Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What it all means (or the title anyway)

This morning I was reading Beth over on Be Yourself...Everyone Else is Taken and she is talking about the meaning of her blog title along with many people over at Synch-ro-ni-zing. It occurs to me that I've never really explained my blog, either the URL or the title, so this seems like the perfect opportunity.

indigoamethyst came first. This has been my handle for some time starting with MySpace (yes, I have one of those) and then here and also on Facebook and Twitter. The amethyst is my birthstone but I'm not very fond of the very pale watery amethyst. I am in love, though, with the really deep amethyst. Indigo is a very deep shade for an amethyst and my favorite. And although it doesn't always come out in my blog there are deep facets to me too (somewhere), much like an amethyst which is reflective and doesn't always show the hidden depths, or at least I like to think so.

Turning Stones came later. I love stones and rocks and, much like the ocean, feel a pull towards them. I have a few jars throughout the house of rocks in all types. Part of the reason is just the tie to earthy nature. I think of rocks and immediately have the feeling of hiking along a trail and looking out at a view and my heart is so full in an instant that I could burst. To someone who has never felt this it's hard to explain but only really beautiful nature (a stretched out valley, a wide ocean) and my children evoke this response in me. In that moment I could scream with joy and burst into tears at the same time. I want to spin in a circle with my hands stretched to the blue sky and laugh or take off running down a hill. Maybe this means I'm a little nuts (shocker, right?) but I am immensely joyful and immensely sad in the same moment. I LOVE that feeling.

Turning Stones is also about self discovery. As a child I played outside in the forest a lot and I quickly discovered that there is always something under every rock. And it's never the same. Oh, it may look very similar, but it's not the same. And by turning over the stones you get to see a whole world that you've previously missed noticing. I have now been divorced for about a year and a half. And in that time I have been continuously turning over the stones and finding parts of me that I had lost in the last 10 years or had never discovered in the first place. I've always been pretty sure of myself but I'm learning so much more every day. I learn about me as a person, as a mom, as a partner, a daughter, a friend.

My blog is a bit of a mishmash of personal stories, children, crafts and how to make them, decorating, and childhood memories and the photos I've taken along the way but I think the big picture is that it's me. I'm a mishmash of all of these things and then some and to be true to me this blog is as well. Turning Stones is my reminder to never stop looking outward at all of the beauty in this world, to never stop looking behind the ugly bits of it to find the treasures underneath, and to never stop looking inside of me and discovering there too.

What stones have you turned over recently? I'd love to hear about it.


  1. Oooooh love that last photo in particular.

    This is fascinating. I called my blog 'Chez Spud...the random witterings of Spudballoo' as a temporary measure, no thought involved, while I was blogging privately in the beginning. But then it kind of captures it all really.

    I'm having my blog redesigned at the moment, and have had to tackle lots of issues like defining what my blog is about etc as part of the process. It's tough, because it's a bit about photography, a bit about being a parent, but mostly it's just about ME!!!


  2. I've been following your blog for few months now and I totally got the right impression. Love the mismatching of stories (families are complicated sometimes), crafts and your gorgeous kids. Oh, and also just being mesmerized by your backdrop, these amazing mountains on your footstep. Keep going!

  3. Turning Stones is a beautiful metaphor for self discovery....your light shines brightly, Friend!


  4. What a beautiful way to come into your title! I really like the way that you express a lot about yourself simply by sharing your amethyst preferences! I can see those correlations. As for the Turning Stones, that's a great metaphor for life, we really are just wandering around turning stones at every corner!

    My blog titles are not quite so intriguing, but pretty simple. 'The Life and Times of' is a blog that I've been using to follow my health/life goals. My health goals have paralleled my life, so it seemed an apt title.

    'Thoughts, Updates, and Random Outpourings' was the first blog I actually posted on and the title is almost cautionary, hehehe. ANYTHING is possible as a topic. It's where I place the random things that enter my mind and require me to write about them.

  5. I know what you mean about the simultaneous joy and sadness. I love Nature too, and it's as if the high and the low meet, like we're spanning a great spectrum. We are capable of so much. Turning Stones is lovely and evocative. I love that image of you picking one up and turning it over, looking underneath.

    Rocks are alive. I have collections on shelves and in jars too.

    Thank you for joining in the fun, Sara!

  6. I loved learning more about you....and you used mishmash in such a perfect way....you have a beautiful life !

    is it a woman thing to love rocks....I don't know any men who love rocks the way we women do...have you noticed that too ?

  7. i like the posts i've seen this week about blog names (but saw them too late to participate). lovely reasons behind your blog name. and turning stones is a lifestyle that i'm also beginning to embrace...


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