Spring is in the air and it’s making me a little restless. You, too?
In my corner of the world, we spent January and February waiting on the next snow storm (and the next one). In my case, the weather was a good excuse to knit a pair of socks, watch ALL of the Winter Olympics and make my way through four delightful seasons of Downton Abbey (sigh). For 59 days, I lived out the full meaning of “hygge” — A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being, regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture. (Oxford Dictionary)*
I also did a bit of writing and a whole lot of reading, and for good measure I tackled a couple of major cleaning projects. How did you spend your hibernation?
March promises to be a busy month. I’m preparing to help facilitate a workshop for aspiring writers and praying over a message for women about faith. In both those endeavors, I’m reminded that all I have to share is what I’ve learned as a writer and as a follower of Christ. I’m praying it’s enough. With God, I know it’s enough. Because honestly, at this point in my life, I’m just happy to know what I KNOW.
I wrote an essay along those lines that is featured today on the Breathe Writers Conference blog. It’s aimed at other writers, but I think it applies to all aspects of life. Drop by and see what you think. From the essay:
I’ve been accused of being a “know-it-all” — mostly by my siblings (I am the firstborn) and definitely when I was a pre-teen and teen. That perception has stuck with me because, in my heart, I know I don’t know it all, and truthfully I don’t want to.
* If you’re curious about “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-ga”), check out The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking (who happens to be the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book.
And, if you’re curious about who won the free copy of Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind, now you know! You can grab a copy of my friend Brenda Yoder’s new book on Amazon and at other major retailers. (If you missed it, she talked about her book on my blog here.)