I have spoken before about my love of books, and reading, and words themselves (although I must get back into the habit of sharing my monthly reading list), and the fact that I went back to university to pursue this love down a more professional path.
Yesterday I took another leap in the professional direction and met with some lovely people at a local arts organisation about interning in their offices early next year. Guess what? I start in February! Now, it is only one day per week, and only for a semester, but I am sowing the seeds in the great earth of the universe and seeing what grows.
Small steps, but steps none-the-less, towards my longer term vision of living my life among words and pages, and the people dedicated to them. I feel a tingling of excitement, of chances and choices ahead. I finally feel like I am steering myself along a course authentic to who I am inside. I am growing into my own skin. Stretching out the places that need strengthening and nourishment. Paring back the parts that have become a little too chunky and overindulged. I am living my life with love, filling it with that which feeds me, and seeking out the good, the inspirational, the hopeful.
This Monday I handed in my last assignment for the year. I owe a debt of gratitude (and baking) to my wonderful family and friends (including my ‘virtual’ best friends – you know who you are ladies) who have nursed me through this first academic year and put up with my near-manic episodes of talking about all things writing, editing, and publishing. Thank you for your patience with this want-to-be word doctor, and your skills in encouraging me when I seemed lost in a cyber-trance of essay writing at 3am.
I feel a little unsure now. I have 100 days of summer to enjoy, and many exciting plans to fill at least the next six weeks. Expect to see a lot of baking, two weddings and assorted celebrations (my two best friends are both getting married in December!), and more running and adventures. Also, probably a lot of musing and navel-gazing (as is my nature).
Tomorrow the pre-wedding celebrations begin for my darling Casey, as we head up the coast for a girl’s weekend. Cooling on the kitchen bench right now are the Cumin and Thyme Scones that she favours with her aged cheddar (recipe tomorrow). I plan on walking on the beach, sipping a glass of wine by the pool, catching up with friends, and spoiling Casey silly all weekend.
My darling reader, have you any exciting news to share with me? Any weekend plans?