I have a new look over here, a new pic (that's a green tree frog I'm holding... frogs are a big part of my novel, With A Name Like Love)
and, a new bend this summer....
As you know, this has been primarily a writing related blog. I have, and continue to, meet amazing people who have taught, inspired and encouraged me along this sometimes bumpy but always amazing path to publication. You have been a blessing, truly.
But, this summer I want to take a teeny, tiny break from all things writing-related
and talk about my Summer of Service Challenge.
This summer, starting Monday, June 14, I will try to do and chronicle one act of service each week. Some weeks may be simple, small things, other weeks might be more thought out and scheduled events.
Why am I doing this?
Lately I've been struggling with what I am writing and blogging about. I have learned that, when I put myself aside and focus on others, quite often my life becomes more focused and balanced. My mom calls it 'losing yourself in the service of others'.
What do I hope to accomplish?
I hope to find some clarity by taking the pressure and focus off of my writing. I will still be writing and I will still be blogging, but I'm easing up a little bit in an effort to free the muse.
I sincerely hope to inspire you to join me. You may not choose to do an act of service every week, but maybe you will do one once in a while and report back here.
I also think we often don't know how we can serve or where we can serve. We are intimidated by the process and the fear of the unknown. I hope to shine a little light on the process (how do we reach out, anyway?) and encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and join me.
So... Monday posts will be a motivation, maybe a plan and Friday posts will be a weekly report from me and hopefully (in the comments) from you, too!
Questions: Will you think about joining me even once in a while? Build up a little of that good karma and maybe free the muse in the process? Report back here and share our experiences?