A Mini Update and Advice Gleaned from Jane Austen

Ah…Grief Happens…but so does joy!

I’ve missed you guys! I have so much I want to share, but alas, I’m the type who thrives only if I get my 8 hours of sleep, eat my veggies and healthy fats, and move my ass on the regular.

I’ve been quite busy with some of my other writing work and parenting and uncoupling.

Life.

I want balance, but I know that’s not always possible. I’m not sure it’s EVER possible.

It’s more of a rotation, with different front-and-centers vying for the top spot.

Live. Snap.Write., my new site with my friend, Maggie Carlise (photographer, writer, person extroidinare), has been in the works for awhile now. Maggie and I became friends in 2013 through blogging, and it didn’t take long to realize we were kindred spirits, not to mention our lives were serendipitously parallel in numerous ways.

I’m looking forward to doing more in-depth posts, hopefully some travel pieces, and incorporating more multimedia to aid in the creative process, while showcasing my abilities and talents (and those of other artists in the near future) in a way that isn’t always possible on an anonymous blog of a more personal nature. I have A LOT more to add here, but it will have to wait.

I am NOT deserting this space, but my focus has been there more the past few weeks. We recently launched & are working out some new-site stuff and finding our feet. I also recognize that I’m truly excited about the ideas and future of Live.Snap.Write. I think about it and the possibilities, as well as the nuts and bolts required to keep it afloat in its infancy all the time.

But I realized today that I kind of left my GH readers hanging. I dropped the “uncoupling” bomb way back mid-December, and then never posted an update. I selectively opted to talk about the weather in following posts — metaphorically speaking of course.

Here’s a snippet: Things are okay. We’re living together, coparenting, and figuring out the logistics. That’s it. No drama really. Nothing. And we’re getting along for the most part. We had a very open discussion, and tensions that had been brewing came to a head shortly before Christmas. I assured Gil that I had no plans to take the kids away from him, and I shared some of my personal concerns that I’ll have to elaborate on later, and we both felt better.

Communication.

Dialogue.

Whoa!!!! Who knew something so novel was the ticket to an amicable separation?

Now, before you get all excited and think this means we might as well get back together…just hold up.

Gil and I very much need separation.

There are things I haven’t shared on this blog and really have no plans to, so you’ll just have to trust me.

I am also HIGHLY aware that this process, however long it might take, will not be easy.

For now though, I’m waking up and breathing with a calmness I haven’t known in years, and for that I am grateful.

I’m resisting the urge to write more, but I have to scoot.

Check out Live. Snap. Write. and Maggie’s latest post, The Pride & Prejudice 6-Point Manual for a Productive New Year.

I hope you’ll follow us over there. In sum, it’s a place for things that move us — art, music, words, a walk in your neighborhood, the options are endless. We will most certainly be looking for guest bloggers in the future. We’re not taking formal ideas and submissions yet, but think about what moves you. We want to showcase other artists, and it would thrill me beyond belief to highlight some of my Grief Happens friends’ work.

We’re still working out some site formatting and details, but this intro  gives more info about the site.

Check out more of Maggie’s work on her personal blog. You’ll be glad you did.

Happy 2016! Have I said that yet? If so, well, there it is again. No resolutions for me this year — just trying to love me as I am, and spend my energy on the things that move me and the people I love.

What about you? What are you doing/working on/accepting/whatever in the new year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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