Today is the first gathering of the Insecure Writer's Support Group for 2018. Welcome! If you're new to the IWSG, check out the website HERE and also pay a visit to our fearless leader Captain Alex HERE.
Our fabulous co-hosts for January are: Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria. Make sure to pay them a visit and thank them for a job well done :)
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Well, hello there! Honestly, I didn't expect to be back here this soon. In fact, I wasn't sure if I'd be back at all. But a funny thing happened during my little hiatus. I relaxed and rebooted. I reflected and made peace with a lot of things, mainly myself. I found my rooting and I'm content to let that take time.
Perhaps that's the most important lesson I learned during the holidays. TIME isn't our enemy. Time is a friend, a dear friend, who keeps us in check and urges us forward. Time whispers of passing minutes and asks us to take stock of our ideas. Time wants us to make progress but also understands that we can't do everything all at once. Time wants us to understand that we have just as much of it as everyone else has, but our journey through time is all our own.
I have two auto-immune disorders that make it hard for me to commit to a really hard schedule. I have to tread gently, pick my barefoot way among thorns and brambles all the while looking for herbs for the gathering. I have to be selective in how I spend my off time (I still work a part-time job). My hands itch for pen and ink, for fabric and needles, for clay and glaze. Sometimes, however, I have to resign myself to the sofa or the courtyard chairs. Am I as far along on my journey as I'd like to be? No. But I'm OK with that. I had a good, hard look at my goals and dreams and feel nothing but peace for the coming year.
And one of those goals and dreams is this blog. I've been blogging for 10 years now. This blog has morphed and changed along with me. It's stopped and restarted more times than I can remember. Some of you are still here through all the upheaval and I THANK YOU. I started this blog to connect with the world and somewhere in the shuffle I lost sight of that connection. Too much is piped at us through the great sludge of Social Media and I let it worm it's way into my humble garden.
So here I am, brand new year with a brand new header and a not-so-brand-new initiative. I want to share my art as well as my thoughts. I want to hear from YOU, Dear Reader, and connect through the stories that enlighten us. I won't make any promises for rigid posting schedules. I won't even promise what will be posted when. If you're interested in content, I've updated my Weekly Posting page and my little WELCOME blurb on the side bar.
All in all, I'm happy to be back and I'm happy to see YOU here :) I wish you all a wonderful 2018. Now let's go forth and make some fresh footprints in the untrod snow of a fresh, new year.
Here's to Wonder,