Sunday, October 05, 2014

31 Days of New Life

At the end of last month, I started seeing a "31 Days of...." theme going around.
The idea is to post every day in October around a theme. I think. I'm too lazy to research what it really is. I figured it out! It's hosted by the Nesting Place blog.

Early jacaranda sprout with second round of leaf growth
By Skotkin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 

Also, today is October 5th, not the first, so I will likely not get in 31 posts.
However, I want to write! In recent months, I've enjoyed reading Allison Vesterfelt's blog.
And I've just put her book Packing Light into my Book Depository cart.
Recently, she was promoting a writing video course she made, and some of the things she said about writing struck me (disclaimer: I didn't sign up for the course, though it sounds helpful and interesting). Like this:

"...nothing has helped me uncover and recover myself like writing.
Writing is incredibly healing. It is beautifully calming. It can help us find our way home." 

It's been 18 months and three days since we moved to Tokyo from Skokie, Illinois, and for most of these months, I've been silent in terms of writing. Seems likely my suffering has been prolonged as a result. I've been telling myself I needed to talk things over with a person to process this amazingly difficult change properly. I still think that helps-I've been given several sweet friends to talk with, so I suppose I don't think, I know! I also know the prayers I've been messily flinging in the general direction of God have been heard. Things, or more likely -I myself- am different. BUT IF ONLY I HAD BEEN WRITING.

So in the spirit of better late than never, I'm going to write again. I'm going to use this space and this month to talk about new life: my new life here, the new life of our family, the new life we have in God when we believe Him and perhaps other things altogether.

I might even have to post the outfit pictures a few of you have asked for....
Please come along!

Day 2: New Typhoon Day
Day 3: New TV
Day 4: New Mirror
Day 5: New Lunar
Day 6: New Chocolate, But Only This Once
Day 7: New Pencils
Day 8: New Restaurant
Day 9: New Shoes Soup
Day 10: New Potterheads
Day 11: WIWW, Getting Chilly Edition
Day 12: New Day for Memory of Loss
Day 13: New International Relations
Day 14: New Language
Day 15: New and Old Too: Kindy Sports Day
Day 16: Zoo Birthday Party
Day 17: WIWW (What I Wore Wednesday)
Day 18: New Throwback Thursday
Day 19: Funny Faces Friday
Day 20: New Angle
Day 21: New Game
Day 22: New Non-Negative No
Day 23: WIWW, Black and White and Blue
Day 24: New Conference


Laurie said...

I'm coming along! I miss you and I miss your words.

Jamie Matsuoka said...

Hooray! Thanks! I'm so happy I won't be talking to myself. :-)

Jen said...

Can't wait to hear what you've been thinking and feeling lately :)

Jane Lucas said...

I've missed your words. Please keep writing! Number one fan. Mom. Actually your number one fan is Jesus.