Sometimes I think we can get caught up in the idea of a new year being a fresh start. We talk about this crazy year, and look forward to everything being different on 1 January. But will it be? Are we leaving this pandemic and the rest of our lives behind us? Or do we carry these things with us into each new day?
I’ve been doing some work behind the scenes, both on this website and also on a new project I have been planning to launch after the new year. I am pretty much always full of plans; sometimes it feels overwhelming. And while I had been hoping to be able to announce my new launch with the new year, sometimes, life gets in the way. I’ve decided to be okay with that. Things are still happening.
This is the year I found the energy to really work on the site, and especially on my two personal missions: creating and supporting community in grief, and telling the truth about stillbirth and informed pregnancy. This is the year I found the energy to show up—to write and share regularly; to make connections; to make long-term plans.
Some of these plans include:
- More guest posting (see Pursue Today, Kierra Butcher, and Scary Mommy)
- More graphics (in new formats! Coming soon…)
- Continued community in Sea Glass Parenting on Facebook, with more guest speakers
- Continued partnerships with organizations like Mera’s Mission and more
- Updated and new resources for bereaved families and those who support them (please let me know if you have any suggestions for things I haven’t covered yet)
- A new format for the Sea Glass Writing course
- A brand new website, optimized for the individual experience
- And finally—yes, there will be a book
And so, while I don’t have anything extra exciting to announce at the end of this year, I’m still feeling pretty good about where I’m sitting today. I’m a work in progress, pretty much always, and that’s okay. Because new beginnings aren’t dictated by pages on a calendar. And it really doesn’t have to be a new beginning anyway.
Thinking of you all with love,
Miranda, Adrian’s Mother