First Anniversary: A Milestone

by | Feb 23, 2010 | Personal

Last week, while I was sick at home for two days, I realized that Thursday marked the one year anniversary since Lisa and I started Of Sound Mind and Spirit. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a whole year.

Writing a blog has been a real learning experience for both of us and provided us with new and interesting opportunities. For the first few months we worked to find our voices. When I look back at our early posts I remember how we struggled occasionally to keep the message positive, faith-based, and on point.

The catalyst for change occurred in June, when we attended the Catholic New Media Celebration and met many other Catholic bloggers and podcasters using the web to express our common faith. The experience opened our eyes to how much we’d been growing in our faith over the past two or three years, and as a result of the CNMC, we began to write more with our faith in mind.

And now, a confession.

Blogging every day often feels like a job, but it’s not my full time job. And I know Lisa stays really busy taking care of her family. So if we miss writing a day or two each week, please understand. We’re writing what we’re passionate about and other various experiences. I would rather be struck with a great idea to share with you than feel forced to put up a post every day.

I’ll admit I think about writing in everything I do. I wake up in the morning thinking of topics. I jot down notes and start posts at odd times of the day (even during Mass), only to find myself desperately searching for the time to carefully choose my words and craft a well-written post. I wonder if I might be a better editor than writer, because I really enjoy it when Lisa sends me her musings and I tweak them for her.

What do we hope to write during the next year of Sound Mind and Spirit? We want to continue developing our voice and sharing news as we see it. We plan to continue reviewing a wide variety of the books we read, share those little moments where we hear God speaking to us, and reflect on our differing perspectives as mothers and sisters.

We also want to say thank you to everyone who reads what we write here. We invite you to continue to leave us feedback and let us know how we’re doing. It’s a real blessing to have company along on the journey.


Shelly Henley Kelly