While the snow falls gently outside my parent’s home here in Colorado I am mentally preparing myself for returning to my own home after nearly 3 weeks of holiday traveling. I’m looking forward to stepping back into things after this much needed break.
I’ve recently spent some time writing down all the things I want to work on going forward. While this is New Years and the time when we all tend to make resolutions, it also happens to be, for me, a time when one big thing has essentially finished, giving me mental and physical room to ponder new things and directions. Thoughts of ‘what’s next?’ are filling my head.
Most of what I want to change or start, involve revisiting things that I used to do all the time, but in the last 12 months have given up in order to make way for a book to pour out of me. So in a way, I feel like I am re-capturing myself while also trying to envision the new.
I am profoundly changed by having completed this book project. I feel a lightness and a sense of accomplishment for having completed something huge and then there is the relief of getting this ‘thing’ out of my brain and transformed into something real. And, I can’t underestimate the value of having learned so much and meeting so many great people along the way.
As I find my way through this swirl there are, however, a few things that I have determined for sure.
1) Studio ‘g’ is here to stay and I looking forward not only to being here (as I have missed this) but re-discovering my passions, goals, and myself in writing here. I am also working on a significant site makeover and upgrade that you will see roll out iteratively in the coming months.
2) Leaf Magazine is done. I loved creating it but it needed to evolve and as with many 1.0 versions….it is being scrapped to make room for a fresh start – One that has learned from all the lessons that initial effort taught.
3) I am going to continue to work and make a career in media related Garden and Outdoor Lifestyle ventures. My future projects include Leaf Magazine 2.0 (though it won’t be called that…but I am actively working on a new publication that is tentatively scheduled to release late spring 2014). (Lots more to come on that). There will also be more barn classes and events, and maybe even more books (as I loved the work behind this most recent project and I can’t wait until you all get to see the fruits of my labors in Aug/ Sept of 2014). And hopefully there will also be some unexpected surprises – I love surprises.
How about you? What are your thoughts on the new year? Have you got anything interesting in the works?
image: Linda Walter for Studio ‘g’.
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