turkey on a thursday

today is january 7th. a thursday. the first thursday of the year actually.

it is the seventh day of the year and i feel like somehow i am already letting this year down a little. my goal for the year is to get something published, somewhere. preferably in print but i will take anything. when i think about all the things that i used to dream about doing, it’s amazing how quickly i gave up on so many of them.

at different points in my life i wanted to be a photographer. a pediatrician. a writer. no, an author. i wanted to be something that i could be proud of. i wanted to do something that felt authentic to me and that somehow i wouldn’t be embarrassed to tell others what i did. i used to chase what i was passionate about and then hide in books because that was how i found what i wanted to experience in my life.

if i do nothing else in 2016, i want to pursue things that i love. i love stories. i like hearing someone tell me about their live and i love to see lives played out in photographs. i want to find a way to connect with people and i want to tell stories.

think back to times before we could tell a five second story through a video or post a quick statement about your day on a social media site. people used to talk about what had happened to them in their lives. they would share oral stories and connect with each other through old myths and fairy tales.

i want to do that. so, i am going to be scouring the internet and any other outlet available to find any writing contest i can enter. i don’t particularly care if what i submit is perfect, my goal is to just get my name out there. i want to start submitting pieces as often as i can and soak in all of the probable rejection letters. i want to say “yes please” to criticism and keep getting better. i may be going to school for english, but i want to educate myself through other people.

here’s to not being afraid of rejection. (and when i am afraid of it, embrace it like that old friend we try not to miss.)

 

“Often, you have to fail as a writer before you write that bestselling novel or ground-breaking memoir. If you’re failing as a writer – which it definitely feels like when you’re struggling to write regularly or can’t seem to earn a living as a freelance writer – maybe you need to take a long-term perspective.” – J.K. Rowling

as for the “turkey” part of “turkey on a thursday”, who says a big meal with a big ol’ turkey is meant for days like christmas or thanksgiving? from where i sit typing this i can smell my bargain turkey cooking and all of the fixings are almost ready. we’re trying a new thing where we celebrate each day and just find reasons to make grand gestures over just having a good hair day or for taking a big step and applying for a passport all on your own for the first time. life is remembered in the small moments.

in the woods

Turkey Runwith the cold weather finally settling in for the winter here in Indiana, my daydreams of hiking outside are back in full swing. endlessly look at pictures from the trails i got to experience last year and searching for the best state parks to check out in this coming here fills my free time. i am no experienced hiker by anyone’s standards, but i do enjoy being out in the woods with just a vague map and plans to go off the trails at some point in the day.

i got a late start experiencing hiking in Indiana last year but i did get to check out Turkey Run State Park, Salamonie State Park, and Shades State Park. all three had gorgeous trails and i definitely want to go back and visit them again in the next year.

i’ve been looking at some of those lovely lists online about top trails to experience in Indiana and this is one that is convincing me that i need to expand my range for places to hike. it’s a simple list of 12 parks, but the fact that they agreed and put Turkey Run as the best made me want to believe the rest of what they have to say.

first on my list for 2016 is Clifty Falls State Park. located in Madison, Indiana, it has roughly 14 miles of hiking trails that vary in difficulty and runs through different canyons and streams. it also features what seems like several different waterfall areas that just add on to the beauty of these trails and i love hiking in and around water so i think it would be perfect for me. the photos i have seen from the trails alone make me dream about wanting to hike here.

the next state park i really want to check out is actually not a state park but the Indiana Dune National Lakeshore. i have visited the Indiana Dunes on a couple different occasions, but never strayed far from the lake and the dunes immediately off the beach.

realistically, there are tons of other parks in Indiana that i can explore this year, but i just want to get some recommendations before i set out this spring. if any of you have a favorite place to hike in Indiana, please let me know in the comments below or connect with me on one of my other social media outlets! anywhere in the state would be perfect but if you have hiked any other amazing state parks in the surrounding states i would love to hear about that as well!

here’s to a year of exploration.

2016

hello from the new yearrr (because lets face it, we’re still not over this song)

so it’s now 2016 and it has literally been months since I have posted anything to this blog. in fact, it has been just about as long since i have written anything besides some sort of an assignment for the paper and/or one of my classes. in a conversation with a friend today i realized that i hadn’t even thought about writing anything non-scholarly or original in so long that i don’t feel like i can even claim to be a writer. so here i am, on the second day of this new year, hoping to start again.

this year has already started out with many cups of tea, cold medicine, and a day spent cleaning out my room to get rid of things that had stacked up over the last 12 months. the one thing i haven’t done this year is the cliche making of new year resolutions. while i think many people just want to make resolutions about losing weight, changing who they are, or traveling more, i hope this year i can just adapt a new life motto.

2016 will continue the concept of my life as the work in progress as that it is. it is what this blog is built on and it has been a great reminder for me this last year when difficult situations have come up. my life is and most likely will remain a work in progress as i figure out where i am going.

in addition to looking at life as a project that is a work in progress, i am also going to be attempting to live out a “yes please” life. i recently reread Amy Poehler’s book yes please  and it knocked my socks off once again. i want say yes more and no less as i take on this year. i will be going to europe in may on a trip through my university and with that is going to come a ton of new experiences that i would have never been able to experience if it weren’t for me saying yes to this opportunity. i’m going into my senior year of college and i don’t want to miss out on opportunities because they scare me or intimidate me. i want to say “yes please” when something comes up because 2016 is going to be a year of hopefully humble acceptance of this next chapter of my life.

here’s to another year as a work in progress and to countless more chances to say yes please to stepping out of my comfort zone.

how are you going into this new year? what are your hopes?

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself”
―Amy Poehler