Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Soul food

Taking time away from my day job to focus on writing a novel was one of the most powerful gifts of soul nourishment imaginable. That's not to suggest it was easy: it took me quite a while to find my stride and settle in to a routine; and I was plagued with doubts every single day. But I did it and it was one of the best things I ever did and I know I could do it again. And, goodness me, how much I long to do it again! For now, I have a lot of editing to do and then there will be the process of trying to get it published. But as daunting as this may be, I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is my true work. And I can't wait to dive back into it.

This blog has been one of the most consistent forms of soul food in my life for the past three years. My commitment to blogging waxed and waned more than usual in 2013 due to: my writing energies being channelled into my manuscript; going overseas on holiday; returning to my day job; and the rigours of the first trimester of pregnancy. But the energy I was able to invest paid me back a thousandfold. In particular, the work done to launch my own website, co-hosting the inaugural August Moon challenge and the continuing success of Reverb were hugely satisfying and inspiring, and also helped me to connect to a legion of kindred spirits. Taking my humble blog to the next level is something that I know I will be grateful for for many years to come.

On a smaller and more private scale, I made considerable inroads into nourishing my soul via my body this year. The first half of the year I had more time alone at home than I'd had in a long time and, when I wasn't writing, I really enjoyed exploring cooking, shopping, juicing, planning, slowcooking and baking in a way that made my heart sing. While I didn't get the chance to exercise much at all, the benefits of mindful food preparation and consumption were so very palpable. I also loved being the one to provide nourishing delicious meals for my family, for a change. And I totally noticed the dip in my energy levels when I returned to work and struggled through that first trimester (which seemed to last forever). I am so looking forward to continuing my explorations in the new year.

I am responding here to the second prompt from #reverb13. You are warmly invited to share your own response below, if you did not have the opportunity to do so in December. Thank you for sharing the journey with me. x

1 comment:

  1. I want 2014 to be the year that I finish a draft of a novel. :) now to sit down and write (after I do this, after I do that...sigh!)