New Year, New Direction

I’ve been thinking about this post for some time – composing it in my head, letting the words roll around, hoping they would sort themselves into something that expressed my thoughts with perfect coherence. I am sad to report that the words did not do as I hoped. They did not write for me. They did not line up in order until I felt that tingle that let me know that I had found it. Back and forth I went as I knitted, and washed dishes, and vacuumed. In the end, there was nothing left for it but to actually sit down and type it all out.

Life is often like that, I find. You have to show up and do the work. But if you do … ah, then magic sometimes happens.

For me, Crafting my Life has been a sort of magic. Two years ago I launched the first run of the online class. And people showed up! You could have knocked me over with a feather. I found living through each life-crafter’s journey vicariously to be immensely inspiring. Watching people take steps towards greater meaning and purpose is an incredible privilege. I feel very lucky to have had it.

crafting my life strocel.com goodbyeThrough Crafting my Life I discovered my love of interviewing others, which eventually morphed into the Strocel.com Podcast. There was more magic there, for me. Being entrusted with other people’s stories is also an amazing privilege. When someone agrees to chat with me, I get a little thrill. I never know what I am going to hear, exactly, or where the conversation is going to go. It’s like taking a voyage of discovery, and it makes me feel alive.

While I have gained a lot through Crafting my Life, in the past few months it has become increasingly clear for me that it has run its course for me, in its present form. I am working more actively for VancouverMom.ca, where I’m the Managing Editor. I am enjoying that a lot. I’m working with other people, as part of a team. I’m writing. I’m sharing stories and following along with other people’s journeys, just on a different platform. And I’m still blogging at Strocel.com, where I’m chronicling my personal journey and hearing from other people through comments and email and social media and all that good stuff. My life is very full, and something has to go. Crafting my Life is going to be it.

This does not mean that I am no longer crafting my own life. Quite the contrary. It simply means that I am no longer creating online tools, and I will no longer be writing in this space. I will be leaving the site up as a resource, and because I like it. But if you would like to keep in touch, the best way to do it is to drop by Strocel.com, or to catch up on Facebook or Twitter.

I want to thank you very much for taking this journey with me. I hope that you’ll let me know how you’re doing from time to time. I really would love to hear from you. And I trust that there is magic out there waiting for you somewhere, too.

Repost: Sunk Costs and Letting Go

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As I was going through my archives recently, I came across this post that I wrote a year ago. The things I wrote about here are things I still grapple with - namely, learning to let go in order to create space. It's not always easy to admit that … [Continue reading]

Vlog: Responding When There’s no Good Response

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. A little while before I planned to record this week's vlog, I heard about the school shooting in Connecticut. In a world where the Internet has a way of connecting all of us, people I know online count family … [Continue reading]

Just Call me June

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Lately I've been wearing high heels around the house. It's part of a scheme to get used to wearing heels in advance of my husband's fancy-schmancy work Christmas party this weekend. One evening, recently, it came time to clean the kitchen. It so … [Continue reading]

Creating Routines: Streamlining Supper and Handling Email

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This fall I started a new monthly series here at Crafting my Life, dedicated to creating routines to support a more purposeful life. The idea is to craft daily rhythms that support how you'd like to live your life. Each month I choose one goal for … [Continue reading]

Vlog: A Shoe Saga

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Today on the Crafting my Life Vlog, I'm sharing a story about high heel shoes, and putting things out there. I Need Help With High Heels I have a love-hate relationship with high heel shoes. I love the way they look, I hate the way they feel. The … [Continue reading]

My Happiness List: November 2012 Edition

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Every so often, I like to take some time to think about the things that are making me happy. Interestingly, looking back through the archives, the last time I did this was in February. Now it's November. These are my two least favourite months - … [Continue reading]

The Importance of Having an Exit Strategy

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I have two young children, which means that I have spent my fair share of time rescuing small people from sticky situations. If there's one thing I've learned in the process it's that children don't really consider their exit strategy before jumping … [Continue reading]

Falling off the Wagon, Getting Back On

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As I write on this blog about all of the things I'm doing to create a more purpose-filled life, I worry that sometimes I give a false impression. While it's true that I do things like adjust my schedule to make the day flow more smoothly, make time … [Continue reading]

A Moment of Clarity

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My word for 2012 is clarity, and recently I had a moment of clarity that I'd like to share with you. I'm committed to meditating every evening. I'm just finishing up a book that offers some meditation tips, and I was trying insight meditation. The … [Continue reading]