LOVED this: “ a friend reminded me today to rejoice on my journey — the places I’ve seen, the moments I’ve shared, the joys and lessons I’ve learned.” Excellent advice for any of us. Especially as we enter our third act, Loran. Thanks for your inspirational writings!
Great idea, Loran! How nice that you had these go-to’s (morning pages, art, and journaling) to replace the phone. I’d love to hear your endorphins kicked in from experiencing these activities, but I imagine it will take some time to settle in. Thankfully, my phone is not an issue. But I know it is for many. Wishing you ALL good things on this journey!
I LOVE the West, too, Loran. I miss taking off into nature as you so often do. I understand this power to heal as you experienced on the trail. For whatever reason, I’ve never connected to the landscape of Florida. Twenty years of longing to be and live any place west of the Mississippi. I miss all of it. So much.
I applaud your bravery, Loran. So many of our fellow journalers are burning their journals of late. I wonder if it’s a milestone of reaching a certain age and knowing there’s no reason to revisit these stories that define us less and less. Last September, when we had to evacuate due to Hurricane Irma, my stepdaughter bagged all my journals in one…
LOVE this! LOVE how you two came together to make this decision to start your beautiful family, Kathy. What’s extra special is your writing talent — this is a great example of an inciting incident, a critical component in the best of memoir.