I realize, looking over recent posts, that I assume that the majority of my readers know what is going on in my life, or even what my day-to-day life looks like.Â However, it is difficult for me to gauge my audience these days.Â 6 or 7 years ago, I knew pretty much everyone who read my blog.Â I know that isn’t the case anymore.
My working life AND personal life revolve around the Baha’i Faith.Â I work for the national governing body of the Baha’is in the United States, so I am constantly immersed in the Faith at work…and I LOVE my job.Â Sometimes on lunch breaks I go to the House of Worship to pray and check out the restoration/construction work.
Once a week I try to attend a devotional (prayer) gathering at my friends’ house in Chicago.Â We have a late potluck brunch, prayers, and often spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying everyone’s company.Â There is usually some kind of music/singing, too!Â I haven’t had a lot of time to attend over the summer, unfortunately.
During the summer a small group of friends gathered for a Baha’i study circle, book 6 in the Ruhi sequence, which is about refining our inner lives, learning, and teaching the Baha’i Faith.Â The great thing about study circles in the Baha’i context is that the facilitator is not at a higher level than the rest of the group…we’re really all learning together!Â We just finished it last week.
In August I hosted a 3 night study on the Ridvan Message from the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Baha’is of the world.Â Baha’is from my local community came to my home to read and discuss.Â It gave me an opportunity to get to know the people in my community, and we ate really well.
I also participate in Nineteen Months, which I post about on this blog occasionally, and it has been stretching my photographic skills.Â On September 13 I modeled and shot photos as a last minute favor for some friends, which was super fun and I wish I had the opportunity to do it more often.
I also went to a few Baha’i conferences in August and September, which were super fun but then laid me out sick because I didn’t rest or sleep for a couple weeks.Â October was the month of weddings.Â The first weekend was a wedding in NYC, the third weekend was a wedding in Peoria.Â I still haven’t unpacked from either wedding.
Of course, mixed into all of this are friends visiting from out of town, friends moving in and out of Chicago, family gatherings, making plans, reading books, fixing my condo (yes I’m still working on that), baby showers, etc.Â I miss writing about my life, and I’d like to do more of it here.Â Twitter & Facebook are still there, and I utilize them for their purpose, but this is the place that is truly “me” on the internet.
Gotta hand it to you for posts like this with everything else you have going on. My poor blog is dying on the vine. I spend my scant free time on flickr & twitter these days.
Also, good for you for reaching out to your new readers and explaining more about the Faith and what you do. I’m glad to hear you love your job and are happy.
Thanks for all of the comments, George! Knowing how busy YOU are, it means a lot!
It’s not easy keeping a blog updated. Most of us have other involvements besides our blogs, and while I view my blog as my chief artistic expression of myself (along with my DJ’ing), it’s hard to balance it with everything else. Something always gives. Nevertheless, I continue to enjoy your blog and thanks for the update!