Wow! It’s the first day of school and for the first time in twelve years, I didn’t even realize it! No longer does my body wake up at 5:30 a.m without the help of an alarm clock, no longer do I keep track of the date (or the day, for that matter) of the week, no more “Thursday is Part 1 of the weekend” thinking and no more Septembers, heralding the beginning of a new rhythm in my life. I even forgot to phone my grandson on his first day of school because it just didn’t occur to me.
What September, 2011 means to me is that I have been officially writing full time for one full year. Two hundred and seventy blog posts and one written and continually rewritten book later, I can honestly say that I have never felt so fulfilled and “in the right place” as I do now. I LOVE writing and I am so thankful for every day that I get to do what I love to do.
I am so thankful that I serve a creative, out of the box God, who has shown Himself to me in simple, yet awe-filled moments of my days. Thank you, Father God for helping me to choose to slow my life down so that I can stop and take it all in.
I am so thankful for a wonderful, supportive husband who edits my blogs, listens to me talk through my head full of ideas and is willing to take the financial risk of having me continue down this unknown, unpredictable road. His love and patience communicates wholeheartedly that he believes in what I am doing and I can not express how much I love and appreciate his presence and partnership. Thank you Chris – from the bottom of my heart – thank you.
I am so thankful for a wonderful group called OVERFLOW, who are the guinea pigs for my book. Every time that we meet together, I am blessed by your love, enthusiasm and authenticity. I love each of you very much and I know that God is up to something BIG with this crazy group of older and younger women.
I am so thankful for friends and family who have encouraged me to continue down this book writing path. Your uplifting emails, comments and prayer continue to keep me afloat and inspire me.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to play with words and sentences. As I’ve stumbled around, trying to discover my writing voice this year, I have been swept into this incredible process of learning how to communicate ideas with passion and truth. It just couldn’t get any better than this.
It’s been a year of adventure and self discipline, some growing pains and some delights…but never boring.
Things will be a little different this coming year because I hope to be working fifteen or twenty hours/week here in Beaverton as well as doing some tutoring in the evenings. But hopefully, most of my days will continue to be filled with creative thoughts and inspired writing.
My heart is bursting with thanksgiving this afternoon as I head out to a generous friend’s cottage for two days of intense writing and some good cycling… no Internet, no phone, no TV and no people… in other words, no distractions.
I’m looking forward to the solitude and the hard work. (but I’ll blog from the Minden library)
A new year is unfolding and I wonder what God is going to do!