a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Sunday, February 26, 2017


I feel like my life has been in a holding pattern for the past year.

My dad’s cancer diagnosis meant so many unknowns for the future. It was almost as if I was holding my breath, waiting for the season of medical appointments and healing to pass.

December 17th, after being declared cancer-free, six days away from his final surgery to piece him back to a complete picture of health, my dad suffered a stroke.

Just when the end of the road to recovery was in sight, my dad began a whole new leg of his journey.

I could be devastated by this news. I choose not to be.

And I am choosing not to continue existing in a holding pattern, waiting for a clear runway.

I have begun to move forward. This does not mean I am not still taking care of my dad. This does not mean that my life is no longer interrupted with his medical needs.

Rather, I am learning that life is always going to hold surprises. Moving forward means that I live through these surprises as opposed to waiting for them to pass.

Living through the tough stuff means…
I have started to write again.
I am seizing professional growth opportunities as they come my way.
I read, read, read.
I am slowly getting myself moving again—including walks in the woods.

I might be here a bit more often.