See the Good

Hello, I'm Carole West the face behind this blog. I've been writing for years and my focus here is to encourage goodness. I'm a believer through positive thinking anyone can thrive, but we have to be willing to "see the good" around us.

My writing success began from my retired blog, Garden Up Green. I have also been published in several national magazines in reference to gardening & homesteading. I must admit though, my heart shines when I publish a new book. That can be a little scary, but it also feels great!

Public Speaking was another achievement where I taught workshops for Texas Home and Garden. Later I brought those classes closer to home by instructing wood craft workshops; it was a neat experience. 

Prior to 2020 I stepped away from all that to take some time for myself.  That was a difficult decision, but a rest was necessary. I just had this feeling I was being led to do other things.

Challenges and Gifts

The break has been interesting. We moved from NE Texas to East Texas where I discovered swamp country is my paradise. My husband and I contracted our own barndominium and talk about a "challenge" of a lifetime.  Thankfully we're nestled in the countryside to ease the overwhelm.  

So, why did I return to blogging?  Among other things, I enjoy writing, always have and miss sharing my heart. Today, I find myself in a great place spiritually, where I recognize my weaknesses and see my gifts as a blessing.  

My target here is centered on seeing the good.  The good can be often missed and many times it's right in front of us.

A Broader Writing Path

When I published this space, I knew my writing path needed to be broader because I have multiple interests.  I'm also a doer and this will come through when you read in "good notions and ideas." If you enjoy home cooking, then my recipes in "good food" will keep you coming back for more.

Mostly I am excited about my art, a gift that has been in hibernation for many years. I'm currently creating from nature using watercolors and pencil rendering; it has been amazing.  

I find we all have a story and for me, the most important surfaces around staying home to raise our children.  It was the best decision and believe me when I say, it wasn't easy, but it was worth every memory.   

From being a wife, a homeschooling mom, homesteading and establishing a writing career, I have learned to wear many hats. To say I have been blessed would be an understatement; I also came to realize these self-taught skills hold value. 

If being open and honest, I couldn't have accomplished any of this without my husband Robert.   His love, support and belief in my abilities encourages me daily.  

It's my hope you recharge when reading and seek to implement the goodness I share. 

See the Good,

Current project goals include a new garden and finishing the Garden Up Green book.  
I'm also having a blast creating in my art studio and looking forward to fresh herbs in the summer.