wears plaid suit on royal pains showEvery few months I get an urge to tweak and futz about with the design of Creating Motherhood. It’s seasonal. I seem to feel the urge more strongly in conference season because I like to pretend that new people will show up and I will need to have a spruced up place. Yes, I just equated blog design with dusting.

I am pretty content with the layout of my site. I am a memoir style blogger (finally owning that nicheless niche) and whatever gets the focus on words works the best for me. I prefer a wide content column and a sidebar column that is direct. I don’t want people hunting around my site for a way to connect beyond my posts. Want to know who I am? Want to know how to email me? Want to know other places to connect? All of that is right over there.

What was missing was plaid. I was phoning it in. This look puts it more boldly out there. It is unapologetic PLAID!

Plaid is a personal metaphor for my life. You’ve heard the song Tapestry by Carol King, right?

My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever changing view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold

For me, plaid is my life tapestry. It is a moment crossing over another moment, long and short, forming a pattern. Sometimes my day is a vibrant plaid with bold stripes and colors, other days my plaid is muted and soft, a whisper. No matter what chaos I am wading through I can usually find the common life thread.

The big threads of my life:

• surrendering control
• not letting feelings rule my choices
• apologizing (as in I can’t seem to stop doing it. Sorry.)
• kindness at any cost
• finding connections through empathy

I love plaid. (but you knew this about me)
{and yes, you may now also show your love of plaid with a snazzy new ‘I heart plaid’ button}

Surely I am not alone with searching for meaning within the visual world. But I have no idea what pattern or shape or style defines you.

What is the pattern of your life?

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