Under Construction

Some of you may wonder what is going on over here.... 
a few things have changed. I am taking an e-course, my first, over at Blogging My Way
I really should say that I am frantically trying to catch up with the e-course. 
Either way...I am having fun.

In the meantime, as the song goes... 'The Times...they are a changing'.
It is a bit of a mind trip, this course...and it was just what I needed. I started blogging 
 two years ago to help me make the transition in the move from New Zealand to England.
One blog turned into five and for lots of reasons I need to get back to basics.
I really need to take it back to one...but letting go, is so hard to do.

Rethinking your blog is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle.
I thought the same thing when I took the photo above in Delhi at the Qutab Minar.
The stones are the ruins of ancient Hindu temples which were used to create the world's
tallest brick minaret and other monuments. It was an amazing sight to behold.

So maybe, consolidating five blogs into one will not be that hard. 
It will take time...but until then...

For those of you who follow me at Finding My Way in England...
you can still do so by clicking the 'MY ENGLISH LIFE' link at the top of the page. 
For those of you who like to follow my style blog, Cashmerejeans...style
you can do that by clicking the 'STYLE NOTES' link at the top of the page. 
I am also busy writing the next stages, bringing my experiences
into a format that readers can use. EXPAT LIFE and TRAVEL NOTES are soon to follow.

I leave you with my very first post...two years ago, featuring my first attempt at painting.
 Step one in my Collage of Life.
Appropriately entitled....Shaping the thought that stirs within.

Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead and as always..
thank you for reading along!!

If you have any suggestions for me, I would be happy to read them!
You can leave a comment or write to me at jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

Jeanne @ Collage of Life


  1. It seems like we all struggle from time to time about the "voice" or focus of our blogs. have been doing a lot of thinking about that myself recently. The answer being, of course, that we are constantly changing ourselves, and our blogs reflect that.

    I had forgotten your "other blogs" - I'm a Collage reader! - but have just enjoyed doing a bit of reading in both. I like the way you are combining them into one place with the opportunity to look at the other tabs. A good design, I think.

    Hope your exploration goes well and results in a lovely new construction. Good luck!

  2. Ooh, I'm excited!
    I know I'll love anything you do!

  3. Jeanne,

    This class is the same for me. I am "finding my way" and trying to bring together the "collage of my life" and to find a voice. I am also hopelessly inept at blogger, it will not let me do anything to change my blog or add buttons! I am pulling my hair out, what little I have left after my crazy hormones are out of whack...is that too much tmi?

    I love the class and am trying to follow and institure some of this things I am learning. Mine too will take time but doesn;t everything.

    Have a great night!


  4. I too like how you're combining them. I don't have the time to follow more than one but often I follow one of your Twitter links and see that I am in a "different" one. It'll be fun to read about your "fashion" topics as well as your "expat" experiences, etc. Good Luck with the course. M. and I are about to embark on a whirlwind tour of 4 states and 8 college campuses next week!! Any tips??

  5. Jeanne, I think that this is the perfect way to bring together your blogs - truly a collage of your interesting, inspiring life! Can't wait to see what's coming!

  6. Brava to you! I love that you are always on the move. I forsee you teaching the e-course before too long! You know I will follow...wherever you go!

  7. I have always felt your blog was one to aspire to. I am always questioning the direction or lack of direction, as it seems to be, of my own. I look forward to future post wherever they head. Bonnie

  8. Thank you all for your encouraging comments...I feel a whole lot more comfortable with the direction I am heading in... I owe a few of you some feedback on your comments, I am on my way... :)

  9. For Sarah.... a few college notes

    Hi Sarah

    Yikes...4 states, 8 college...you will be one busy woman! We found the following helpful...

    - Arrange for interviews, if possible.
    -If you daughter has a particular interest, sport, music etc...arrange to see the coach or head of the department when you visit.
    - My daughter sent thank you notes to everyone, including our guides.
    - Collect business cards whenever you can.
    - Attend the information sessions. We were a bit confused by the 'sessions'...best not to pass them up.
    -Take lots of notes during and after each college visit. We wrote a synopsis together at the conclusion of each visit. It highlighted our first impressions...four months on, we are glad we did!
    -Take photos of the campus..it was helpful to go back and look at them.
    - You have the benefit of seeing schools during the school year. We saw them during the summer holidays. We wish we were in the States now to make a few follow up visits. I imagine you will get more out of your visits because you will be able to see the schools 'in action'.

    I came home and started a private blog for my daughter... dedicated to this whole experience. We copy and paste interesting articles, she writes and we go in and comment etc... We find it an easy way to keep all the information together especially when we want to go back and look at the notes from our college tours.

    Hope this helps!

  10. Oh I do remember that first post Jeanne! I reckon you're selling yourself a bit short here, you are one of the best bloggers on my blog role mate. Never experienced a dud post here! Good luck in your 'How to morph 5 blogs into 1' exercise.
    Millie xx

  11. Thanks Millie! If I figure it out, I just may have a bestseller! :)

  12. The e-course sounds awesome...and I look forward to the results!

  13. Oh Jeanne, I'm so delighted you're doing BYW. I did the last one and was blown away by it.

    I'm fascinated with how you;'re going to handle this.

    And I'd love to know how you managed to use the standard Blogger 'pages' tabs to link to your other blogs. J x

  14. I really love all your blogs Jeanne...I love how each one is dedicated to a theme. Posting them all on one page under headers on a banner is brilliant.
    I would love to do this course...I'll find out when the next one runs...thanks for letting us know about this.

  15. HI Jeanne, Vicki told me about your blog and so great to have found your blog. I am too doing the course and doing an overhaul.. Love your blog.. Food for thought.. Carla xx

  16. My blog continues to evolve and go through phases, and I've decided I'm okay with that. I do it for me. Yours continues to be lovely, and I'm looking forward to seeing where you take it next!

  17. I think your blogs are always amazing...the writing, supurb and the pictures, phenomenol! I love to look at it. To take a course is tampering with perfection in my opinion.
    As for my own blog,...it may be a bit boring but it is a chronicle of my grandchildren's lives to allow them to look back someday as well as let them see who I am perhaps when I am gone. It's ever so much more fun than pasting pictures in the album!!

  18. Blogging can become a life with so much time preparing, reading others, commenting and responding. I don't think that's what most of us want. You may find that consolidating still allows you to do all you want as well as free up some time. I will be interested in seeing how you change and be most appreciative of what you share.

  19. It is so overwhelming to reconstruct your blog! I did it a while ago, and it took forever. It will look great once it is finished, though!

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  20. I think you're probably doing the right thing. I did not plan on it, but I ended up with two blogs. I have one dedicated solely to Malta. Sometimes I toy with the idea of consolidating them but I am not sure I am ready for that yet.
    Thanks for your comment. I did not design my blog background. It's a free background you can download. I use a site called The Cutest Blog On The Block (www.thecutestblogontheblock.com). They have many different designs to choose from.

  21. I'm very impressed by the changes here. Everytime I try to change the design of my blog, I end up almost losing the entire blog!:-D
    Love the new look - have always loved 'the happy drinker' picture:-)

    However, I can't find the post on the book club so I can't tell you about my book submission. Is the thing still on?



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