Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Sunday Salon. In fact, if you stop by fairly regularly you might have noticed my posting here on Erin Reads has slowed down quite a bit. If you’re a fellow book blogger, you might also have noticed I’ve not been making the comment rounds lately. I apologize for cutting back without explanation. Better late than never, though, right?
I’ll do my best to explain. The story starts out pretty predictably — new job, no time, etc. — but then it goes somewhere I’d never have predicted three months ago!
The Predictable Part
Toward the end of last year, as I mentioned at the time, I got a job. I’d been planning on part time but couldn’t turn down a full time bookstore job. That, on top of school, left me with little time for reading, much less blogging and commenting. Then I found myself drawn almost exclusively to nonfiction in what little reading time I did have, and that’s a type of book that’s sort of outside my reviewing comfort zone. Hence, the slow trickling away of my book thoughts posts.
Then, about a month ago, I happened across a book at work, completely by chance. While deciding which section to shelve it in, I ended up poking through it. I bought it, devoured it, and — yes, I know this sounds a touch nutty — was changed by it. Appropriate, isn’t it, that what I’m about to relate started with a book?
The book was The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau (and it is not as out-there as it sounds!). It shifted my perspective, snapped me out of the spot where I’d been stuck, and gave me the kick in the pants I needed to…well, get my butt in gear.
I realized: this is it. These tiny moments that make up each day are my life. I don’t want to simply exist as they pass by unnoticed. I don’t want to think “I’ll get to that someday.” How we spend our moments is how we spend our lives, and there is so much I want to do in my life.
Once I started really thinking about them, I realized I have so many interests and goals I want to pursue. When I let myself put them into words instead of half ignoring them, they came pouring out. I was amazed — so many things I hadn’t even realized I wanted.
I’ve learned from running Erin Reads that writing publicly about something both keeps you focused on that thing and makes you highly accountable for keeping up with it. So, I’ve been working hard to set up another set of sites and profiles for this massive, life-changing project of chasing down dreams of all sizes. It’s my space to put myself out there, experiment, reflect, commit, and hopefully inspire and interact with others. It’s a bit scary to be so open, so vulnerable, without the protective shield of books to hide behind. But that’s part of the point.
I’m not shutting down Erin Reads. In fact, Reading Buddies will continue (I love that project!) on its monthly basis, and I very much hope many of you will join me in the months ahead. For now, though, I’m giving myself official permission to let go of regular reviews in order to focus on my new project. I am so, so excited. I’m smiling as I type this. I can hardly wait.
Of course, anyone who would like to join me on my journey is warmly invited to do so. I have found a home in the book blogging community and would love to have a piece of it with me as I set out. But if you’re here for the books, I’ll understand if you prefer to stay here or even part ways. No hard feelings.
Where You’ll Find Me
Okay! So without further ado, I’d like to invite you to my new online home: Remade By Hand! There’s a post up today on the site about how I chose the name, if you’re curious. Here are the links:
- The main site (broader reflections, outlines, project cornerstones, and the like): http://remadebyhand.com
- Twitter (typical Twitter chit-chat!): http://twitter.com/erinkurup
- Facebook (a central place for all the updates): http://facebook.com/remadebyhand
- Pinterest (still pretty much just personal but to be involved in a future project): http://pinterest.com/erinkurup
I already have a project going with my husband through the site. We’re calling it Project 365 x 2. Every day for a year, we’re each getting rid of one thing that’s outlived its usefulness in our lives, posting photos on Facebook. There will be many more projects to come.
Also, only somewhat related, who uses Instagram?? I was so excited when they finally launched the Android app, but I feel a little like I’ve been left in the dust. How do I find people? Anyone want to be friends on there (or whatever the Instagram equivalent is)? Come find me! I’m…surprise!…remadebyhand!
So anyway. That’s why I’ve been MIA and what I’ll be up to, at least for the foreseeable future. I wish you a lovely Sunday.
What are your plans for today? And of course…read anything good lately?