It’s the start of a new year, and for whatever reason, this seems to bring out the “nesting” instinct in me. I realize that “nesting” is a term used to describe the anticipation that expectant mothers go through just before they give birth – evidenced by a burst of energy and a desire to organize and prepare for the baby’s arrival. I went through this with each of my children, and the new year is making me feel the same way. I have great anticipation and expectancy which seems to be manifesting in a strong desire to organize and prioritize several areas of my life.
All of this was accompanied by some personal introspection and reflection over the past few weeks. I took time away from my usual activities to listen to my heart and also spent time in prayer to listen to God’s heart. There are several things that I know about myself – I love to create, write and teach. God wired that into me, and these things have always been part of my life in one form or another.
When I was 12 years old, I had a strong desire to start a magazine for kids. At that time, I did not have access to even so much as a typewriter, so my first “magazine” was written by hand on one sheet of paper. I took that piece of paper around to my friends in the neighborhood and asked if they would like to subscribe for the bargain basement price of only a quarter. Not surprisingly, I didn’t get any takers – but it did not diminish that love and passion for writing.
It also might not surprise you to learn that my first job at the age of 15 was at a community newspaper where I soon settled into the position as a typesetter. This was back in the days before desktop computers and when newspapers were still being cut and pasted and laid out by hand. Typesetting taught me how to read quickly – and how to type just as quickly – because our days were punctuated by printing deadlines that required us to work at a fast pace. I also learned a lot about editing, writing, spelling and grammar – and even a little about graphic design, marketing and advertising. It was probably one of the most educational jobs I had ever had considering that I pretty much stayed in my seat and typed up to 14 hours a day for 14 years of my life. Looking back now, I realize that this was my training ground for later writing exploits.
I am sharing all of this because it led me to make a recent decision to change my course where it concerns The Laughing Cabin. This year, I am getting back onto the path of pursuing my passions and clearing out some of the things that served as distractions – and detractions. I am making the “main thing” the “main thing.” That means you will be seeing more writing from me this year – which is one of the reasons why I have redesigned my entire blog. I wanted to give it a “magazine” vibe as a nod to that 12 year old girl in me who has never let go over her dream. She wants to write, and I’m going to let her loose.
I will also be spending more time in the workshop, so you will also be seeing more handmade creations. Lately, I have been fascinated with making signs. I think it’s because I love words and the impact they can have or the sentiments they can evoke. But, signs will not be the only things that I will be making. I am going to allow creative inspiration to carry me — so anything goes.
One last thing that I hope to do is to inspire you to participate in the sense of community that I am attempting to create through The Laughing Cabin. I want you to know and feel that you are an important part of everything that I write and create. I welcome your comments and thoughts and love to hear from you, so please do use the comment threads on this blog or on my Facebook page. I read your comments and love to interact with you. You inspire me!
Until next time! ~ Susan