Monday, April 17, 2017

Hello Good Friend



How ya been?

I've been.... away. 

Okay, here's the real story. I have been so. effing. busy. So busy, in fact, that I haven't even moved my old Denver Style posts over here for your blog love consumption. This has been one of my most transformative and productive years; I am teaching in a classroom that I lovvvvvve, in my second semester of grad school, contributing monthly to Denver Style Magazine, working with the Denver Writing Project, and plugging away at a lot of personal writing projects. It's a LOT, but its a lot of really amazing stuff. BUT, Freshly Sharpened has been really neglected. I'm sorry, blog reader. I'm also sorry, blog. You poor little website. I created you, purchased your URL, and then I left you in a gutter to rot! Okay, no. No I did, not; I love you, little website. And I love you if you are reading this. I'm sorry I ran away for a minute. 

Life gets away from us sometimes, but when we are working hard at work that we love, then that is OKAY. I have been swept up in education, both mine and that of my students. I have felt so fulfilled that a year or so of crippling work and despair has fallen off me like Forrest Gump's leg braces the first time he ran. Like, you guys, I almost tear up even thinking about my life a year ago today. I was sad, scared, and aimless. Even so, since I moved to Denver, I have set certain goals for myself, certain dreams to chase. And I'm IN IT, guys, I used that tough year to get myself really in it. I've been running for the past five months, coming back to myself with every step. And I have been so blissfully happy to drown in books and documents. But I'm ready to come up for some sun. I'm ready to share my life with you and Freshly Sharpened again. 

Hello good friend. Thanks for waiting for me.