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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Challenge - What's in a Name?
Why is your blog called Everything Pink?
I have a Christmas tradition every year where I pick one Christmas card that was sent to me and I call that family. (this year i talked to one of my Young Women leaders from when I was in High School) I pick someone that I never talk to but just communicate through Christmas cards. In 2005 I picked Jill. Her card had been returned to me because I had not changed her new address. I had not talked to Jill in maybe 8 - 10 years? I decided to pick up the phone and just call. I had not done a good job of leaving our friendship on good terms in Utah before we moved to New Orleans. I am sure me calling her was a huge shock. I will be forever grateful for making the call and her being so receptive to me doing so.one of Jill's first posts

Over the next few weeks we started emailing and I would call her at times I was feeding Sally Jane. She emailed me one day, the first day she started her blog. I had never heard of a blog. She encouraged me to start one too. I remember in college at BYU, Jill being very good at English. I thought blogs were only for skilled writers like herself. Every morning I would run to the computer to check out her blog and was intrigued with her sidebar and seeing different blogs out there. She kept encouraging me to start one.
I remember thinking what would I call it if I did start one. I can remember the exact spot where I was when I came up with Everything Pink. I was walking the girls in the stroller in the Fieldstone Farms Park in Franklin Tennessee. At the time I had just had my third girl about 10 months prior. I could make a long story out of having the third girl and the first thing everyone asks you is, "so are you going to try for a boy?" Jeff and I have always felt very content with our all girl family and honestly have never even asked our self that question. As I was walking I remember thinking it was perfect that everything in our home is pink - it seems like the perfect fit. ( I often wonder if I have all girls so that some poor girl would not have to plan her wedding with me as her mother in law - I am sure I have potential to be a controlling perfectionist)
I remember walking as fast as I could home (this was back before I could run) to look up the name Everything Pink. It was already taken. I was disappointed. So my web address is Everything is Pink, yet I kept the Everything Pink name.
It is amazing to me how perfect that name has been for my blog. I never ever thought I was good at writing. Not sure I think I am now, I just know I am not afraid to write anymore. I never thought of myself as having as positive attitude as I do now. My blog has become my life through my eyes as if Everything is Pink.
But don't be fooled.


if I would have had a blog the 10 years prior to that this is likely what it would have been called. Everything Sinks. I probably should have called Jill years before.
Thanks Lelly for the weekly challenge and thanks Jill for causing me to change my life! I owe you!

22 comments:

pjmesser said...

First- YES

pjmesser said...

Kristi- I love your everything Pink positive attitude- it's contagious- thanks- pj

LJ said...

Oh Kristi, you kill me. . . everything stinks! We love our pink Cutler girls!!!
Lucky thing Jill got us all hooked!

Shauna said...

Great story! You just made me realize there is a phone call I need to make to someone from too many years past!

Ashley said...

The mother-in-law wedding thing is hilarious! I want to see what you do for your girl's weddings. Any ideas yet?

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Amazing what a little perception change does. I love Everything Pink/Everything Stinks...one or the other should sum up every day!

Jessica said...

What a fun story! You have definitely caused me to see more things as "pink" rather than "stink!"

Thanks so much for the card and ribbon you sent me, it came at a perfect time when I really needed something pink in the mail, if ya know what I mean!

Autumn said...

OK~I completely thought some other reason! Great story! I've been thinking lately~a great blog entry for you & jill (because I'm nosey) would be how you met/became friends b/c every where I look (blogwise) you two are there! You know everyone!

Thanks for sharing!

carlo said...

oh i love the pink about you!

and i am so happy to have found you...

feltc said...

I love the story of your blog history. I love your blog. Thank you for opening yourself up with your rosy (hey, it's a shade of pink, right?) perspective!

kristi said...

ashley, of course I have books in the wings for the three weddings i will be planning, well, i think i may only have two weddings as i don't think jeff will ever let go of his Sally Jane.

kristi said...

autumn, my blogography is in my draft as we speak getting ready to get posted.

Holly said...

Isn't that wonderful how good friendships can be picked up again and rekindled with a little bit of nurturing?!?

I'm so glad you are in BlogWorld, you ARE making an impact.

I'm also glad that everything turned out pink, instead of stink. Pink is a state of mind.

Melinda said...

THis was totaly fun to read. I am glad you shared your story about Jill and how you mended your friendship. That is really great. I love the everything pink. Unfortunatly My Livy is the only one who shares in my love for pink. Ashley, my other daughter is into blue now. I could totaly see myself being the control freak when it comes to planning my kids weddings and what not. I already do and have to try hard to step back.

Tasha said...

Ok, Everything Stinks, is cracking me up!

I can't imagine how cool it would be to get a phone call from an old friend you hadn't heard from in a decade. Great call, I'd say!

michelle said...

This was fun to read, Kristi. I'm glad you made the turnaround, on most days at least, from everything stinks to everything pink! I'm so glad our friendship has been rekindled as well -- hooray for blogging!

p.s. I love your word "blogography" and am anxious to read it!

Amy said...

I love your story of how making that one call changed you...so fantastic for me to remember in my own life. I love your blog & the enthusiasm for life that pours out of it. Thanks for sharing so much!

Hannah said...

Making one call that changed your life is AWESOME! I have always liked your blog title- your girls, YOU :)

lelly said...

i love that you have created a pink place in the blogosphere. i totally agree that blogging helps me to feel more positive, and challenges me to put stuff out there. truly life changing...

Jill said...

Everything stinks is so funny!

I'm so glad you called that day too, what a difference you have made for me these past 2 years!

Liz said...

Kristi, I remember first meeting you, when you just had Annie Kate, and you said that you hated the color pink. AK didn't have any pink outfits and the first pink outfit was something from Jeff's mom. I remember you were working on some special quilt and you went and bought that same exact outfit to put in the quilt for AK's square. And now here you are with literally "Everything Pink". I think it is great. It is so fun to keep in touch with you now through blogging!

Wende said...

i love your everything pink way of life - it makes everyone feel happy and you ARE a great writer!