There's a post-it-note on my laptop that says: "Stop writing essays and start writing about life." If I remember correctly, it had to do with me wanting to write shorter, lighter posts, here.
It may seem silly, or simply unfathomable for those of you who've never had an online journal, but for whatever reason, this here, is where I've recorded much of what happened, what I thought of, how I felt, at any point in the last seven years.
Rather than in my many small notebooks, for birds and plants, for travel, for lists, for days, for nights and dreams, my blog has been the most consistent log I've ever kept of my actual life. What writer doesn't like their own personal media, to write about whatever they like, whenever they like? To have some small accountability to not write absolute drivel, to not simply dwell on frustrations, or over-indulge in one's feelings, because someone, somewhere is reading.
Maybe it's the place I now find myself in life, or the place I am as a writer, but suddenly, all I seem to produce, when I sit down and open this blog window: essays, recipes, manifestos, advice, announcements of big, important things. Maybe it's this year, The Year of Big, Important things. Terrible, beautiful things, rolling over us all like waves.
This has been the year, of starting, and completing big projects. I've stepped into teaching in wider arenas, made a huge little movie, started work on two projects that will possibly span years, opened a business in the realm of both Tarot, and herbalism. Our family will even end 2015 with a bang, as on his birthday my husband will take over the business he's been partners in for two years, as a sole proprietor.
So maybe in about a five days, I will have run out of announcements, and even essays, but for now, here's one more:
I'm excited and honored to teach at this coming summer's 4th Annual Spirit Weavers Gathering. Another big, wild thing, I did not see coming six months ago. I will teach my Tarot reading class "Make Magic Every Day", "Wild Knowledge", a wildcrafting class centered around bio-regionalism, conservation, talking to plants, and kitchen medicine, but most importantly "Root Medicine: Ancestral Remembrance and Folk Herbalism"with my dear Amber of Aquarian Dawn.
It's been an exciting, powerful, changeling year. It's been wild. And I have a strange feeling, that next year is going to be more of the same...