I don’t do New Year Resolutions… but I do take stock in my life around my birthday in early December and then try to spend time in careful reflection during the holidays in order to decide if I am on the right path or not. What areas of my life need to speed up? to slow down? To be thrown away? To be laid gently aside for a bit? To be held tightly?
This year is no different.
For the most part, I am very pleased with my life and my choices.
In 2018, I finished my Copy Editing Certificate from UC Santa Barbara… and I have started to get a few paying gis as a copy editor. This has been a longtime dream and I am really excited to keep fine tuning my skills and help people wrangle their words.
I also started a podcast about books and movies. This was another longtime dream that has finally come to life. I had been waiting for the right time, cohost, and subject… and I really feel like I have somehow found the perfect recipe!
AND I started writing again. Not much, but the occasional blurb or vignette… and boy howdy does that fed my soul.
Those are all the good professional bits…
On the other side of things, I had spent 2017 and the first half of 2018 in my “time of no” trying not to take on more projects or commitments… and over the summer I started saying yes to things again… and I said yes to too many things. Which lands me in the uncomfortable spot of having to now disentangle myself from commitments to teams and committees that I was honored to be a part of. But if GCV taught me anything, it is that you have to step back when your passion is pulling you away. You can half-ass a bunch of things… but isn’t it better to whole ass the things you really care about?
And my whole ass needs to be doing WORD STUFF in terms of copy editing, podcasting, and writing.
I’m keeping CVAAS because I feel uniquely useful there and UU SM because I know that the load is heavy enough for those I share it with.
Which means I have to step away from UUPC and UU MM. (And yeah, I know these acronyms mean nothing to most of you, sorry.) I have written and rewritten my resignation letters a dozen times and am trying to get them sent by the end of the year.
So here’s to the end of the year and the beginning of the next. May your future be bright with possibilities and cluttered with happy memories!