With the beginning of a new month and a new season, my calendar is looking like a school chalkboard, full of letters and numbers, assignments and meetings. However, instead of using it as an excuse to ignore my blog, I’m really hoping to use it as motivation to keep a record of all the amazing things I’m learning and activities I’m becoming involved in. It’s been far too long since I’ve been able to devote the time I’d like to this blog, but the time has come for a re-dedication of sorts.
Even with the multitude of things I have planned for work and personal benefit in the next few months, I am optimistic about the projects I am working on. While work brings meetings, graphics projects, web management and development, awards orders and travel, my personal schedule is even more involved, peppered with social engagements for dinner with friends, getting books signed at the National Book Festival, visiting the Virginia Wine Festival, ushering for the DC Shorts Film Festival, National Novel Writing Month (in which I will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in just thirty days), not to mention that my roommate and I are working teaching a curriculum at our church starting in January (entitled: Building Your Own Theology) and putting on a production of the Vagina Monologues.
I have a lot more energy in the autumn for creative ventures and feel, as if a I were in school, it is time to reconnect with friends, with academia, and with the full schedule that occupies time in the cold, dark, winter months. When the leaves start to change and the children go back to school, when the days get shorter and the nights get longer, my creativity runs wild. I put layers of clothing together in ways I may never have thought to do before. Instead of using tried-and-true recipes, I experiment with cooking and baking. When I’m stuck inside, I dig out my paints, I play with Photoshop, I scribble in my Moleskine.
Right now, I’m reveling in gray skies, afternoons in coffee shops, and the list of projects I will accomplish in the next few months. What projects, events, or plans are you looking forward to? Mine include a 50,000-word novel, four successful meetings at work, completing pages for our new website, and finalized plans for the adult religious education curriculum my roommate and I are running in January.