To begin, I needed to name my blog.
I've always thought there was something in a name. In my experience, the meaning of one's name is so often reflected in their life. For example, when I was younger I had a knack for winning things. I soon realized it shouldn't be a surprise--my name is Victoria, and it means Victory. As I've grown older, a huge desire of my heart is to be pure. I want this in all areas of my life, in every sort of relationship I am in, be it romantic, family or just friends. Kathleen, my middle name, has one meaning of Pure.
So I looked first at actual names for my blog. I found some interesting ones such as Aislin, which means Dream. But that didn't feel right--the title needed to reflect me, not be a whole separate character in itself. (Although that is an interesting idea I have toyed with before--a blog that is a story, a diary of a fictional character.)
Next I moved on to another area altogether. With the help of my dear friend Google Search, I typed in "writing quotes" and the following all caught my attention.
There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it. ~Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948
I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977
What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931
All very good quotes and means of inspiration, but none exactly caught where I am right now. So I continued, and through many other wonderful and not so wonderful quotes, this one jumped out at me:
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
And so, dear friends, this is how my blog got it's name. A journey, a recording of my life, told intimately and honestly from my heart. I'm not promising some exciting read with adventures and perfect story-telling. I'm just going to be real and you can take it or leave it.
In God's Hands,