As we come up to the end of the year, we all tend to reflect
on the kind of year we’ve had and the journeys that we’ve been on.
At the start of the year I felt stuck, itching for change. Sometimes
you have to bring about your own changes.
I’ve always loved writing and editing – and the chance to
learn more about books and publishing was one I knew I had to jump at.
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do that
– and to learn from such incredible people along the way, who have provided
such a warm and nurturing space for creativity.
Giving yourself permission to do the things you love is not
always easy. You can usually find a zillion reasons as to why you shouldn’t.
But taking the leap has been incredibly worth it. I’ve
learnt so much about myself as a result, and in some ways grown more
comfortable with myself and where I’ve been. (I say in some ways, because in
others this year has also shown me where I need to push myself in order to keep
growing and changing).
This year I keep having moments where I have to pinch
myself. There are things I’m getting to do now – like getting to intern at
Busybird, and getting to Scandinavia – that a couple of years ago life had
prevented me from doing.
Life is constant evolution, and I’m very lucky to be where I
Editing and storytelling are things that I absolutely love,
and something I find incredibly vital.
As writer Pam Allyn put it, ‘Reading is like breathing in, and writing is like breathing out.’
Doing the things you love is incredibly essential in order
to keep feeding yourself. And continuing to tell each other stories is so important
in order to keep fostering connection and growth.
I hope next year I can push myself a bit more to keep breathing
If I keep getting to help tell stories for the rest of my
life, I’ll be pretty happy.
Thank you to Blaise, Kev, Les and Oscar at Busybird for giving people a safe space in which to share their stories and just be themselves.