Well, it's the middle of March. I've survived my first real season of winter weather. I've driven in the snow. I've slipped and fallen on the icy sidewalks too many times to count and I've learned an awful lot about myself in the process.
- I really like sunshine. I crave it. I'm not myself without it.
- When I moved here in the middle of August, I did not own a single pair of warm socks. I do now. I don't like having cold feet. I mean that literally and figuratively. The first time I saw a "2 degrees" on the weather app on my phone I nearly fainted.
- My friend, Karin, told me "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear." She's right. But, I feel like I spent way too much time dressing and undressing... hats, scarves, gloves, jackets... It's a lot to keep track of!
- With each new season, I felt like I was starting at the beginning, a new-comer all over again. I had to find new things to do, new things to wear...
Last weekend was daylight savings. That extra hour of daylight has made me so excited. It's 8pm right now and still light out!
The winter, here in Boise, is strange and beautiful in it's own way. Especially here, in my neighborhood. It seems like everyone goes into hibernation. The neighbors I used to run into all the time are no longer out and about. The truth is, it's not possible to have the same active, outdoor lifestyle because of the weather.
I noticed my own rhythm changed drastically. As the temperatures dropped and the daylight dwindled, certain things that I had always done - like blogging - slipped away and I barely noticed.
Did you know that when it snows, you can no longer see the lines in the road... it sounds silly, but these are things I'd never thought of before. This winter has felt like a really intense time of soul searching, a time of asking big questions and looking for direction.
- Why exactly did I move here?
- What do I hope to accomplish?
- What do I want my life to look like?
- What am I specifically and uniquely positioned to offer the world?
So, what's the answer?
It's a lot of things. But, most of it seems to fall in line with the thing that I'm most passionate about: Storytelling. I love a great story. I love helping others find the story they were meant to tell.
I've been rearranging this website and slowly working on Wild Quarterly, so that they are both in line with that passion. I've also been working on a few book proposals... who knows, next year's hibernation could be totally different.
I hope you'll stay tuned!
This is not the End,