One of my professional goals this summer is to get ahead on my blog posts. So far I’m failing miserably at this. We’ve been out of internet since 6:17 am. It’s back (but slow) and I’m blogging, hoping I start accomplishing my blog-ahead goal soon. So for tonight’s post you get a little collection of random thoughts.
- I spent some time looking at a keynote I delivered in 2010. I came across this quote by Brene Brown: “I’m convinced that owning our story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing we can do.” It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
- I’ve been hearing/reading/thinking about authors who have multiple projects in the works at one time. I am currently one of those writers, and I’m not so sure I appreciate the multiple-project perspective. Many writers talk about how this is energizing to them and part of their process. I find myself feeling like there isn’t enough time and I’m spinning my wheels not really moving forward. Although, at the same time, I feel like my creativity floodgates are wide open. Perhaps this is due to multiple projects in the works.
- I’m scared…like totally scared.…to deliver this upcoming keynote. It’s a big message. It’s an important message. And I hope I don’t mess it up. I think this is what Linda Urban meant in Hound Dog True (that Colby Sharp is making famous) when she wrote, “You can’t have brave without scared.” Right now I’m just feeling scared. I’m hoping brave comes around soon.
- My friend Barb Bean suggested I read Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. I’m in the middle of it and WOW. In fact, it’s the main reason I’m ending this post…so I can grab a few more pages before bed. (I’m using it as a bribe for myself. Hannah wants to read a book that I asked her to let me read ahead of her. She’s chomping at the bit to read it and doesn’t seem to care that I’m in the middle of one of the best books I’ve read for awhile. So I get a few pages in Okay For Now every time I read five chapters in her book.)
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