What touches your soul?

I’m not writing a lot here these days. I’ve taken up temporary residence in my head. And when I’m not living there I’m with my family and friends or outside enjoying some much longed for sun.

This blogging thing began as an experiment. I did it on a dare and it’s grown on me. This interesting, always changing place where I put out my thoughts and change my mind a thousand times and where I get to put a part of myself out there that I rarely see. I wanted to tap into another side of me that doesn’t get out much – the side that has thoughts that go ‘round and ‘round but never have a place to reside.

While I doubt what I’m doing here sometimes, and wonder if it’s completely crazy to journal to the rapidly evolving world wide web, my brain has a resting place.

I’ve been asking myself what touches my soul. What opens up my world? What challenges me?

I’m asking you guys the same questions. You guys – who have made this blogging thing so worthwhile. I would love to hear your answers.

Swept Up


In Mozart Bakery & Cafe
They make beautiful cakes, but it isn’t cake that I eat when I visit. And I visit often. I’ll get a maple swirl scone or a chocolate peanut butter bar or lemon cranberry shortbread. You know how I love all things made with lemon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now then you’ll know my deep love or obsession…whatever you want to call it…with baked goods. These guys completely indulge my love of baked goods. It’s in Walnut Grove next to Clancy’s and it is my new addiction.

13 thoughts on “What touches your soul?

  1. Linda Sue

    Heidi! Ciao bella! Just about EVERYTHING opens up my spirit and soul-core, whatever that bit of connectedness to all is… I have to temper it all because enthusiasm just takes me away- I am all goofy with this life! When i feel like stephen hawking before his illness- all depressed about the limitations of this plane of existance, I usually take an “I don’t care” pill (prozac) and ride it out- then the smallest thing will set me right again- like one of your posts or a thoughtful comment or a piece of art work, unpretentious- from a more spontaneous happy burst of life. When i begin to take things too seriously I fail. I try not to do that….

  2. maggie, dammit

    I think it’s that when I need people, they come. It’s hard to ask this of people in real life, hard to let the world know that you just need to be remembered for a minute. Blogging does that for me.

  3. Chris

    I think I agree with Linda Sue. Anything and everything opens up my world and challenges me. It changes according to my current state of mind, what’s going on around me, what I’m learning (or teaching), and what new and wonderful things I’m experiencing.

  4. dawn

    love, light, and life. these all open my soul. but i’m trying to figure out what feeds it. does that make sense? i guess what i’m trying to say is that i’m having a hard time meshing the two like you seem to be struggling with? the opening up and the feeding and care of….
    i’m struggling with the blog these days as well. i’m trying to re-commit to it lately, but i find that i’m drawn to other things or that i may just need to be in my head for a while like you. we’ll help each other along with this, no? xo

  5. Caroline

    Honestly? All the little things! A cool breeze on a hot day, children laughing, a great piece of chocolate, a wonderful book, family and friends that love you, and so much more…

  6. Heidi

    linda sue, how i’ve missed you!! i’m so glad you’re back!

    you really have a beautiful way of looking at the world. you give my world a unique perspective and i’m grateful.

    maggie, there is definitely a more immediate response when there’s a blog in place and words are right at our fingertips.

    “…just need to be remembered for a minute”…i like that. 🙂

    chris, i believe it. you strike me as someone who really lives life and doesn’t back down easily.

    dawn, oh, i hear you, friend. i always love what you have to say – here and on your blog. it’s inspiring and thought provoking.

    yes, yes! we’ll journey it together.

    caroline, there is nothing, NOTHING better than the sound of my kids laughing. yup. i’m with you on all of the above. chocolate, books, all of it.

  7. kendalee

    Thought-provoking questions, Heidi. What touches my soul is connection, compassion and kindness. All of which I've experienced through blogging, although I never anticipated I would find it here. And I like having a space that I am committed to (although with no pressure around how regularly I need to put in an appearance), where I can capture & explore thoughts and feelings and that keeps me from retreating into my head too often, or for too long. This process challenges me because it keeps me looking at myself, my life, my world, unable to hide. For me that's a good thing but it isn't always easy. I also really appreciate that I encounter like-minded people out here. People who often provide the perspective I'm unable to find when I whirl around in circles in my own mind… Or at least let me know that I'm not on this journey alone. 🙂

  8. curious girl (lisa)

    every year that goes by I find I am more and more touched by simple everyday things…sunshine, birdsong, a perfect tomato. I am challenged to stretch and risk and continue to evolve, to not stand still. and sometimes to stand still.

  9. you gotta wonder

    Great questions, Heidi. My work is very demanding, and it certainly challenges me – but I don’t think it challenges my soul or opens my world. I started studying the Bible (really digging into it) about a year ago and this is by far the most mind-blowing, soul expanding stimulous in my world today. Applying what I’m learning in my social network (particularly my on-line social network) has been tremendously rewarding.

  10. Heidi

    kendalee, yes, yes! to everything you said. you summed it – blogging, challenges, what reaches you – perfectly.

    lisa, “to not stand still. and sometimes to stand still.” me too. i need to know when to do this too.

    ygw, the bible offers up all sorts of interesting, incredible, beautiful things and truths without a doubt.

  11. Suz Broughton

    I thought I saw a “Dear Readers” post coming.

    Blogging has become a place for me to dump out all the things that used to swirl around inside my head endlessly, making me crazy–panicy. It has made all the difference to me.

    I know you’ve been going through a dry spell, but it will come…it’s there.

  12. Heidi

    me too, suz, with the thoughts that swirl and need a place to breathe. i get that.

    it’s in there somewhere…i can feel it. 🙂

  13. Christy

    I'm a little late to this game, but my daughter. Honestly, she lights up my life like nobody's business. I had no idea how differently I would see the world upon bearing a child. It's the most life changing experience of my life, thus far!

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