Six months have ticked by in 2019 and it is time to reflect on my #oneword choice. My word for this year is #connect. It is a word that is perfect for what I need at this time. This word has been the most action-oriented of all the words I have chosen over the past 10 years.
I believe since I have made space for this word in my life the experiences and opportunities have come to me. As the beloved book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho says, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
This year I have connected to other writers like no other time in my life. I have been mainly part of an in real life group and my Storyaday Superstars. I heavily rely on support from the Superstars and check in with them every day. I also have the support of the Two Writing Teachers community and #Teachwrite. Teacher writers are my tribe!
I have been a participant in a couple other smaller time constrained groups as well which was fulfilling. For a couple of those groups, I received updates from the facilitator with great articles.
I have been cultivating my intuition with writing practice, visual exercises, and paying attention. When invitations come to me I have been intentionally taking advantage of them. I have connected in a more solid way to what I want. I have also connected with my pain in a new way. There has been enough time past from some trauma I have experienced to be able to use the emotion in a new way in my writing. It is part of my coping mechanism now.
Connection to myself has also manifested itself in the way I reframe situations. There have been some obstacles this year and it has stretched my knowledge. I had to rely on some other experts to be able to navigate. Some were helpful and some were lacking.
My blog and writings are being read by more people which makes me happy and makes me want to hone my craft. Twitter has been an important tool for developing these connections.
I have made time to connect with friends and make time for coffee and dinners. I have not made space for this the past few years. The older I get the more I want to hibernate in my dwelling. I have also been reaching out more often to friends that are not near me to try to keep that thread of friendship from fraying.
I have been connecting to nature more which has been good for my soul. Runs and walks outside and spending time in my yard where the birdies and deer come to visit is good for me.
I have started a newsletter and an email list which I had been putting off to be able to connect to readers and creatives in a new way. I have participated in several writing challenges this year which has been adding to my word count, connections, and writing skills. There is nothing like a challenge to bring people together!
I have connected with the text I am reading in a new way. I am connecting with other people over readings. I am inputting stories and poems and essays and they are manifesting themselves in my writing because I am savoring them not just ticking them off a to-do list.
In the Fall, I will have to cultivate relationships with new staffs for my teaching job. I hope to cultivate relationships with new readers and writers. I will continue to cultivate the relationships I have with my followers and commentators.
Moving forward, I will continue to connect with myself and pay attention to how I am feeling. I will continue to connect with new writers. I will continue to cultivate the relationships I have now that are important to me.
I would love to connect with you! Please comment so we can chat.
Tammy Breitweiser is a writer and teacher who is a force of nature and woman of honor; seer of nuance; accidental inspirationalist; keeper of the little red doors, and conjurer of everyday magic who is busy writing short stories. A future Minnesotan temporarily hiding in Indiana, her poetry has been published in The Storyteller Magazine and her flash fiction in The Ninja Writers Monthly and Elephant Never. Her essay is published in the I Wrote it Anyway anthology. You can also connect with Tammy through Twitter @TLBREIT.