Thursday, July 1, 2010


blogging everyday was harder then I thought it was going to be, and more time consuming and required more self discipline then I would have anticipated. There were days I was inspired and days I was not, but the challenge was not contingent upon inspiration, but consistency. I don't think I made it to bed before 1 am more then two times in the month of June. Upon finishing my rather intense post last night, I looked at the alarm clock as my head hit the pillow, it was 3:15 am. I woke up this morning exhausted with a serious blog hangover. I guess you could say that I've pretty much been married to this blog for nearly the last 30 days and I think Dave is looking forward to getting his wife back.

It's already July 1st, technically the challenge is over, I don't have to blog... truth be told I was kind of looking forward to this day when I was no longer expected or obligated to post... even if the obligation was self-imposed. And yet here I am snuggled under my covers with the lap top posting another blog... I think what I have created here is a habit, I just can't stop. Many have inquired if I will keep on blogging, the answer is yes of course! Now will it be everyday? Maybe for a little while, but most likely not... but often... yes for sure.

Honestly I have loved blogging it out, it has been a real opportunity to reconnect with my past, live in the details of those memories, to dig up those bones and realize how those experiences, pains and triumphs have contributed to the person that I am today, how they influence the future and where I'm bound... some powerful realizations really. As well, Knowing that each day I was going to need to blog about something forced me to live with a greater awareness, I've lived just a little more present in each moment and that has caused me to tap into a realm of creativity that is always there and waiting to be discovered. That's just the thing though... it must be sought after consistently, and I'm finding that the enemy of creativity is laziness, negativity, fear and self doubt, I've had my days where I've given in to it. It happens... but it's all good cause "I'm trying, I'm doing the work, I'm not a slacker". (name that movie)

Oh... so when I started blogging I intended on not getting caught up in "comments"... reading them, obsessing over how many there were, etc... However I want to say that it has truly been enlightening, encouraging and inspiring to read such genuine and meaningful comments from ya''... really they have felt like natural extensions to my own thoughts. Thank you, sincerely for not just reading, but for contributing to it and broadening my perspective, for your suggestions, your recipes, your wisdom and your awesomeness. Really it's about connecting, and yes... we've so connected.

Basically what I am trying to say is, thanks for letting me babble, you are nice, I like you. Goodnight:)


  1. Please don't stop. I have loved reading your comments, and my wife was really touched by your last post about Middle School. She felt like she was reading something she had written.

  2. I love your babbling. Your blogs are truly inspirational. They make me think about my past, my present and what I want to accomplish in the future. I hope you will still write a post every now and then. Thanks so much, Brooke, I think you are nice too!

  3. And thank YOU for continuing to inspire us all not only through your music, but also your words. I'm so glad to hear you'll still be blogging -- I'd have missed them!!

  4. Yeah! Brooke is Back! My favorite all time move "What about Bob"

  5. I said it before, and I'll say it again: You are wonderful, Brooke. Keep it up! It's so nice to read something from a real, genuine person. :) You're a fabulous role model!

  6. Brooke, I really hope you keep blogging! I actually hadn't checked your blog in about a week, but this morning I put on your CD as I was doing some things around the house (er...apartment). We just moved to NYC and it's been a big adjustment, your music is very soothing and a nice contrast to the busy-ness of the city. I was listening I remembered I hadn't checked your blog so I got on here. I love your post about 8th grade, and I can SO relate. We moved to a different state at the END of 7th grade, like one month left of school. It was a tiny town where people are born and raised there, every one knows every one, and it was really hard.

    Anyway, I loved you on Idol, I love your music, I love your hair, and I love your blog! So keep it up!

  7. Hi, Brookie! That's so awesome! You read our comments?! MY comments?! :D Oh, yeah, on days that you're filled with inspiration, you could just make some advanced posts. Blogger has a feature that allows you to upload your entries earlier, then it'll just post them on the net on a scheduled time. :D

  8. YAAAYYYY!!!!! I am so very excited that you are going to keep blogging even though June is over! Your blogs truly make my day and I love listening to what you have to say!

    You're my hero!

    Ps- thank you SO much for following my blog! you're the only follower i have! :)

    pss-you're so awesome!

    your biggest fan,
    Jessie! (jessanicole)

  9. Brooke, please don't stop blogging, ever :) You have such a way with words and you inspire me through your blogs and through your music. And it'd mean a lot to me if you'd follow my blog, which you inspired me to create :)

    You're awesome, Brooke:) Keep blogging and keep making music:) We love you!

    your biggest fan,

  10. you've just proven the 28 day habit theory! Comments are great because a blog is a conversation of sorts and it's enlightening to read what others have to say. Keep it up--and you'll start to think "I have to blog about this" whenever something strikes you in your day to day life. Have a great 4th!

  11. You've done such a good job! Keep up the blog. It was fun to remember along with you. -- Here's a recipe that got rave reviews at my house this week and it was EASY!

    Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Salad
    1 C. Asian Sesame Dressing (I use Ken’s Steakhouse light version)

    2 Tbsp. soy sauce

    2 cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

    2 Tbsp. crunchy peanut butter

    2 Tbsp. honey

    1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

    1 pkg. (1 lb.) thin spaghetti

    4 green onions, sliced

    1 cup chopped cilantro

    Cook spaghetti as directed on package. Toss cooked chicken chunks with 1/4 c. Asian Sesame Dressing. Mix remaining dressing mixture, peanut butter, honey and crushed red pepper.

    Drain spaghetti. Add to chicken mixture with peanut butter mixture and all remaining ingredients; mix lightly. Serve warm or chill in fridge for 4 hours before serving.

    LOVE, Dana

  12. I have really enjoyed blogging and commenting it out with you, Brooke! It sure made this June Gloom a whole lot brighter. I really love reading your stories from your past and hearing your words of wisdom on life lessons. You really have a gift for writing in such a way that gets your audience thinking, feeling and becoming connected with you. Thanks for allowing us to get to know you on a more personal level. I certainly look forward to your future blog posts! :)

  13. You're important to me. I live on the east coast, and a few nights (work nights even) I stayed up as late as humanly possible to see if you'd post your next blog, 2am, 3am...

    You've been one of my favorite people in the world since American Idol and I'm thrilled that you're so down to Earth even after you've become a "brand name", so to speak. Your blogs are inspiring, uplifting and they're a high point in my day. Thank you for giving your fans a true glimpse of your heart. Like I said before, this makes me feel like I have a connection, even a friendship with you.

    Everyone is your biggest fan and I'm no different. But while we go ahead and sort it all out, don't take for granted the fact that so many people want that title. You are THAT loved. You're a beautiful person and your smile continues to light up the lives of those who love you.

    Yeah, as they say, life is okay.

    Hey, so come east when you get the chance? It's on my bucket list to see you live.

  14. Thank you Brooke, for all your wonderful blogs in June-loved everything from your grandparents cabin, to the puppy rescue, your amazing doodles, illustrations,and photographs, sharing your junior high days,heartfelt early music experiences, family, feelings,hopes and fears. It is so awesome that you are so open and connected with us, the fans. I am excited that you will continue to blog! Luv ya! You are very special and a joy!

  15. What About Bob of course! I love that movie. You've inspired me to write more frequently on my blog and I always leave your blog feeling inspired, which
    is a wonderful thing.
    You're doodles are incredible! I've been a big fan of yours since day one of idol, and your cd is one of my favs. And your album art! Oh my goodness it is amazing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, talents, and fun outlook on life.

  16. I'm so glad that you decided to push yourself to blog everyday. Although I haven't done a challenge with my blog, mine too has made me super conscious about my surrounding and situations, even conversations I'm having with others. Sometimes I would find myself finding solutions to my problems in my own posts. It's crazy! Anyways, inspired or not, keep allowing your days to be page-worthy:)

    Ashley Grohoski

  17. Please blog all the time!!!!!! I love reading your "babbling". I don't consider it babbling. I acctually enjoy it! :)
    You blogs are so interesting and captivating! Even when they are about your exciting Saturday of working on your house!

  18. Saw you on LMM, and then realized you had a blog! :) Will definitely be following from now on! and ps - LOVE LOVE the new album!