The Magnificent Disappearing Girl.

Hey, remember me?? Whew! It’s been a while- I have to say, last semester kind-of ripped the rug out from under me. It was great in so many ways, but left me with little time for anything other than parenting and writing. I wrapped up the semester on December…15th, maybe? And I haven’t looked back- the kids and I have been getting into all sorts of mischief, my brothers are both home, and the entire house has been in full swing for the holidays. However, now that the thrill of Christmas has wound down, and with New Year’s a mere day away, I thought it was about time I sat down and shared a bit of our goings-on with all of you.

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Got all that? Good 🙂

Really, though, we’ve been a busy group. J & C are both hitting major milestones (Jack is potty training, Cal is crib training and learning to walk), and that’s kept me on my toes. I also have some incredible opportunities in the spring, the preparation for which has been extremely nerve-racking.

Earlier this semester I was invited to join a writing workshop led by one of my favorite professors. It’s probably the biggest personal success I could reasonably hope for right now, and so of course it has also been a source of anxiety. I’m not sure why, but I have a lot of trouble just being happy with an opportunity or event. I always anticipate things falling apart or that somehow I’ll make a mess of the situation and ruin it for myself. It has a lot to do with my anxiety, which ends up inevitably filtering into most areas of my life. I’ve been making a serious effort to reign it in, because I would really like to be able to just relax and enjoy the good things that are coming to me.

I have also been invited to facilitate a writing workshop at the art studio (Alchemy Open Studio) beginning mid-January, and have been putting loose prompts and plans together for that as well. Again, more worry that I’ll somehow mess it up, but I’m fortunate to have some excellent supports that have given me wonderful ideas and feedback, so I feel a little more grounded.

I am also finishing the last bits and pieces of my transfer applications, preparing to do some training for volunteer work with a local women’s shelter, and writing, which is my greatest source of stress, frustration, and satisfaction. It’s not been an easy winter! However, I’m feeling so, so fortunate to have these incredible opportunities. It’s interesting- I didn’t seek any of these things out. They truly did walk up right under my nose and present themselves to me. However, I don’t think our paths would have crossed had it not been for the hard work I have put in up to this point, so I guess in a way I these are earned blessings.

This week is all about winding down and recovering. I’m hoping to get back on the blogging wagon, but please be patient with me as I navigate my new schedule. On Tuesday I am attending a two-hour yoga session led by a master yogi, followed by a free screening of Forks Over Knives and FREE (!!!!!) Cinnamon Snail food, so I’ll try to snap some pictures and fill you all in on that experience. For now, I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. See you all in the new year!

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