Inspiration NieNie

Going along with my previous discussion on blogs... Do you NieNie? I don't know if you've ever noticed the icon I have on the right side of this page declaring, "I read NieNie". I've been reading Stephanie Nielson's blog for years now. Since before her accident (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you will from the video). Sometimes if I need a little pick-me-up, I turn to her. I was so excited today when I discovered that her story was made into a "Mormon Message". I admire her greatly.

Again I reiterate, we all have stories to share. Stories that will inspire others. Or make someone smile.

This is just one fantastic example.

blog shmog.

Blogging has been on my mind lately. With my Communications degree I'm striving toward, I spend a lot of time on the internets (as Pres. Bush would say) doing research and much of that research comes from ordinary people posting their thoughts and experiences on blogs.

I first entered the blog-o-sphere in 2004. I know right, me=blog pioneer. I was a dorky 15 year old and I'll be honest... felt legit. It was www.peg-a-leg-meg.blogspot.com, a name that was coined to me by my sister's ex-boyfriend. Tonight I spent some time perusing that blog... and was pretty embarrassed for myself. Still, I've never been a great journal-writer, so the documentation was nice. I was left wanting to know more about what was going on at that time in my life. Yet, as my infrequent posts can attest, my enthusiasm quickly fizzled out...

I re-entered the blogging world in 2007 when I began college. Again, I was quite sparse in my posts. It was www.megheb1.blogspot.com.

Now we're onto bigger and better things. www.megheb.blogspot.com. You're there. This will probably be mostly for me. I'm fine with that. I still don't feel like much in my life is that interesting. I don't have a cute husband to tell embarrassing stories about, or adorable children to brag about. I don't have advice on how to be crafty with odds and ends around the house.

I just have me. My thoughts. My seemingly mundane experiences. My weird sense of humor. My interests. And above all, my faith. I'm beginning to realize, however, that these things are worthy of discussion and introspection.

And whoever is reading this... yours are too. So grab some munchies and apple juice and get blogging!

I have neither of those things. I just want them. Instead, I'm settling for my roommate's celery (shh) and the rest of my 100% natural peanut butter. Is it still healthy when you consume such a large quantity?

So, yes. I want to blog more. I want to have a virtual documentation of all things Meg. Yet, lately I have gained more of an understanding, nay, a testimony of the importance of recording those things that are deeply personal. Impressions, revelations, personal thoughts and questions and struggles and short-comings, etc. For once, I made a goal and I'm sticking pretty darn close to it. I've been writing in my journal (mostly) every night. And boy has it made a difference. I just wish I'd started this dedication a long, long time ago. Oh well. Today is a new day. For all of us.

Here's a sobering thought by President Spencer W. Kimball:

"Get a notebook, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events."