Thursday, July 17, 2008

changes are afoot

I've always liked that word, " afoot." I like it because it conjures up delicious images of things that are slightly unusual. Nothing ordinary is ever 'afoot.'

After months of teeth-gritting or lip-pursing or stomach-knotting or eyes rolling or suck-it-upping, we are finally getting closer to some big changes in our lives. We are finally (oh holy moly praise be FINALLY) nearly done our website. (Watch this space!) I am embracing Jessie's Be Brave Project in a way that frightens me to my toes (watch this space, too!) I am working on draft three of my book (clear a space!!) (Anyone know a good agent who would be interested in a deliciously feminine and unusual book?) AND we are getting married in 11 weeks. Yup. Change is happening whether we are ready for it or not.

I am sitting here still quite unsure about it all. I have been 'holding on' for so long that now my brain doesn't know how to do nervous excitement anymore. I have been 'muddling through' for so long that I have forgotten how to look things straight in the eye. But it is all coming. And the past few weeks have just shown me AGAIN that life and all of its ups and downs is fleeting and precious. I've known that for a long time but losing Faye has just reminded me that I must not take it all for granted. It's good stuff, this life thing. As Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!"

For over three years we have been working towards these dreams. We had forgotten to stop and look around. We didn't realize how close things were until this week. It has felt never-ending. But changes are afoot, my friends! Lots of them are coming. Just wait'll you see!!

(I needed some inspiration so I picked up book and opened it to a random page. Here is what I found:

"Push yourself beyond when you think you are done with what you have to say. Go a little further. Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of the beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that something strong comes out... I give this advice out of pure experience. Go further than you think you can." - Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

OOh, goosebumps! Thank you Natalie!)


[UPDATE: Have you seen this? Go here and look around. I think I am going to sign up when I start my Be Brave challenge.)


daisies said...

i adore natalie goldberg and oh my gosh the excitement flying off this page sends out such amazing energy :)

i am so excited for all your beautiful delicious changes ... beautiful you, xo

Claire said...

Exciting times afoot indeed! What fabulosity!


Kirsten Michelle said...

i'm watching and waiting...
sending you love and support as your dreams move closer and closer to fruition!!! i'm so excited for you!!!
omg...only 11 more weeks until you get married...only 11 more weeks to fall colours...that's crazy ;-)
thanks for the inspiring links, sweetie...
goodness, this post has really kick-started my day in a most positive direction.
love to you!!!

robin-bird said...

i adore natalie goldberg too! her "long quiet highway" changed my life when i read it! your excitement is like sparks sending out electrical currents. isn't it an amazing feeling when all you have thought you were waiting for is now, right now on the radar and you have to shift into another gear altogether to catch up with yourself!? it is a thrill to witness from here too! i will watch in all the right places for the coming avalanche of change in your life megg!!

Brandi said...

oh my-thanks for sharing the link! And thank you for your inspiring bravery!

Jessie said...

honey, i can feel it in my bones!!! you are going to be wildly successful. are you ready for it? :)

i love you!

email coming your way soon.

Elizabeth said...

I love the Natalie Goldberg quote! I was fortunate to be able to attend a Natalie Goldberg workshop in Taos, New Mexico at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House for five days a few years back. She was a wonder in person! I had an amazing experience and wish I could back.

I can't wait to see what you're working on with the website.


Annie said...

Oh wow. Exciting things are in store for us. We can watch a dream unfold before our eyes. Kudos!!