I have been blogging at Mental Mosaic since March 9th (my birthday) of 2007. I chose the name “Mental Mosaic” because I didn’t want to limit my blog topics.
I also love mosaics, both figuratively and literally. I like the idea of taking one’s pieces and rearranging them into something new and even beautiful. That’s why my first tagline was:
Pick up your pieces; Make something pretty.
Life can shatter a person in so many ways. It’s what we do with ourselves afterwards that matters.
I like that idea, don’t you?
Rght away, this blog connected me to some really cool people I might never have met any other way: Sheila, Elizabeth, Jyllian and Michelle to name a few. I love all the beauty and insight that they bring to my life!
When I moved to Italy, Mental Mosaic became more travel-oriented. Naples is a fascinating place, and there was a lot to blog about. I connected with some cool expats, which made my work-at-home existence much more fun and kept me feeling connected. I worked as a transcriptionist (‘cuz I type like a mo-fo), but slowly began doing more and more travel writing, until last year, when writing became my primary moneystream.
A lot has happened since my baby blog was born. I am back in the states now, living in Texas with my fiance for one thing, and now I write for a living. I recently gave Mental Mosaic a makeover and have been tweaking ideas for a new tagline. So far, I like:
Mindful Travel: Even Home is a Travel Destination.
What do you think?
This still gives me leeway for many different topics, but fits well with my interests, which boil down to strategies for enjoying the ride while traveling through life. I truly feel that even home is a travel destination. As I wrote on my contact/bio page:
After all, if the thrill of travel consisted merely of getting from one place to another, no one would ever complain about their commute, would they?
For 2011, I plan to blog 3 times a week at Mental Mosaic, as well as adding interviews and guest posts from other bloggers and cool people I’ve met offline. I plan to devote more time to this blog, to tend it like a garden.
Mental Mosaic is about travel, but in a broad sense. I am currently working on 2 other sites that directly hone in on specific geographical areas (Texas and Italy – not too surprisingly!) in a more literal sense, explaining what to see and do.
Mental Mosaic, however, is a place for the internal side of travel. You know how, after a trip, you sometimes need time to process everything you experienced? This site is about the processing part of one’s travels through life, whether across several time zones, or merely across town.
At times, too, I will post articles about travel tips in a literal sense. At other times, the connection to travel will be more Zen. I also have a deep love of both the absurd and the profound, and am often profoundly absurd. In other words, I am a goofball at heart, so this blog is also an outlet for me to showcase the absurdities of human existence whenever possible. I’m not sure why I sound so serious about it. It’s like when you are at a social gathering and suddenly you don’t know what to do with your hands. Ask anyone who knows me. I love to laugh, snicker, chortle and guffaw.
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