The start of the school year always feels like the start of a new year for me: freshly sharpened pencils, notebooks with shiny covers, new backpacks and budding friendships. More than anything, it feels like I’m being given a second chance to do something, to start something. And so, this blog was born.
My word for this year is “experiment”. (Around New Year’s, I usually choose a word to set the tone of my life in the coming year. This helps me re-anchor myself when I’m in a place of doubt or when I feel like I’m going off-track.)
Experiment, as in:
- more doing and less thinking.
- measuring success by the number of times I try something new vs. how well things turn out.
- being uncomfortable and doing it anyway.
So, this year, I find myself asking “why not” more often than I do, “why”.
In my writing, I’ve taken up a longer project – a novel – rather than shorter pieces of fiction.
I’m writing characters who are questioning more than they are accepting; who are stumbling, falling and then picking themselves up, more than they are standing on the sidelines.
So, that’s what I’ll be sharing with you in this blog – my experiments with storytelling, with motherhood, creativity and everything else I try, in order to live this one, crazy and beautiful life.
A poem by author Neil Gaiman floated through my Facebook feed at the beginning of 2015 that I’m revisiting this season:
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Are you starting something this season? I’d love to know.