Welcome Change

washington centerville public librarY - photo credit: Vikki reich

washington centerville public librarY - photo credit: Vikki reich

Change makes me nervous. I know it's supposed to be good and I can even see it that way most of the time, but I like the comfort of what I know.

For ten years, I blogged at Up Popped A Fox. I changed the design once but never changed the format or content in any significant way. It was a place for me to tell stories, to sort through my thoughts, to hone my voice, though I wasn't even aware that I was doing that. It changed my life because it changed the way I saw myself. Through my blog, I became the writer I always wanted to be. 

Since stepping away from my social work career at the end of 2012, I've been trying to figure out what's next and part of that was learning to claim what I know and what I can do. That's a scary thing for most people, especially women. I needed to get to a place where I could say, "I can do these things and do them well." No question mark at the end of the sentence. Not, "I think I can..." but "I know I can." A clear declaration.

So, last summer, I began working with Elan Morgan to redesign my blog and turn it into the writer's website you see today. It wasn't easy and I will confess that it took me a couple of months to write the words that would become my Experience and Services pages, to put in print "I can" and "I know." Though it took longer than I wanted it to, I made it. I'm here.

When I started Up Popped A Fox, I staked a claim on a tiny piece of the internet and started figuring out who I was in that space. Today, I know myself much better, so, it seems fitting that I claim this space under my own name. 

Change can be scary but if the past ten years of blogging have taught me anything, it's that there is unimagined joy in new possibilities.

Welcome to my new site! The blog is still here but there is much more. Check it out and pass me a paper bag, I'm trying not to hyperventilate.