The idea for Splendor in the Sticks has been brewing for quite a while. For ten years (an astronomically long time in internet years!), I’ve kept a blog called Mockingbird’s Nest. Over the years, it developed a lifestyle focus, especially as I got older and began to grapple with the challenges that come with transitioning from the final blush of youth to middle age. I’ve really enjoyed keeping the Nest, but it was time to move beyond the confines of that platform.
Splendor in the Sticks is designed to take the best of what I’ve learned and put it out there for others to use and explore. I’ll recommend books and movies that I found especially useful (Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame was a revelation!) and I also have a weekly “Diva Drill” with simple exercises that are designed to help women who, like me, found themselves at their wits’ end, wondering why we felt so gray-and-drudgy all the time.
I truly believe that we are meant to “scatter joy” (thanks, Emerson!) throughout our lives. I also subscribe to the idea that we will get more work done, of a higher quality, and with less fuss, if we go about our days feeling joy. We are incredible, magnificent creatures and we have too much work to do in the world to forget that.
So please – enter! Feel free to leave comments on the posts (starting with the “Why Be a Diva?” post) and to follow the site – there’s a link on the home page. Splendor also has a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – just click on the buttons at the bottom of the page!