Changes are happening in the Word Stew kitchen.
We’re taking our alphabet stew pots, poetry mixing bowls, and essay bakeware to the OutWrite Living kitchen to do all our blog writing over there from now onward. You’ll still be able to read the already-written posts here at Starla’s Word Stew; all new posts, though, will be published over at OutWrite Living (http://outwriteliving.com).
Short answer: to integrate and simplify.
Long answer: [read on]
You see, Word Stew has been like my dessert writing — the “easier” (for me, at least) writing that springs from a random inspiration in my day, or from a life-altering event, or from a heart so touched that the words are on the page almost before I get there.
OutWrite Living’s blog, on the other hand, has been more like main course writing — the not-so-easy (for me, at least) for-my-business writing that requires more time, various recipes, lots of simmering, careful handling, and a few extra trips to the store to procure whatever’s missing. That blog is the voice of my business, not just me.
Each is important in its own right (or write. ha! ouch.), and until this past week, each one needed their individual space.
So what happened?
I wrote a book, and it changed me.
This book (Wide Awake. Every Day.) is 365 pages of inspiration for conscious living — one page per day, with vignettes from and poetry inspired by everyday moments of my life. Each day also includes exercises you can do to help integrate that day’s learning into your own life in a very personal way.
Turns out when you write and write and write about integration, it becomes really important in your own life… like when you have two blogs and they really want to just be one.
As I told my coach last week,
Who I’m becoming is someone who still wants to share of her personal experience, but more within the context of my work. For the past few years, I’ve needed to be seen publicly thru 2 different lenses (personal and professional), and now it’s time for the public parts of me to integrate. The book is a perfect example of how that integration looks, and knowing quite well now how it feels to write in that more integrated way, I just know that’s where my writing really wants to be…
The key thing I feel with all of this is pure, rich, strong ALIGNMENT.
And with that, I shall put all my public blog writing into one space.
THANK YOU, each and every one of you, for providing this safe space for me to play with my writing, get to know myself (and you!) on the page, and to feel a community of support around me during all of it!
I still want to connect meaningfully with all of you, so I am taking my dessert writing from here and adding it to the banquet table over at OutWrite Living, the blog I write for my Creativity Coaching and Writing Coaching business.
Let’s gather at OutWrite Living over a full feast of words, shall we?