That title sounds hopeful, don't you think? If nothing else, I consider myself optimistic. I've been looking forward to this October for a very long time.
It was October a year ago I decided to sign up for an on-line continuing education course titled "Writing Lives" to learn about turning real life experiences into well-crafted writing. I was thinking about the possibility of grad school and this seemed like a good way to see how disciplined I was. That led to another on-line course "Writing Memoir and Family History." Same topic, a bit different spin. I started to think about how I'd like to capture the story of my life abroad. In May of this year, I took a 3-day workshop offered by the Center for Digital Storytelling (seriously amazing organization). Now my wheels were really spinning.
As I dived into my own family history, I discovered -- seemingly by accident -- a group called the Association of Personal Historians. They bring together professional personal historians who help people document and communicate their personal and family stories. I was gobsmacked, I never dreamed such a profession existed. I know you'll appreciate the brevity: I joined and I'm attending my first annual conference in two weeks.
So I am loving October and a new beginning as I work toward a micro business helping people tell their stories -- through audio, print and video. I know I will meet some generous people and learn exactly what I need to know to put it all together. There are five stories in the que and more in the wings.
Bonus beginnings: I get to visit my sister, Cathy, for the first time in their new city, by coincidence (or not) in St. Louis, where the conference is being held. And, after almost two years of barren earth, new landscaping is finally being installed and we have lots of loveliness being added to our home in the U.S.
I wish you some sort of new beginning this October. If you don't have one planned, then consider creating one :) It's a nice little buzz.