Seven years ago, I started this blog. I don’t even remember if it had a name at the time. It was mostly an open journal to my family and friends – and eventually I connected with other bloggers who made this space a more meaningful conversation.
Then one day, I had an identity crisis. I realized everyone and their dog had a blog. All of a sudden people were monetizing their corners of the internet and it all became daunting. It felt like I had arrived at a party I didn’t belong at. I was a college kid that had just made the leap of getting a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. I committed to my love of words at school, but committing to them outside of school seemed much, much less certain.
And since that day, I’ve struggled.
But, this year, I’m finally going to listen to the intuitive voice telling me to stop hiding. It’s time to stop being the completely silent onlooker. It’s time to keep creating my own cozy corner like I set out to many years ago.
I’ve always wanted to add value to the communities I care about. To chase creative whims. To create something tangible. But, my habit has always been to tread softly. In nature, not wanting to disturb the huddle of deer outside our fence or make the fox feel unwelcome. In words, because I’ve always thought them powerful things. In speaking, because I find more joy and connection in listening. I tread delicately, but purposefully. And so here I begin again to document this journey in hopes of community, creativity and deeper connection to simple living. And this is my outstretched hand, beckoning you to go simply & softly with me if you so choose.
“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, and insight — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.”