three months more of you have been visiting Maggie’s Nest than ever before – thanks to a little love from Nourished Kitchen last Thursday, this site had ten times its normal daily traffic!  And since then, almost twice the usual daily traffic.  I am so grateful for all who visit, contribute, and return.

So now I’d like to get some feedback from you.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey – only seven questions – so I can continue to develop a site that resonates, enriches, and serves the people who it’s for: you!

As an incentive, I’m doing my very first giveaway!  Leave a comment on this page after you’ve taken the survey, and on Sunday, April 3rd I’ll randomly choose one commenter to receive a copy of Nina Planck’s excellent book, Real Food: What to Eat and Why.  It’s my favorite introduction to the real food revolution, and I’m honored to give it away to one lucky reader.  To enter, all you have to do is complete the survey and then leave a comment saying that you’ve done so.  Thanks in advance for your help!

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Sorry to be a day late with my post – jetlag has been more ferocious than expected!  I thought it would be nice to ease back into the Nest with a little photo essay of my favorite corners of home. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo courtesy of ollesvensson and Creative Commons licensing.

Today’s post is a shout-out to an old high school friend who is doing something daring and amazing: a personal bid to raise $1,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, “a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives”.   Read the rest of this entry »

The air has been warming up here in Korea, and I’ve even been able to walk around during the day without a coat or hat – ah, sweet freedom!  And then, this morning, I saw this:

 

Well, I didn’t see this, exactly… Read the rest of this entry »

Tonight I imported the contents of my first blog into this one.  Did you know I’ve been blogging on and off since February 2007?  Me neither!  It’s kind of fun to read back through old posts…well, some more fun than others.  My first blog inadvertently chronicled a break-up and a new relationship, and there are lessons there.  But I also found it interesting to read my very first blog post ever – and to see myself spiraling over the same territory again and again.  Each time though, hopefully from a little further up the mountain.

Wandernest is going through an evolution.  Well, I should really say that I am going through an evolution, and this blog is chronicling it as I go.  Korea will be my last faraway trip for the foreseeable future, and even while I’m enjoying the hell out of this country, inside I am all about HOME.  Home.  Family.  Cleaning.  Cooking.  Knitting.  Gardening.  Loving.  Connecting.  Simplifying.  Have – you – noticed?

I say it every once in a while and I’ll repeat it now: thanks so much for the time you’ve spent with me here, and joining in the conversation with me.  I hope you’ll find the continuing journey interesting – we’ll find out together where it leads!

County Donegal, Ireland.  October 2010.

2011 is inspiring me left and right, and now I’ve really gone and stepped in it.  “It” being the WordPress Post-A-Day Challenge.  I loved the challenge of posting (almost) daily while overseas, and one of my current goals is to establish a daily writing practice.  I’ve decided I want to blog more this year as well.  Boom!  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011.

Now, you probably know me a little bit by now, and you know that I hit on jags that sometimes last months, weeks, or mere days.  So I know this challenge won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.  You’d be surprised how much that stuff helps.

Here’s to a blogful 2011!

P.S.  A new year deserves a new look, don’t you think?

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