Our February theme for the Harvest Writing Club is “The Start.” The theme grew intentionally out of it being the first theme, and left open to interpretation. Naturally for me I gravitated to how I got started in something I love, music.
Playing an instrument in my family leaves me as somewhat of an oddity. None of my cousins, aunts, uncles, or other family play music in a way that would have influenced me as a child (as far as I can remember or my parents have mentioned). But when I first had the opportunity to join a music program, I couldn’t help myself.
The year was 1994, I was just starting 3rd grade, and I was 8.
It’s been awhile since my last post, a month. It was a relaxing few weeks, but I need to get back on the horse, even though I probably won’t keep up the same quantity of updates as last year.
Many of my colleagues at Harvest currently do, or used to, write and keep a blog too. They, like myself, have also expressed a desire to post more than they actually do, and want to improve their writing. It can be difficult to sit down and reflect when life pulls you to get up and go (or sit and watch television).
So my manager came up with a terrific idea, The Harvest Writing Club. The idea is this: every month we’ll declare a theme, and each of us will write a personal story relating to the given theme.
It’s not about critiquing or responding to these pieces. It’s about the personal act of writing, editing and publishing. It’s about getting used to that flow. By doing it together, we’ll build momentum and keep each other accountable.
Ultimately, I hope this exercise will not only make us more ready writers, but we’ll all learn a little more about each other along the way.
I’m looking forward to it.
This past year I experimented with the idea of taking New Year’s resolutions seriously. Rather than make a list of resolutions I wanted to accomplish throughout the year, I boiled things down to one a month. If I focus on one at a time, perhaps it’ll help me create new habits, or gain some insight I didn’t have before.
I’m proud to say that I kept the monthly resolutions up for the entirety of the year, and officially completed most of them (though not all were successes). Each month provided a new learning experience, and I’m really happy with the experiment overall. The year flew by faster too. I’d like to use this time to reflect on each month, and think about what I can take with me into 2014 and beyond.
This is going to be long, so I’m splitting it up into multiple posts.
Week 52 – Didn’t have time to post this last week as I was in Atlantic City for Christmas with the family. Anyway, here’s the final week of my year-long photo per week! Resolution recaps are coming shortly.