Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hi from grandma land

Hello from grandma land. I'm taking care of these two precious bundles of joy for the next three months. They are just delightful, but taking care of twins is beyond anything I could have imagined. It is a two-person job for sure and my wonderful sister-in-law is here helping me until my hubby comes next week. They are almost 3 months old already and smiling bunches. The boy has rolled over from tummy to back a few times. Last night my sister-in-law and I celebrated completing our first week and went out for a lovely dinner.
Today I am baby-free till 6 pm tonight, when we'll watch the babies so the kids can go have a nice dinner. Sometimes I question my sanity in agreeing to do this for three months, but the gratification and joy far outweighs the exhaustion. Mostly it's my age that makes it difficult.

Blessings to everyone,
Karen

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group - February


Well, it's been awhile since I've posted here (thank you, Alex, for reminding me). I guess because I'm not working on a writing project at the moment, this has not been top of mind for me. But there is a new writing project lurking in my subconscious and I'm struggling with whether I want to do it or not.
I've just become a grandmother to twins and I'm going to be flying back and forth to the East Coast fairly frequently.
I'm turning 69 in April and I'm not sure I want all the energy and attention that will be required to do this project to go to that project.
Partly, it's because I haven't been "successful" in the ways I hoped at writing. Yes, each book has been immensely satisfying to complete and put out in the world. But truthfully, they're not selling. And truthfully, I'm not doing anything to help them sell.
Perhaps there's a reason people retire in their sixties and seventies. We've worked hard at our careers all our lives and at some point, it becomes time to let go of "doing" and just "be."
Except I'm not happy when I'm not productive. And I'm not particularly happy when I'm not writing. Writing always has and probably always will, helps me make sense of my world. So...I'll probably peck away at this new project for that reason alone. It is another memoir...one that continues to chronicle this incredible healing journey I am on. Stay tuned....

Blessings
Karen