Flying Solo

It’s been tough for me to post lately. Considering the old saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” I’ve come to a new and quite similar saying of my own – about myself and my writing – and I’m trying to live by it now.

“If you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Actually, I thought about this while taking an English class over winter. Writing essays about emerging technologies and bullying on the internet, I found myself really questioning why it is I’m interested in writing, and why I found it so hard (or perhaps tedious is a better word) to write those essays. To make matters more confusing, I had also been pondering why graphic design was becoming less appealing to me after some of the projects I did for class.

It was the answer that came to me that I actually got excited about… in order for these things to work, they have to come from my heart.

That being said, I guess right now I don’t have much on my heart – well, except for complete joy and overflowing gratitude for this new sober life. And the fact that I still can’t believe I have this opportunity to go to school and experience the things I missed out on when I was young and confused. Sometimes I pinch myself to make sure it’s real!

Anyway, the good news is that I managed to get an “A” in the English class. I’m glad it’s over though! I also changed my major from Graphic Design to Psychology. Kind of a strange move, but for those of you who know me, it probably doesn’t come as a shock. I love to think and I love learning why we do what we do.

Graphic design is now my secondary field of study and I’m three classes away from getting a certificate. And I just started working for the Sports Department at the college, doing graphics for the sporting events through an internship, so it seems that everything is slowly falling into place!

That’s about all for now. I’ve got all sorts of new thoughts and ideas about life – and the future… so I hope to share more as time goes on. In the meantime, I feel a little like that bird in my picture – flying solo and feeling free.

Life is good and God is great! And the journey continues…


  1. Hi Janet
    Doing anything as an assignment compared to doing it because you want and love to makes a world of difference, plus getting into a rhythm like you were back when. Way to go on continued sobriety and I love reading from you and see your creative touches

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    1. Thanks Jeff! I agree with you. Even taking photography put me in a funk. I think because I started measuring and questioning my abilities more too. But, better to try than not try 🙂 In summer I plan to get more into my own photo taking again. Just for fun. Thanks for the kind words, as always!

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  2. Glad to see you’re back posting. Interesting side note, my daughter is a freshman in college, and changed her major from journalism to psychology. Says psychology just comes easy to her. I guess time will tell!!

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    1. Thanks John! It is great to be back. Yay for your daughter!! I totally get where she’s coming from. I think the best thing is that it helps with life in general, whether or not you go into that particular field later. Wishing her the best in her studies!! Nice to hear from you!

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