Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Liz from Happy Sighs

Liz's blog, Happy Sighs, is one of the first ones I ever started reading, after she moderated APW for a week or so maybe four years ago. (Like Beth, she had a seriously gorgeous wedding.)  I fell totally in love with her words, which are wise beyond her years, and her beautiful paintings.  Even though I only met her once, very briefly at the APW book signing a few years ago, I feel like I know her really well through her writing, and I hope you will too! 

Liz and her adorable son!

Who are you? I'm Liz! I live just outside of Philly with my husband, toddler son and my cat Salvador.

Where can you be found online?  Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work?  If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation?  Happy Sighs is probably the most inappropriately named blog on the internet. It's less of a fluffy, bright blog and more of a place where I rant. That's appealing, right?

What inspired you to start writing/blogging?  When did it happen? I've always written snippets of things here and there, but like everyone, started blogging when I was planning my wedding. I think I was just looking for a way to organize my thoughts, but ended up finding a community of kindred spirits.

Why do you write? My life has always happened in cycles. Maybe I just don't learn my lessons the first time around or something, but writing about things that I experience seems to bear weight when I experience those same things over again later. Learning from history, I guess. I also find that finding a way to put words to something indescribable makes that something easier to handle. When I was having a baby, it felt overwhelming in a lot of ways that I couldn't articulate until I really tried. And once I put those emotions into words and had a way to refer to them, they made more sense to me in general. Then, you add in the community aspect of blogging- the fact that people are going to read and commiserate and say, "I sometimes feel that specific hard to describe thing too!" and it all makes the big things seem a lot more manageable, in very good ways.

Your writing inspires me.  Who inspires you?
  When I'm stuck with nothing to say (or a lot to say, and no words to say it), I like to read Another Damn Life, Kind of a Mess and Ohio on Purpose.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Italy. I've always imagined going to Italy. Also, I like to eat.

What is your favorite place on earth? My back step. We don't have a backyard or anything. But our little cement stoop is beneath this tree that turns a really pretty red, and the sunlight coming through the leaves is just perfect.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I'm just so excited to be included in this! Thank you, Kristin!

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