Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! - IWSG January 2018

Good morning and Happy New Year!

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,


22 comments:

  1. Glad you rebooted during your time off. So did I.
    Share your other interests. I would've given up on my blog a long time ago if I only focused on writing.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I really appreciate that. It's been such a tug-of-war. I just decided to let both sides win :D

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  2. Isn't it amazing what a little hiatus can do?

    That's a great perspective for time.

    I'm sorry to hear about your auto-immune disorders. I'm glad you're back to blogging, though.

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thank you, Chrys! It was a good time away and really helped me shift focus in a lot of areas. Happy New Year to you!

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  3. Glad you're back. Consistency is not a necessity of life. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. LOL! I like that :D It's good to be back.

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  4. Now that you've return, don't overdo it. Tread gently as you say and move with the flow. Sometimes I think we all overdo it. We forget that we're humans and not robots. I wish you all the best, health wise and that you really take each day easier. I'm learning that lesson too. Hence, I take two naps a day. Each nap 45 minutes to an hour. It's amazing how my day looks when I wake up from one of my naps.
    Have a wonderful and gracious 2018 and don't forget to be gentle to yourself.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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    1. Thank you so much, Pat! Yes, take care of yourself. That's so wonderful that you know what your body needs AND you listen to it. That's something I'm still learning to do but it's a lot easier now then it was twenty years ago! Happy New Year!

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  5. Rebooting and returning is wonderful. So glad you were able to do that. I read Pat's advice, and couldn't agree more. May you have a great 2018 with naps to keep you healthy and on track.

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. This blog community is so wonderful. Happy New Year to YOU!

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  6. Stepping away isn't a bad thing. It's often the only sensible reaction to the world and the rush it demands from us all.

    Or rather, the rush we allow ourselves to believe it demands...

    Be well and care for yourself.

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    1. Thank you very much! I agree with you. It's so easy to let ourselves be swept up in the "hurry and flurry" of "modern life". Sometimes, I feel I'm not cut out for 21st century life! Take care and Happy New Year!

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  7. I need another opportunity to refresh. Just reading this made me feel better though.

    In about another hour or so, I really will be able to leave footprints in the snow.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes! Take time and take care. Did you get some of that snow, too? Savannah is a wonderland! It's been amazing. Happy New Year!

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  8. Love the reboot approach, Jen. Having a chronic illness myself, I need to take a step back and re-connect so thanks for the heartfelt post. Glad you are back and so positive.

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    1. Thank you so much, Roland. Take care of yourself. It's hard to put ourselves first, when life and others either demand or need things from us. But, as someone told me a long time ago, if you aren't taking care of YOU, how can you expect to take care of others? Happy New Year and be well.

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  9. It's nice to see you back blogging. Ten years is a long time! I'm looking forward to seeing the new direction you take the blog in. I'd love to see your art and hear about your thoughts. All the best for the coming year - Ellen

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! I feel more confident this time, like the blog has finally settled. Of course, that's probably just me that's settled and made some peace with the warring faction of my imagination. Happy New Year!

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  10. Two autoimmune disorders sound awful--no wonder it's tough to keep a schedule with your daily health being so unpredictable. I hope 2018 offers some healing directions!

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    1. Thank you so much! I do have some better direction towards healing and I know what's better for my body and what I shouldn't do. Of course, the trick is actually doing the good stuff! Happy New Year!

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  11. Jen, glad you could reboot. I did the same and feel much better. Here's to a healthy and prosperous 2018!

    www.stephentremp.com

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    1. Good for you! And thank you. It's good to step away for a while and reevaluate where you're headed. Happy New Year!

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