I just wrote down the title and thought, “Well, that’s something I hate saying in real life: ‘Hi, I’m Stephanie!'” Ugh. Maybe I should consider wearing a name tag all the time.
Following Mel’s lead, I thought I’d take this opportunity – our second post – to introduce myself and muse about what I want my half of the writing team to bring to this blog. Mel and I share a lot of the same goals for this special little place on the Internet, and she said a lot of great stuff last week that I won’t be able to top (and if I tried it would just be redundant) so let’s consider this post my take on things.
I got a text from Mel sometime in September, after I’d spent a few days visiting my family and friends in Montreal, when she and I had had a quasi-argument about Lena Dunham. Her text said something like, “So, I’ve got this crazy idea…” and I trusted that it was crazy, because neither Mel nor I are big texters so when we text it’s usually pretty important. I was intrigued, and when she told me what she wanted to do, I was totally on board. Hence, after gestating for several months, as blogs do, The Feminine Perspective was born!
I’ll admit I tried – and failed – to blog a few years ago with a book review blog that I affectionately called “Metapoetica,” a name I still hold close to my heart and hope will never be stolen from me. I hope that working on this with another person, and one that I love and respect, no less, will hold me accountable and keep the blog alive.
I love writing. I usually feel totally unmotivated to do it (and let’s be real, most things – I’m very talented at being lazy) but I get a great deal of satisfaction from moving words around, trying out new ones, and using them to attempt to get to the crux of an idea. I mean, I have spent at least 1/5 of my life regularly reading and writing essays. That’s what happens when you work toward degrees in English and theatre. And I’ll admit that as happy as I am to be done my Master’s, I do kind of miss writing. So, here we are!
I guess given the scope of The Feminine Perspective, that this would be called a “lifestyle blog.” I’m not sure how I feel about labelling us just yet, but hey! I hope to use this space to discuss anything in the media, on our minds, and on our plates. Most of all, though, what I really want to do is generate discussion. As we keep writing, I really hope to get the comments section going – I want to hear what all of you think about the things we write. I also hope to engage critically with a whole bunch of meta-discussions within the wider world of the Interwebz (lol) to make this a relevant, fun and engaging place to be.
To start, I’d like to let you all in on some of my goals for 2016. I prefer saying goals to resolutions since resolutions seem like mythical unicorn things that will magically happen. They won’t. Goals, I have to work toward. And that’s scary, but also exciting! But mostly scary.
- Yoga every darn day! I’ve already been good at this one. I’m doing a home practice challenge with a YouTube yogi I follow, and I’ve only missed 2 out of 20 days so far. I feel much better on days that I practice. If you want to join me, go to Yoga Camp with Yoga with Adriene!
- Improve my diet. I’m not being crazy here; I know I’m not ready to give up burgers and my favourite indulgences. Have I mentioned yet how much I love ice cream? But I want more home made food in my future. I haven’t made so much progress on this one, but I have made a few big batches of random stuff in the past couple of weeks. Anyone got tips on cooking for one, on an irregular schedule?
- Find motivation. I’m not quite sure how to start this one yet. I think it has a lot to do with my career, now that I’m officially done earning degrees. 2016 looks good so far. I’m the Artistic Director of an independent theatre company, I’m working on a great show in Montreal starting next week, and I’ve got a few potentially important meetings booked. I just have to keep the ball rolling!
Of course, consistent writing is also a goal, and the blog is helping with that already. I’m sure as the months go on I’ll find more things I want to improve, but the overarching goal seems to be to feel a little bit more fulfilled, and a little less anxious. Hopefully, coupled with the things I already do, like journaling and reading for pleasure, I’ll be feeling pretty good by the end of the year!
So, here’s to 2016 being a banner year, blog and all! What are you all looking forward to this year? What have you already accomplished in 2016? Tell me! I want to know!