Tuesday, January 10, 2017

{Sigh.} #sol17

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I don't even know where to begin ... as I stare at the daunting white space and the blink-blink-blinking curser.  {Sigh.}

Weeks have passed. Life has taken over. I'm sitting somewhere between busy and exhausted. I haven't been writing, or even thinking about writing.  Even though writing has brought me so much joy over the last six years.

Last week I received an email from Carol, just checking in, missing my voice, making sure I'm ok. {Sigh.}

My goal was to start writing and slicing again last week.  New year, fresh start. I know March will sneak up quickly, and I need (and want) to get into the rhythm of writing again.  I have stories to share, words to play with, memories to capture.

I had a plan scribbled in my new notebook (a beautiful gift from my six year old daughter).  I was going to share my one little word for the new year, as I know many of you did.  But sickness decided to creep into our house and stay awhile.  Days later I changed my one little word.  And today I sit pondering it again. I'm thinking it's not quite the word that I need this year. {Sigh.}

Things happen for a reason. And I know that I need to continue to work on balancing this life of wife, mom, daughter, teacher, friend, and just plain old me, who happens to love reading and writing. I'm gifting myself time and grace, lots of grace.

Then just yesterday I received a message from Terje, just checking in, hoping that I will slice today. {Sigh.}

And, so, I sit and just write, knowing I'm saying so little, yet so much. Sometimes this is what it takes for stories and writers and me to grow again.


  1. That connection to others - their checking in and encouragement is priceless. Whatever you do as you seek balance in this new year, always keep writing and your writing friends close. So grateful for this space! Your piece reminds me why so clearly. Thanks for sharing today.

  2. You know I could have written this, right? One Tuesday at a time. And you did write and post, so you have started :)

  3. I'm glad you're here. I always enjoy reading your posts and they have inspired me. You needed a break but you didn't quit and that is perfectly fine! ~Amy

  4. I fully understand that life gets busy and it makes it difficult to fit everything in from the what needs to be done to what we wish to do. I have missed you in this space, missed reading your stories, missed following how your girls are growing, missed your poetry. I am glad you are here today.

  5. Sometimes writing about "nothing" says so much. I think many if not all of us have been where you are. Sometimes it is just hard to get started again, but it does happen. Welcome back.

  6. We all need gifts of time and grace - good for you that you did just this.

  7. I honestly don't see how mothers with young ones work full time! I praise you for your strength and stamina. Maybe your word would be Sigh...and just taking some time our for you! Glad to see you writing again.

  8. Glad you scheduled time to write. I know how much it means to you and how much we all benefit from your words. Love you, Mom

  9. Yay, I'm so glad you did it! I've been missing your stories! :-) And I loved your first lines... you captured that intimidating moment of STARTING so perfectly! This is just the kind of story that needs to be told again and again... because writing is hard, and life is hard, but it is so worth it. And we all need to know that we are not alone in how hard it is!

  10. Hurray! Glad you wrote yesterday!!!!


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