Since 2009, I’ve had my Open Road Writing shingle out. I’ve worked with some great clients in the last few years. Lately, though, I’ve realized something: I compartmentalize too much. I write about writing over there, and about crafting and daily life here. But what I really believe is that they are all mashed together. The work that I’m doing at ORW all too often veers into work that I’m doing because I know I can make money at it, not because it is the work that I love.
And the point of putting out my shingle was to do more work that I love.
So this year, my lucky 13 year, I’m going to embark on a little experiment, and I hope you, my beloved PoMoGolighly readers and friends will come along.
I’m going to see what happens when I integrate the different parts of my life, when I live the tag line “crafting words and fiber” here instead of in two different places.
I’m hanging out a new shingle, one in which I invite you to permit me to help you to share your stories, to help you craft your words and fiber with confidence and gusto. I’m bringing my in-person writing and crafting workshops and classes online, and I’m looking forward to working and playing with you in a new way.
As I close up Open Road Writing, as I love the fail of that experiment, I’ve crafted a manifesto to guide me on my new adventure:
I believe that everyone has a story to tell.
I believe in cooperation, not competition.
I believe in emotional truth and authenticity.
I believe in blurring the boundary between work and play.
I believe in a beginner’s mind.
I believe crafting connects me to my past and my future.
I believe in kindness.
I believe in calm, in playfulness, in organization, in chaos.
I believe in community.
I believe I exist to share my stories, my vision of a beautiful world and to help others to share their own stories and visions.
As I embark on my changes, I invite you to reflect on your own. Share your own manifesto in the comments or leave a link to your manifesto on your blog.