The first six months, I did a lot of crossing my fingers and hoping good things would happen. I started slowly back into my practice as a massage therapist, and affirmed that yes, I really do like doing this work. I connected with some awesome people, found a great office to work in, and all of the people who already knew and respected me helped give me the first little push. I started teaching writing workshops, and realized there are parts of that I really love too, so I started offering more workshops.
After that first six months, I realized I actually needed to figure out how to grow, how to meet new people, how to reach beyond the small, beautiful world I'd wrapped myself safely into.
Then a good friend with an exceptional mind asked me to beta test a new interactive program he's writing, all about how to attain those out-of-reach, elusive goals, and stop talking about wanting something, and instead put that energy toward actions that would actually make it happen.
I was, I admit, a little suspicious. I said yes mostly because it was a friend asking. And then secondarily because there were these things I wanted to make happen and I was a little done with my own ideas.
The hardest part was clarifying what my specific goal was going to be. There were so many things I was working on. Ultimately, growing my massage practice won out over writing workshops. My writing brain was being fed and sometimes overfed by the MFA that I'm still finishing, so it made sense to focus my business energy on my massage practice. I set my specific goal and I set it high, questioning myself over and over about whether I'd set it too high, but also knowing I really wanted to meet that goal. Then every day for thirty days, I read the content and followed the instructions of The Change Monsters. Go ahead, click on that link. You'll meet the insanely adorable monsters that became my friends and cheerleaders along the way. My entire focus and energy became reoriented toward that specific goal.
The date I had set to meet my specific goal was June 15th. I actually met the goal three weeks earlier.
There have been a few cases of neglect along the way. My blog being one of them. Many thanks to those of you who let me know you missed seeing my posts. Re-activating the blog in a consistent way is definitely part of the goal for the next six months so you can be sure you'll see more of me here, bit by bit.
I'm now on an extension to complete my thesis for my MFA by July 20th. To all of my wonderful friends who have tolerated my self-imposed social restriction for the last few months, hang in there for one more month! I'll resurface soon and be desperately in need of some good summer hiking and beach adventures.
For tonight, I'm going to celebrate the success of completing my first year. And a toast to all of you who have stuck around to keep reading this! Thank you!