September 1, 2015
Happy September! Ahhh… does a freshly sharpened pencil feel like a new beginning to you too? That smell! My husband, who grew up in Germany where the school year looks quite different, was always so confused when I would refer to September as the “new” year, or the beginning of the year! But that’s how it will always feel, I think. And speaking of fresh starts…
I’ve been pondering how I might be able to keep this blog up in the wake of the recent teeny addition to my workload! I’ve got a few ideas that I’m excited about, and I’ll be rolling those out over the next couple weeks. To start with, though, I’m going to try my hand at more regular, short, reflective posts, rather then so many massive post-projects. Achim and my sister have been encouraging me to do this for a while. Just share what’s on my mind, something I stumbled on, something interesting that happened. I’d like to pair these little posts with simple illustrations, nothing fancy, just experiments, sketches.
The idea is, a little less time spent – less filtered and fretted over – in favour of more often, honest and easy. I always feel like I have to roll any idea somehow into a more complex, elaborate post to make it worth your time! Maybe I don’t though? We’ll see.
I’ll still do the bigger, research-based posts, or fancier illustrations, just not every time. Maybe every few weeks. I have to say, if there is one thing the 100 Day Project showed me, it’s the value of a little bit every day, over a whole lot almost never. I could feel myself improving. Plus, creating something – even something small – every day kept me feeling so happily engaged, both with the work and also the people who were enjoying it and/or doing something similar. I really loved that! So that’s what we are going for, here.
My next post will be one of these shorter, rawer posts. It makes me nervous! You’ll have to let me know what you think…