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I’ve always loved staying current.
I like to empty my whole house once a year. The whole thing—every closet, drawer, cabinet gets emptied in the middle of each room. I purge. I sort in four piles. Do I love this? Is it in working condition? Can someone else use it if I don’t? Pile 1 I keep. Pile 2 I take to get fixed. Pile 3 I give away. Pile 4 goes in the trash. It takes spring cleaning to a whole new dimension!
I also like to check if I am current with people and conversations. Is there any conversation I need to have? Are there any friends I am neglecting? Is there any friendship that does not feel mutually beneficial? And I take actions on that…
And of course I do it with myself. Am I loving what I am doing? Am I loving who I am doing it with? Am I able to do it well with all of my heart engaged?
And that is where this post is going. I am no longer feeling able to maintain Life by Me as well as I would like. I’ve started a new business, Shape House. It is growing and wanting more and more of my attention, time, and resources. So that is what is current for me. And I have to have the courage and the guts to act on what is true for me.
I loved every minute (okay, almost every minute!) I’ve spent on Life by Me.
I loved the people that I’ve interviewed. I loved the people I created it with and worked with every day to publish it. I loved birthing it with Drai, Cari, Shannon, Val, Erick, and my dear friend Mikey who has carried most of the torch the past few months with such talent, willingness, and humor. And last but definitely not least, I loved bringing my daughter Leah into the adventure with me. Not one word of the past hundreds of posts was published without her care and eagle eye and genius tech ability. To watch her learn and be so dependable and accountable and caring and talented and willing to get it done every day has truly been one of the favorite things I have ever witnessed.
And okay, now the last thing: YOU. The reader. The interviewee. The very heart of what Life by Me is about. YOU who gave us a few minutes of your day, of your life, to share, to be inspired, to be the receiver of what we were doing. As I type these words to thank you, I feel my eyes welling up. I know you will continue to have a great life. You will continue to be the most interesting and loving and meaningful human being you can be. This website was created for you—so that you had a place to come and deepen your conversations. So that you had a place to share and get inspired by the hundred of voices we have captured here. So that you can know that this world is full of cool people doing really cool things just like you. So that if your eyes ever well up and you are not sure if you are doing the right thing, you can look back into your life and KNOW that following what is true for you has always yielded great magic.
To being honest and courageous.
To being current.
I so love you.
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devout writer. outdoor meditator. lover of life.
As an adopted person, Susan Chapman believes anyone can be her family. She explores and communicates this dynamic philosophy through her personal relationships and her work as a writer and Primordial Sound Meditation instructor. [www.themagicproject.com]