About the Blog and About Hope!
The tag line reads: A place to find Hope everyday.
I mean this literally and figuratively.
Literally, Hopeservations is a place where I write and where Hope (that’s me) and Observations come together! Figuratively, it is also an inviting place to frequent, if you are someone who appreciates personal growth practices and living a lifestyle of spreading hope and sharing observations as we navigate & digest all the crazy and deeper aspects of life and the authentic voice we find in these moments…then this is the place for you!
All blogging experts say…find your niche. *shoulder shrug & palms up* Honestly…my blogging niche is just about being human and LIFE! The good, the not so good, the hard, the happy, the confusing, the messy, the beautiful and everything in between. I don’t know what more to say about that? I tried defining hopeservations and this was the closest I got….it is this but also so much more!
What is a Hopeservations?
Hopeservations are self reflective nourishments to our soul, ever actualizing healthy habits, and the human desire to belong to a community in a relaxed, nurturing environment. It’s mindful, meditative moments morning, noon or night that help us grow emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. It’s authentic understanding and transparent vulnerability, that touches upon humanity, hope, love, laughter, grace, gratitude, fun thoughts, kindness, manners, compassion, motivation, inspiration, perspective, learning to let go, stress relief, pick-me ups, travel, support, family, motherhood and parenting. It offers balanced insight, practices and thoughtful dialogue for ALL humans looking to relate and feel accepted. Hopeservations are any hopeful observation in life that speaks to us all. It is a place to find Hope everyday!
How did Hopeservations come about? It really started years ago with a name…Hope…and has been a lifetime evolution!
I have always been comfortable with public speaking and writing in any forum, even when personal and particularly painful. I find strength in the transparency of life. There is something so liberating about speaking your truths. While I am super outgoing, I also require solitude to recharge. It was many years ago – after a series of life altering events – you name it, it happened – that I began to write more…and More…and MORE. Usually on my social media sites. I was never that good at staying quiet. Not my nature.
Social media is like our personal scrapbooks and photo albums had come alive. Through pictures and text, I became the unofficial story teller for our family. I was the keeper of the memories.
The running joke in our family, you need someone to speak at a wedding, funeral or gathering – ask Hope.
Yet through it all, even in my darkest hours, I have always been able to find happiness, HOPE and a silver lining in every situation. I guess I was blessed (or maybe it was in the name) to learn pretty early on that happiness comes from maintaining an inner balance of life.
It doesn’t come from people, extremes, destinations, possessions, money, or success – although certainly those things can enhance your life but ultimately, it’s about your inner core and being happy with yourself. So, even during those times most painful to me – more often then not, family, friends, strangers began telling me how much they appreciated my “observations.” It became frequent that I heard how I should try my hand at writing a novel, children’s book, funny mom anecdotes, etc, etc, etc…only, seriously…there is a huge leap between writing a witty FB post and a book. Not to mention I am a wife, home-maker, educator and the mother of three humans, in various stages and ages that I was responsible for!
Besides, these bits of writing were all just fun, or me caught up in a moment of spontaneity. My observations were my own places of joy & happiness, sometimes poignant or whimsical but always hopeful. If it just so happened that others got to benefit or thought similarly – then yeah, that was cool too!
When suddenly friends were offering up and encouraging the idea of a blog. People really seemed to find something inspirational in what I was saying and in it, found thoughts that helped them too. I began to think…maybe a blog would be the perfect forum?
In 2014, I began hash-tagging, #Hopeservations as a silly little play on my name and the observations everyone kept referring to.
Rather late to the twitter scene I was having difficulty finding a twitter handle that felt just right…when Christmas 2014, I finally hit upon the idea! That is when twitter.com/hopeservations was truly born. Despite still preferring to hashtag my #Hopeservations on facebook.com/hopeelizabethdutton, https://www.facebook.com/hopeservations & instagram.com/hopeservations, it was then that this blog finally took a firm shape in my mind.
So who is Hope…well, I don’t write about myself in third person, as the general blogging tips encourage and while I can sum myself up in just a few sentences – why? My blog…my space…my story to tell…
Truthfully, I have never quite understood the blogging trend where self help or lifestyle bloggers don’t tell much about themselves yet want people to buy into them?
So, here goes…
I am a Bi-Coastal Florida girl although I have lived on the East Coast since 1995. As a young child, I was raised up and down the southeast, in the Blue Ridge area of Georgia, on up into Kentucky but for me Florida was alway BASE! I have traveled much of the US and a bit overseas…with plans of more to come. I have studied, lived and taught abroad.
I am an educator by profession, some see it as a career, I see it as a calling. My background is a pretty specific niche of working with students who receive Special Education Services. I have held many roles and hats in the field of Special Education and currently am the IEP Facilitator at one of the area’s local high schools. I love my school and I love our students. There is no greater joy then knowing you helped a student and family and despite the sometimes extreme emotional toll, I am so grateful I chose this professional path. Thank goodness for a sense of humor and a lot of great friends!
I am a behaviorist, humanist, and existentialist…yet a firm believer in spirituality, the study of all religion and everything in between, sciences, astrology, astronomy, and numerology. I began to study and practice Transcendental Meditation when I was nine and this has been a life long practice, off and on. I have been all about self-help and the study of myself and others for as long as I can remember. I love to look for the patterns in life, from dates, data charts to human behavior.
After much consideration, I even consulted a numerology calculator to determine the very perfect day to unveil this Blog…and it picked the date! The date hit all my perfect points – Monday, January 1, 2018.
I am a patient woman when it comes to the big picture but can get impatient with the details. I am a lover of words, memes, morals, motherhood, and mermaids. My favorite day of the week is Monday and I love mornings. Anchors, starfish, turtles, turquoise and charms are my thing. I almost exclusively wear black but live a very colorful life.
I was born 07.19.1970, making me a Cancer, born to a Cancer, Moon Mother and Leo, Sun Father and my lucky birth number is one (1) although my path number is seven (7). Meaning I am equally ruled by the moon and sun, which I suppose explains why I fully appreciate the quote, “Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon.”
I am the product of being raised very fluidly between my two equally brilliant but vastly different parents and a rich tapestry of an extended family that I am forever thankful came into my life and I am a complete dichotomy of all this!
I have been happily married to my husband, and life traveler since 1999. We are thankfully beyond many of the difficult marital phases that lead most to crumble. With each passing phase of life, we continue to make a choice to celebrate each other as individuals yet evolve together, cultivating a deeper understanding, aligning ourselves into a balanced, joyful marital harmony, while embracing all we have created together. We made our home near the beach and have continually enjoyed the vast beauty of a relaxed Florida lifestyle.
We have three children, Abby and a set of Irish Twins that are both Gemini’s, Sadie and Finn. The irony of that is not lost to me. Oddly, I am a crazy Volleyball Mom, which I never expected but rolled with it and has it ever been a fun adventure for the family! I love to read, learn, listen to all genres of music, expand my perspectives, cry at weddings and photograph sunrises, although I have been know to cry at sunrises and photograph weddings. My quick tag line on most of my social media’s is some variation of…I am a story teller, lover of all things from the sea, sporty, sweet, silly, sassy, soulful serving education & simply human. All true and all which has lent itself to creating a very unique person with an eclectic awareness of, intuitive perspective on and an unconditional love for life…and yes, these are my Hopeservations.
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At the end of the day, I love that you have found ME and my humble Blog and are taking the time to read my Hopeservations, my little hopeful stories & observations about life.
I really think you will find all this and more. So welcome to Hopeservations, where spreading hope and sharing observations come together to become a place where you can find Hope everyday! ⚓
Go in love,