So, here I am! Time to try something new. This is my first blog post since my site went live. I have butterflies! First impressions are so important and I hope that my site makes a good impression on you. Because after all, this new project of mine really is kind of a reflection of me and my life. Because of this, I had a really hard time deciding what my first live blog post would be. Would it be a recipe that I think people shouldn’t live without? Or maybe the kids’ and my most recent craft undertaking. Nope. Instead, I’m writing about how important I think it is to try and do new things.

I’m not overly comfortable with self-promotion and I don’t usually gravitate towards the spotlight. I am not a naturally gifted writer. And my grammar and spelling are less than stellar (I blame this on my dominant right brain). So putting myself out on view for the world to see is definitely not easy. Thankfully though, I have encouraging friends and family. Not to mention a grammar angel who watches over me. They’ve all been so supportive. But even with all their encouragement, I’m still scared as shit to be doing this!

I’m probably a little scared because I’m ultimately worried about what people will think of me. Probably scared because I’m worried about failure. And maybe even a little scared of success. But, whatever the reasons, I’ve somehow managed to push past my fears, beyond my comfort zone and wade out into the great unknown.

Time To Try Something New

Now, this isn’t the first time that I’ve done something where I’ve felt pretty uncomfortable and out of my element. I’ve entered a cake decorating competition (which I did not win), I’ve tiled a shower and walls (which turned out pretty darn good), I’ve swum in crocodile-infested waters in Africa (I’m not sure why I’m even alive). And I’m always neck deep in the scariest thing I’ve ever done… parenting (heaven help me)! The feeling of uncertainty is familiar to me when I try something new. Sometimes I succeed at what I’m doing and sometimes I fail. It’s all part of the great adventure which is life. But, to be adventurous you don’t have to risk life and limb. You just have to put yourself out there, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel. You just have to try

I hope that the things in my life that inspire my blog will also inspire others to try and do new things too. That doesn’t mean it has to be BIG. It can be as simple as trying to cook if you don’t cook, doing a painting craft with your kids (even though you know there will be a mess to clean up after), or starting a daily journal. Whatever it is, I just hope you’re inspired to do something different in your life. With all that being said, welcome to my blog. I invite you and the rest of the world to go ahead and try something new with me. So, what are we going to try first?

  • The cake I entered into the cake competition
  • My tile work in our basement bathroom
The crocodile infested waters of the Okovango Delta, Botswana – A good place to take a dip!

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  1. Bonnie January 31, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Hi Trina.. I love your blog! Great inspiration for everyone.


    1. Trina Vanaalst February 1, 2019 at 9:33 PM

      Thank you, Bonnie! I’m glad you like my site and thank you for being so supportive. 😘

  2. Darlene February 3, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Oh my gosh such encouraging words! I think too many times we don’t try something that we truly want to try because we are scared of failing and what other people may think! We should try the things we want to do! If we don’t accomplish what we wanted. Accept it, admit it to yourself, cross it off the bucket list and move on! If we succeed accept that too and be proud of yourself for taking the leap!

    1. Trina Vanaalst February 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM

      Thanks, It warms my heart that you found my article encouraging.

  3. Gary hilton February 10, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Although my crafts are more into dope and fabric and rivets, I love your cooking adventures! Can’t wait to try the pizza!
    Keep forging your own path in life, girl. Don’t let the weeds if the world slow you down! You are setting the bar a bit higher for yourself and others, and your Childeren will be the better off for it.
    Two thumbs up here in Missouri!

    1. Trina Vanaalst February 11, 2019 at 8:43 AM

      Wow, Garry! Thank you for posting such encouraging words!!! I love that you’re following along in my blogging adventure! I hope you enjoy the pizza and I would love to see what the current project is with the fabric, rivets and dope (maybe an aileron bar!?) lol.

  4. Krista February 23, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Your site is really impressive if this is your first post. You’ve done a very good job of setting everything up. Plus that cake is amazing. I can tell you’ve invested a lot of time into this site already and i’m sure everyone will enjoy it. Keep going lady!

    1. Trina Vanaalst February 24, 2019 at 4:59 PM

      Thanks, Krista! I’m glad my first impression was an impressive one. I appreciate the comment and your encouraging words.

  5. Brie February 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    I love the blog name! Welcome to the blogosphere.

    1. Trina Vanaalst February 24, 2019 at 4:58 PM

      Thanks Brie!

  6. Maxwell April 10, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform
    you?re using? I?m going to start my own blog in the near future but I?m having a
    difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and
    Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I?m looking for something unique.

    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    1. Trina Vanaalst April 11, 2019 at 12:18 PM

      Hi Maxwell, my blog is designed on WordPress. If you have any other questions about it feel free to email me [email protected]


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