“You can’t go back to the beginning. But you can start anew from where you are and write a new ending.”
I don’t know if that’s the exact quote, but it’s close, and it’s the sentiment I want to convey today as I do a quick little refresh on some segments of my websites and social media channels (including, as you may have noticed, a new profile picture:)
I also updated my cover photo on Twitter and Facebook and Patreon (now closed), so the “branding” of these sites all matches:
I’d had my Facebook page unpublished for a while now because, frankly, since I started it, it’s been a bit of a disorganized mess. Kinda like this blog. And my office. And my closet. And, well, lots of things.
So am I here to tell you that I’ve magically gotten organized? Well, no. I’m getting closer. Clutter is slowly leaving the corners of my house (literally) and the corners of my mind (figuratively). And in some places, like Facebook, I did a complete clean sweep, deleting all old photos and posts so that I could start perfectly fresh. In other places, like here, Twitter, and Instagram, I’m leaving everything up and drawing a (once again, figurative) line in the sand — old messy stuff back there, new more organized and focused stuff up here.
Will I get it right, right from the start? No.
But do I have a better plan and vision and process? Yes.
Just to give you an idea, here’s what I’m thinking:
- 2/5 books + writing stuff
- 2/5 health, food, + fitness stuff
- 1/5 all the other random parts of my life stuff
Will I have these ratios perfectly balanced from the get-go? No.
Do I have an idea of how I will work towards perfecting this balance, with more thoughtful planning and writing and scheduling? Yes.
I sincerely appreciate all of you who have stuck with me through all my reinventions and reworkings, and especially those of you who have stuck with me through my long periods of silence. I know I have a lot of work to do, but I’m glad you’re here, and I hope to continue to meet new friends along the way.
So, I’m not calling this a new beginning. We each get one beginning. I had mine.
Let’s just call it a plot twist.
And here’s to the next chapter.