October is here, and in the mountains where I live, the leaves have turned and snow is in the forecast (really!). It's a time of transition, and I'm embarking on a transition of my own that will affect the WritingStrides community.
After six years of coaching, I've decided to take a sabbatical from WritingStrides. Over the past several months, I've been reflecting on my priorities (it might have something to do with a certain birthday). I gradually saw that every single one of my long-term, professional priorities related to writing but that wasn't reflected in my short-term goals and everyday actions to the degree that I wanted.
As a result, I'm making several shifts in my day-to-day life. Among them, I'll be closing the Inspired Writers Studio at the end of October and transitioning out of coaching between now and the end of the year. I plan to take all of 2019 off from WritingStrides and then reevaluate.
What does that mean for you and the rest of the awesome WritingStrides community? I will no longer be sending out emails with writing inspiration or videos, nor do I plan to host workshops or writing challenges. I may teach some classes in the local community, but will otherwise be directing my energy to writing projects during 2019. And while I will be making changes to the website in coming weeks, I will leave the blog up so you can go through it at any time for a little inspiration.
Many of you have been with me from the beginning of WritingStrides, attending online or in-person workshops, working with me one on one, or following along on the blog. Many of you have sent me notes, letting me know that a particular blog post or writing experience helped you unlock your creativity, and I am so grateful that you've been part of my writing journey.
They say that we teach what we need to learn, and I wholeheartedly believe that. You've all helped me learn how to make space for writing, how to find the most meaningful projects, and how to find the courage to pursue them. Thank you.
I wish you all the best in the coming year as you continue to write!