Didn't expect that, did you? It's just that beginings are always a bit strange to me, a bit odd. You see, whether you know it or not, I've been talking with you for a very long time. It's just all been in my head. For example, today when I was planting the potato monster (more on that in a minute), I was thinking of how I would write it, what I would say. So too when in the greenhouse, when chasing cats and ducks out of my garden, and so on. And then I get here and...
Which led me to think of Mary Poppins. You know the song, even if you don'r know you do. Ok - it's not Mary Poppins but it is Julie Andrews.
Maria tells us to start at the beginning. She's right, it's a very good place to start (and in case the song is in your head too, let's give her the reins for a minute).
She's important for more reasons than just getting us started. Did you know that Julie Andrews lost her ability to sing in 1997? Can you even imagine? Being so famous for something and then to lose it all. She had nodules removed from her vocal chords and woke up from her surgery to find out that her ability to sing was gone.
Of course it would have been devastating at the time and yet now she says it helped her realize she was more than just her voice and move onto other projects. I hope that we can start off on that foot as well- sometimes our hardest times, our biggest mistakes, or our biggest failures can be the think that launch in a new direction, maybe even a better direction than the one we left behind.
I'm a 40-something author who also parents, smallholds, and gardens. When I'm at my regular job I work part time as the Clinical Director of an amazing social service agency and a therapist. I'm lucky enough to get paid to work with the most amazing team and to help people.