As a little girl growing up in the Midwest, I was teased that my the nickname was ‘Big Ears,’ because I loved to eavesdrop on the grown-up’s conversations. I could hear a tidbit of conversation from a different room (with my ‘Big Ears’) and I would sneak over to hear more. I made for a terrible eavesdropper, I always chimed in with a question (usually asking for clarification on a detail) and made my presence known. Every. Single. Time. It didn’t matter what the adults were talking about, I always thought their stories were juicy and the details were fun.
And details are exactly my kind of fun. Even now, as a grown-up in New York City, my friends roll their eyes and laugh each time I insist I will be telling the “short version” of a story. They know and I know, that with me, there is no such thing as a “short version” of a story. What can I say?!?! I love to make my listeners feel like they were in the room as the story was unfolding.
My love for the details has led to my love of writing and creating. Since I was a little girl, I’ve devoured books and daydreamed about becoming an author. I have taken one small step in that direction: I participated in NaNoWriMo twice. NaNoWriMo is a writing competition where you challenge yourself to write the first draft of a novel in thirty days. I’m in the process of slowly (very very slowly) editing my second book: a story about teenagers at sleepaway camp. The first book is still on vacation on my hard drive.
Somewhere in the process of writing two NaNoWriMo novels, I feel in love with reading blogs. I loved checking in again to see what that author had to say next, or what craft they had created, or how they were combining patterns to make the next fashion statement.
And then the A-Ha moment happened. I realized that I wanted to author and create my own blog. A place to collect all the fun details of life that I love so much: be it reading, decorating, fashioning, organizing, creating, listening, comforting, thought-provoking, learning, celebrating or laughing. The lightbulb clicked on and Likes to Smile was born on February 24, 2013.
While I would still like to author a book some day, I am having a blast using my spare time to create blog posts. (I spend my days working in television.) My goal for Likes to Smile is that it becomes a place for a great coffee break — the kind where you spend five minutes engaging in details that will bring a smile to your face.
Likes to Smile is published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As my blog grows, and hopefully becomes profitable, I hope to publish five days a week. For now, it’s all about the baby steps and being realistic about the pace that I can maintain.
And you — thank you for reading. The sheer fact that you’ve read the posts I’ve created is heartwarming and has brought many smiles to my face.
Until next time!