A friend of mine has adopted “serene 2016” as her slogan for the year. To be fair her 2015 was a year with more than a fair share of dramatic life changes.
My 2015 was less dramatic, but wasn’t straightforward. It turns out that studying full-time and working half-time isn’t as feasible as it sounded when I compared it to the undergraduate life of my 20s! There were some health glitches along the way: an immune system that one specialist at the hospital says is best described as “hinky”. It isn’t clear whether this is a continuation of the sarcoidosis that hit so hard in 2011, or something else, but there have been a lot of hospital appointments and quite a lot of outpatient physiotherapy.
So now it is 2016. And I’m going to study half-time and work half-time as that equation seems to make more sense! I also plan to walk the dog, swim in the sea, do the exercises prescribed by the physio team, knit many things, and try to stay a bit more connected to friends and family this year.
In the meantime there’s a literature review about teenage dating violence to work on, a research proposal for a dissertation about counselling and contemplative practices to write, a resource about Lent and Easter worship with children to publish for the Diocese, and a hat to knit for a friend.
I also sit on the Board of RevGalBlogPals Inc. It’s an international organisation of women clergy and their friends that grew out of a community of bloggers. There are over 200 blogs affiliated with our community, and over 3000 members of the Facebook group. Once a month I get to read all the blogposts published that week by writers around the world, mostly women clergy, and it has inspired me to begin to write again.