Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reasons (See Jane Reflect)

reflection

I generally don't delve that deep into my personal life as I like to keep things light here on the blog.  However, as I realize that I've been doing this for just a few weeks over a year now, my mind wanders back to that time when I started this blog.  It began on a whim when I was home visiting my parents for the weekend when my sister was asking for help in buying a new purse and I thought I'd start documenting events such as that, along with other aspects of life I was interested in, such as fashion, food, travel--anything.

I spent a lot of weekends at my parents house throughout 2010 as my dad became ill and I frequented home as much as I could.  I started the blog not really knowing what I wanted to emerge from it, thus, I didn't talk about it much with others.  I treated it as a way for me to channel the little creative energy I had and also to decompress from work and escape the worries that swirled around in my head throughout the day.  I continued on writing it, ultimately, because I knew that my parents enjoyed reading it--specifically my dad, while he was stuck at home all day, not feeling well.  When we'd chat on the phone and he'd give the usual, parental words of encouragement, one time he ended with, "seriously, you're good at this and it's fun to read.  You should keep at it."

Now here we are, well into 2011, where my dad is in remission and I'm still blogging.  If you would have told me in late 2009 what the months ahead would bring, I would have broken down and never left the house.  It's true that we'll never know what the world has in store for us and as with all things in life, we must keep at it.  Or so my dad says.

Thanks so much for reading.

43 comments

  1. Thanks for all the posts Jane - I love reading your blog and get so much inspiration from your fashion and cooking posts :)

    So glad your Dad is in remission and great that you were able to use one of your talents to cheer him up when he was going through a tough time.

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  2. Thanks for writing!!!! A lot of my super close friends don't even know about mine - sounds like your reason for starting is similar to mine. I blog for me - which sounds to be the same. I am glad you blog bc I got to meet you!

    So nice to hear your Dad is doing well....isn't parental support the best??? Your Dad sounds like a strong amazing man! Do you get the texts or calls wondering why you didn't do a post one day, like me?

    XXOO- Happy Hump Day! T

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  3. Great post! I know exactly what you mean about having a little place to decompress. My friends know I have a blog, but they don't know what it is. It's kind of funny but my blog feels like my own quiet space.

    I'm so happy to hear your dad is doing much better, that's fabulous news! Life has a funny way of throwing us curveballs, doesn't it?

    I agree with your Dad that you've got a great thing going here so keep on blogging!

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  4. i love this post. so transparent. it is great news to hear that your dad is in remission. i rejoice with you! and i agree with your dad... keep on writing, you are inspiring.

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  5. This is beautiful. I am so happy that your dad is currently in remission and I hope that it always stays that way. Life can be a crazy and wild ride but there is always a reason for everything. You are amazing at what you do here...on the blog and you best keep at it girlfriend :)

    xo Lynzy

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  6. You Dad sounds amazing and I am glad he is in remission. I think the admiration of a dad is something on can not forget. I'm glad you kept at it, I think documenting is such an incredible thing.
    Amber's Notebook

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  7. Aw, this post put tears to my eyes (i'm a mush!) and I was thinking of one of my favorite pictures that I've seen on your blog: the one of you and your father. So glad to hear he's in remission!

    Thanks for making me realize that the stuff that was annoying me this morning was petty bs.

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  8. So wonderful to hear that your dad is in remission. Wishing him the best.

    I agree, blogging is the best outlet and is very theraputic. At the end of a long day I find that this really does help ease my stress.

    LOVE your blog keep up the great work :)

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  9. So glad to hear that your dad is doing well. I am glad you've kept at it, I love reading your blog!

    xo L.

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  10. This is so true, we never know what life will give us so we need to live to the fullest! I'm so glad your dad is in remission, thats great!! :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  11. this is the best thing you have ever written.

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  12. This was such an inspiring post to start my day with....I love how your dad encourages you to keep going, there's nothing better than support from your family. So glad to hear he is doing well...hope you have a good day Anna!

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  13. Your Dad sounds very sweet and I'm glad to hear he is in remission. I think blogging is a great outlet too, I think we all have a special connection to them for one reason or another.
    I love your posts!

    Miranda
    www.indcfashion.com

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  14. Beautiful, Anna. Lots of health and happiness to your family. Keep up the great work!
    Xox

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  15. That's such a touching post, Anna. So glad you and your family are doing well, and that you're still blogging. You not only brighten your father's days, but also many a readers! Sending a hug!

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  16. Anna! I don't think we have seen eachother or chatted since good ol' high school when I was tagging along with Betsy to hang out with her friends, but I must say that I have become an avid reader of your blog and I love it! It has pretty much become my morning routine to look at your blog and then browse your other recommended blogs. :) Thanks for blogging and making my mornings enjoyable!

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  17. Oh, and I don't think that post says who I am so I will sign now...

    - Lindsey (Skidmore) Mahoney

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  18. I'm glad to hear your Dad is in remission, I can't imagine how hard it's been for you. I'm glad you kept up with your blog because I enjoy reading it every day : )

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  19. Aww this literally brought tears to my eyes. So glad to hear your Dad is in remission. It's really amazing how inspiring the blog world is and I'm so glad you've kept it up. Always one of my favorite daily reads ;)

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  20. That was a beautiful post. So happy to hear that you dad is in remission. I really enjoy your blog and you are great at it. I can't wait to read/ see more on your blog in the future.

    www.fashionablecollections.blogspot.com

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  21. Awwww. What a great post! So glad to hear your dad is in remission. And he is right-you really are good at this blogging thing! Your blog is one of my favorite daily reads-keep up the good work!

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  22. Beautiful post. And the last part "It's true that we'll never know what the world has in store for us and as with all things in life, we must keep at it. Or so my dad says"
    is sooooo true.
    Thanks for sharing such a personal story.

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  23. That's great to hear that your dad's doing well and in remission, Anna! What a stressful year your family had. I started my blog for similar reasons- to escape the stress and worries of everyday life and it works! And my parents read my blog every day too, it's definitely an incentive to keep it up.

    xo
    Valerie

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  24. Miss Anna Jane, it sounds like you're one very lucky girl. It's so fantastic to hear that your dad is doing well and is in remission, and he's clearly one of your biggest fans, which is so great. This is so beautiful... And I loved reading a bit about why you started blogging.
    xo Josie

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  25. Hi! I'm a new reader to you blog and i'm so happy i stumbled upon it. I think its great that you started a blog as a way to fuel your creativity. Keep it up!

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  26. Beautiful news in a beautiful post! I'm really glad to see your dad's getting better!

    x

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  27. this is such an endearing post. i hope your father will continuously do well. ♥

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  28. I'm fairly new to your blog, but I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm glad your dad encouraged you :-)

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  29. Your dad is right! You are really good at this and should keep it up. I am so happy your father is well. P.S. I love your work "uniform" Thanks for the lovely comment!

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  30. Thank you for sharing this part of your life to us.

    I don't what it is that keeps me blogging. I have my ups and downs, family obligations left and right, and sometimes, I wonder if growing up is really what it's cracked up to be. But then I realize it's the perfect way to channel my energy and to get my feelings and thoughts out there, even if it means 1000 people or no one is reading my site.

    You have an incredible gift of writing and sharing your insights with the online world. Thank you for keeping us a part of yours!

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  31. Anna, your words are beautiful here, even more touching because they are so real to you and your experiences. I follow your blog for your style and that you are a fashionista like me, but now I see that you are a great writer I am glad that you are blogging. My blog is important to me too. I know what you mean about feeling better after writing on your blog and not having to worry too much about the things in life that we have no control over. Thank you for sharing your ideas with your readers and your personal moments with your Dad.

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  32. Thanks Jane for sharing this personal journey with us, glad you kept up with blogging. Glad your dad is in remission now, I know how terrifying it is when a loved one is sick.

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  33. I love reading your blog. I'm so glad your father is doing better!
    www.poolovesboo.blogspot.com

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  34. hi!! i just discovered your blog.. and i'm totally obsessed with it.. i love your OOTD's and i love oogling your bags and shoes!! you've got amazing style..

    i'm a new follower and would love for you to visit and follow me too!!

    ps. i hope your dad is feeling better :)

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  35. Best well wishes to your dad, I hope it's all going in the right direction. Love your blog as well, thanks for sharing..xx V

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  36. Thank you for giving such great writing and photos.
    I love your blog and I am so glad I found it.
    Keep on blogging, I love it.

    BTW, I am so glad to hear your dad in in remission.

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  37. your dad is right sweetie...keep up the good work!
    <3 Cara
    Lilac and Grey

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  38. This was lovely, thank you for sharing. It is amazing sometimes to look at only a year and think to yourself "If someone would have told me this is where I'd be in a year, I would never have believed them" - I am very, very glad you are still blogging, and also very, very glad to hear your dad is doing well. xo.

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  39. Thanks for writing, getting personal is hard, but that's what the community of blogging is all about: sharing/connecting based on personal experiences. Your blog is one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own. Your see jane concept is fantastic and i look forward to every post!

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  40. Your blog is a great spot for daily inspiration and I always enjoy it, from food posts to fashion. I can see why you're dad has also enjoyed it so.
    What a time for reflection as well as a time to rejoice for your dad being in remission.

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  41. I am so glad your blog has been a positive outlet for you as it is certainly a positive part of your readers' days.
    So happy your dad is getting better! Keep on smiling!

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  42. I'm so glad your dad is in remission! My dad passed away from cancer 8 years ago and I remember those dark days so clearly. I really commend you for being so strong and also for sharing yourself with him through the blog.
    xoxo Lauren
    http://happylifeinnyc.blogspot.com/

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  43. Wow, it's great that you started blogging to channel your emotions and creativity into something productive. You are great at this and it's great that you were there for your dad at home and through the blog.

    <3 <3 <3 Kara
    http://sprinklesinsprings.blogspot.com/

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