Where I Have Been

It’s embarrassing to log in to start a new blog post and realize it’s been nearly two months since I’ve written. I feel like I owe you an explanation.

If only I had one.

There was the “I’m going to write a novel and I don’t have time to blog” moment. I only got 5,000 words down.

I took 10 days off to pray and focus with a few friends around the world. Words were received and given, to be sure, but I posted none of them here. In fact, I’ve kept many of them all to myself, promises I’m owning but holding close to the chest.

And then there was the surprise—to me and my mom—trip to Iowa to celebrate Thanksgiving and my mom’s 60th birthday in one fell swoop. Six more days, accounted for. But the rest?

“Time flies” is such a cliche, but it just does. I’ve settled into a routine, changeable and busy though it may be, the last couple of months: work, life, service, other work, friends, third job work, etc. Having a career best described as “a little bit of this, a little bit of that” doesn’t sound like it would lend itself to creativity-numbing routine, but here we are. Here I’ve been. Since October 28, apparently.

As 2010 winds down, I’ve been thinking a lot about what fosters creativity and what prevents it—and how I can encourage the former. Like so much in life, I think it comes down to a combination of choosing faith, stepping out of fear, and just sheer face-like-flint determination (e.g., actually putting my fingers on the keyboard rather than thinking philosophically about the creative process.)

I’m not a huge “new year’s resolution” setter; if I realize something in my life needs to change, I’d rather start working on it immediately than push it off. But this is a good time of year to take stock. I’m gearing up with renewed energy to focus on true priorities and up the ante on my dreams next year. I’m putting the big rocks in the jar today, and one of those is writing.

So, I’ll endeavor to not disappear on you in the months to come. And if I do, feel free to ask me, “Where are you?” We all need a priority realignment once in a while. Believing for each of you, and for myself, the faith, courage, and strength to boldly pursue your dreams in 2011.


4 Responses to “Where I Have Been”

  1. 1 Jeff Crabtree 18 December 2010 at 22:14

    Get to work 🙂

  2. 3 Kim 19 December 2010 at 01:48

    “sheer face-like flint determination”. Here’s to 2011 🙂

  1. 1 When in Rome… Or, perhaps, Hartford « Traveling Light Trackback on 18 December 2010 at 23:43

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