Today is the 30th day in my 30 day BLOG ALONG, and it’s also my 49th birthday!
For the last 30 days, I have reacquainted myself with the habit of writing out my inner landscape in an attempt to document my life but also to provide something useful, uplifting, or shame busting to my readership.
I have not missed a day. Not one. I’m CHUFFED! My e-list grew by just a shade over 500 people (thank you!), and I have become ever more certain that writing is a thing *I must do* for myself in order to keep my brain gremlins at bay.
And anyone who joined me, even if you only managed to post a few more times than usual, CONGRATULATIONS! You should be chuffed, too!
So, where do we go from here?
I’m going to continue blogging as often as my little heart desires. You can, too. We have a Facebook Group set up with a ‘share one, comment on three’ rule of thumb that means that we can find new bloggers, and cultivate relationships with one another. It’s lovely, and you’re welcome to join us.
I will be hosting another Blog Along in April of 2018, so stay tuned for that.
Meanwhile, my chosen theme for the month of October will be “REVEL”.
This is what I wrote for my students in Book Of Days for this month’s musings:
“This time of year often makes me think of ‘releasing’, or ‘letting go’ because here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are watching the earth do just that. It is shedding all the finery of summer in a glorious gold and amber dance we call Autumn. As the leaves fall, we might contemplate our own mortality, or the things we are willing to shed in preparation for winter, or what worked throughout the first three quarters of the year, and what didn’t.
October in Canada is especially full of revelry, though. We have Thanksgiving this month, and then Halloween (known better to us witchy folk as Samhain). It is a month of putting the year to bed along with the gardens, fields, and summer clothes, yes, but it is also a month of acknowledging what we’ve accomplish, what seeds grew, what we were able to nourish into fruition, what we are grateful for.
I don’t often talk about revelry. I’m a fairly serious girl with a fairly serious self-inquiry practice that can look a little too much like a lot of work on the outside looking in, but I want you to know that I know how to revel.
I know how to be in a moment and really take it in. I know how to make ordinary moments special with a bit of candlelight and mindfulness. I know how to look back with an equal measure of self-awareness around what I’ve triumphed over, and what has triumphed over me. I know how to count my losses. You guys know this about me by now. But I also know how to count my blessings, my joys, my kudos. I know how to give myself moments of pure, unadulterated chuffed up pride over a thing I did. I know how to dance around a fire, offering my sweat and gratitude to the all that is in the form of movement.
Reveling in ourselves has never really been encouraged. Oh, we’re allowed to say that we rocked a thing, but we must usually add some kind of disclaimer. I rocked it, but I could have done better. Or I rocked it, but I didn’t get this part exactly right. Or I rocked it, but I was *lucky*. Disclaimers are thieves of joy. They minimize the things we have every right to be proud of until they are mere ashes. We burn them down with apologies and if onlys and maybe next times and onward, ho! I want to take a second here to thank Renee Magnusson (again!) for her work around the ‘sin’ of pride in the Seven Sins Tour, because she really helped me see the ways I do this, and *stop*. She has another tour coming up on October 15, and if you have issues at all with being ‘virtuous’ over being authentic, or being pleasant over being fiercely self-loving, do it. You won’t regret it.
This month, I’d like us all to revel without apology.
I’d like to invite and encourage you to take stock of what you have accomplished so far this year and really pat yourself on the back. Take yourself out for dinner. Do something to acknowledge that you rocked a whole bunch of little and big stuff.
I’m sure you have at least one thing you can congratulate yourselves over. I’m positive of it. For some of you it might be that you got out of bed most days. For others it might mean a book deal or a new teaching opportunity or a delicious relationship. Whatever it is, whatever you got done, crossed off your list, made happen, revel in that. Without apology.
Because you’re worth it.
I hope, if you feel discomfort arising around counting your ta da moments, that you sit what that for a bit and ask yourself where the discomfort is coming from. Who told you that you were not allowed to celebrate yourself? Who told you that you were supposed to be *humble all the time*? Who told you not to shine?
And then shine.
I dare you to take some time to be completely full of yourself.
Full. Of. Self.
Because what else are you supposed to be full of?
Please feel free to take this PDF of prompts for the month of October in case you need a little nudge in the direction of meeting yourself on the page. These prompts are offered as a way in to self-inquiry. The way we use them in Book Of Days varies according to each person’s individual needs. Some of us cut and paste them into a written journal and engage them there. Some of us just let the prompt guide our writing in whatever direction it wants to take. Some of us use these prompts as a portal into our art journals.
Today’s Nudge: Celebrate.
There’s a bunch who blogged along in September, and many of us intend to continue (at a less frenzied pace) blogging along. Looking for accountability partners, other blogs to read, or eyes on your work? How about all three? Join us today in the Artfully Wild Blogalong Facebook Group.
P.S. LIFE BOOK 2018 is open for registration, y’all! Early Bird ends December 31st, so get it while you can!