The last twelve months, I’ve felt the most unsettled that I ever have in my adult life. Selling our house, an internship in Chicago, a move North Carolina, and another [local] NC move, against a constant background of trying to finish my [damn] PhD and my parents’ [unsurprising, but no less bothersome] divorce has been a challenge. And to do it all in the midst of feeling disconnected from our support network in Tennessee has sucked.

When things are that tricky, it’s hard for me to write in this space, even though I do think writing helps me process and feeds me creatively, which I sorely miss when I’m having a hard time. I think of people that complain openly and frequently on Facebook and I so desperately don’t want to be that person that I don’t write here, where I really could and really need to. And something about calling the blog Inviting Joy got me stuck that I only should write when I’m finding joy–not just inviting it. I think I should give you, my readers, more credit. At least two of you have mentioned that you’ve missed seeing me here–messages of support that meant so much to me. And this blog isn’t Facebook, so here I am.

My cousin shared a link for a 30 day writing challenge, and when I saw the subheading “write yourself alive,” I couldn’t resist. I want to write myself alive. I’m going to write for an hour every morning, as I am in the midst of another transition: from employment to [f]unemployment/dissertating, which will hopefully result in the PhD finally being done FOREVER. I’ll share some of what I write and some of it I’ll keep private, but I want to publicly commit to this practice and thank you for reading.

5 thoughts on “Transitions

  1. Glad to see you back! Phew. You have had a lot of transitions in the last year, lady. I, for one, would love to read more. You are certainly not a complainer and as you said, inviting joy is not the same as experiencing it.

    Thanks for posting about the writing challenge. I’m in. I won’t be writing first thing in the morning because (duh) HP wakes up early and there is no writing with an awake toddler. I can commit to first thing during his nap time. I have a list of more than dozen things I want to write about but never make myself sit down to do it. Now I will.

    Love you, friend.

  2. K says:

    Lots of positive thoughts for you, Abby! I’ve missed your notes, but I know during tough/busy times I tend to isolate a bit, and you have had some busy and tough times!! Hopefully these transitions will lead to some amazing new opportunities for you 🙂

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