A freeze warning was issued for the Deep South yesterday. I can’t believe it’s November already. Back in January, an intuitive friend of mine told me that this would be the year of new beginnings. I scoffed at the time, completely unaware of her accuracy rate.
It’s true that 2015 has been a milestone in many ways. Earlier this year, I pared down to the bare essentials. I quit a number of things that meant a great deal to me. Deadlines, self-imposed and otherwise, have kept my adrenalin flowing for over three years. When I think about it now, I’m astonished at my creative output. It was time for a break to regroup and set new goals for myself.
I spent two months reading classic books that have been on my list for years, including “To Kill a Mockingbird.” How did I live in Alabama for so long without reading Harper Lee’s novel? After I rectified that situation, I set up a filing system for writing projects, drafts, emails and other essential papers. While I was doing that, I created a multi-year career plan that included doable goals. I can definitely track my progress with this new plan.
Meanwhile, I also had some extraordinary experiences during the summer. I don’t want to say too much about what’s been happening yet, except that it’s changed how I view myself, as well as my capabilities. I think the key word is empowerment. And I’ve gotten plenty of encouragement and support from people around me that I’m on the right path.