For me, writing is usually heavy. It’s learning. It’s a spiritual discipline. It exacts something from me each time. That might be in part why I avoid it sometimes.
Writing, for me, has been at times life-giving and at times life-taking. But in any season, it always costs me something to write.
It’s been so long since writing was fun to me. There was that brief period in the fall of 2012 that I thought I would write a novel (I still haven’t completely given that up) and that was so. much. fun.
Fun? Writing is fun? It had always been at the most, cathartic. It had always been a passion and a thing by which I came to greater understanding of God, myself and the world. But fun: Yes. I learned it can actually be fun.
I have forgotten that until recently.
A friend suggested that maybe I should start a different blog alongside the one I already write. Maybe an arts blog? Or something about culture and music. You do a lot of those types of things, Sarah. There are people out there who want to read about it.
So. Yes. I thought about it, came up with the name and concept on a six-hour drive up the middle of California with just me and my girls.
Meet California Loves Culture.
California Loves Culture is an offering of local happenings and great things to do, eat and experience in and around Southern California. I’ll be exploring the arts including theater and music events, local food including farmers markets, restaurants and eateries, local travel and local culture.
I’m kind of excited. Actually I’m really excited.
As a result I’ve had a few questions:
Sarah, will you still be writing your regular blog:
Yes. As much or more as I am now. Hopefully more. I’ve just been a little burned out on writing lately. I’m hoping this infuses a little more life into me creativity-wise. And that this kind of writing (a little more light hearted) will be a good thing for me personally. I am also still writing regularly for (in)courage, Deeper Story and The Art of Simple.
What if I don’t live in Southern California? Will I still like it?
Well I hope so! Do ever plan on visiting? Do you like seeing pretty pictures of the beach? I’m slightly kidding, but I’m not kidding. I’m primarily directing this toward people who live here in Southern California and are able to go to the places I’m featuring, but I’m hoping it will inspire people to make a trip out here as well!
I don’t live in Southern California but I live a different part of the state. Will you ever be featuring other places?
Yes and I hope so. Part of my four-pronged approach is local travel (Arts, Culture, Food and Drink, Travel). My favorite vacation destinations are all within this great state. (Is there a name for people who are prejudiced toward California?) So I’m planning on writing about nearby destinations. Also, if I’m lucky, I’d like to also take submissions from other people who live in NorCal, Central Coast, Central Valley and San Diego with their local favorites. But that will be later.
I’m a local business owner. Will you be writing about anything like that? What if I have an idea for you?
Yes. Hopefully. If you have a suggestion, whether it be a local business or event, or anything else, please email me and let me know! I’m highly curious and I have a loooong running list of places to go, people to see, things to visit so throw them at me.
Follow CAlovesCulture on Instagram. I’ll often post where we are going before we get there so maybe we can meet up sometime if you live local!
And I’ve gone and gotten myself a Facebook Page as well. Hop over to it and find me there as well.
Click over to the new site itself to take a peek!
This is fun. This is just what I needed.
What about you? What kind of “different” thing have you embarked upon lately that has infused you with energy?