My timeline of events leading to my desire for blogging and photography.
At the wee age of about 8 I lived in New Hampshire surrounded by woods with lady slippers and acorn hats where I snuck off to and dreamt of gnomes and fairies. My love for wildlife and nature came alive then.
1972 - My brother got my interest in photography when he had his on 'darkroom' in our double wide trailer we lived in at the top of a hill in Arkansas.
1975 through 1990 - I had three awesome children that brought the creative need to try to capture their lives as they insisted on growing up so quickly
1976 - Spent six weeks in France and Germany seeing Europe, capturing another culture of the world that fascinated me.
1990s - Into camping and hiking and outdoor travels and adventures with the kids which really stirred my desire for seeing more of the world immediately around me.
2000 to 2003 I lost a dad, a stepdad and a sister, throw on top a divorce, and changed jobs to a managing a garden center. Here I shared my love for gardening and began living my passion for writing as I wrote the garden center monthly newsletter.
2002 - My daughter's passion for photography got my interest up again and I purchased a new Canon film SLR and searched for classes to take.
2004 - moved to Wisconsin and a camera goes with me everywhere now. Have started several different blogs just to have a job get in the way of the creative juices. Joined a couple photography clubs and live and dream even more now of being a travel photographer/writer.
2007 - My first granddaughter was born and my daughter started doing photography books to share their lives with her loved ones.
2008 - Bought my Nikon D90.
2010 - started writing articles for Examiner.com but I so love the blogging much more. Too many constraints, rules, regulations that squashed my 'style' I guess you could say.
2012 - Discovered Texas Chics and Kim Klassen and retirement sounds more and more like it needs to be moved up so I can begin the next chapter of my creative life.
All of these things keep bringing me back to the gut wrenching passion for writing, traveling, nature/wildlife and photography that some part of myself tells me I should be doing much more than I am.