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Autumn Leaves, They Do Fall

8 September, 2009

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 theΒ 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.

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4 Comments

  • Reply PamNo Gravatar 10 September, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I am insanely jealous that you are in DC for the Book Festival. I want pictures and detailed accounts.

  • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 10 September, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t wait. It’s going to be amazing. Although, I really need to find a copy of Summer Sisters and the Giver to take with me. Hmm… Might have to go check out swaptree.com and/or half.com now. πŸ™‚ I will do my best with pictures and accounts. I’ll likely update on Twitter from the Book Fest, too!

  • Reply janaNo Gravatar 22 September, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    SaraKate,

    I absolutely love fall !! It is weird but it is my favorite time of year, a time that also does energize me creatively πŸ™‚

    It’s nice to learn I’m not alone in this seasonal preference but it goes beyond enjoying the weather and your post made me realize it; it truly is a time of creative energizing.

    I would like to have established a online presence with my professional design portfolio with my etsy vintage shop (have to start; I have so many fun items) and establish a community through collaborative events held at the studio.

    Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

  • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 22 September, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you, Jana, for your thoughtful comment. Please let me know when you’ve got your Etsy shop up and running. I’d love to visit! πŸ™‚

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