Over the last 5 years, few things have brought me more joy than these Thursdays with you.
Write and think in public.
I’m burying the lead because I’m not sure I’m ready to tell you what I have to say. Because if I write it, then it’s true. But it’s true anyway, so here we go:
This will be my last newsletter for a little bit.
I am taking a newsletter sabbatical.
I need some space to think, not in public. To chew on ideas, to be wrong, to marinate a little in what I’m not sure about yet. To be bored. To edit and rework pieces that deserve more attention and consideration.
So, I’m going on sabbatical.
I will be back.
I hope you stay. I will understand if you don’t. It’s been a privilege being here with you on Thursdays. One I hope to continue to have when I return.
With love and SO much gratitude,
PS: If you, too, would like to go on sabbatical, I highly recommend going down the rabbit hole of Jordan Maney’s work and learning why rest is subversive. Then, grab yourself a copy of The Artist’s Way.
And then slip into your most comfy socks, snuggle into your favorite reading nook, bury yourself in a blanket, and read Audre Lorde’s essay: Uses of the Erotic.
Here’s a peek at the wisdom inside:
It is never easy to demand the most from ourselves, from our lives, from our work. To encourage excellence is to go beyond the encouraged mediocrity of our society…But giving in to the fear of feeling and working to capacity is a luxury only the unintentional can afford, and the unintentional are those who do not wish to guide their own destinies.
(For a full collection of Audre’s essays and poetry, click here. If you read it and have thoughts, email me. I’m on sabbatical, but not dead. And I love hearing from you. newsletter [at] thatseemsimportant [dot] com goes to my inbox. You can also follow me on Instagram, where I will continue to #HAMJAM with Hillary every two weeks.)
Big hugs xo