It’s hard to believe we are already a third of the way through February. Though to me it’s typical that this time of year moves pretty fast; the festivity of the holidays is gone, and we are all working hard to get where we need to be. This year I promised myself that I would work hard to change the things I want to change, and to be open about the things I want to do, the person I want to be, and the things I want to create. I am a very private person by choice, but this year I want to open up about some of the creative things I engage in and not be afraid of what people may think.
In the spirit of that, you may have noticed that things on the website are starting to look different, and it might surprise a lot of you to learn that I actually take photos; it’s something that I’ve been doing on and off for the past few years and I’ve decided that it’s important that people actually know that. I’m also happy to announce that I am in the process of setting up a web design business. I have been designing websites in a million different capacities for a decade, and I figure now is a good time to make it official and go professional. Petley Creative is scheduled for launch on my birthday, February 19.
But at the heart of all these things, is my book. It’s at the point now where it’s taking on a life of its own, and I’m happy to see it grow on its own. It is not often that a project like this goes from strength to strength, but this time it has, and I’m taking that as a sign that this one is meant to be. It’s going to take a long while before I can share it with anyone, but I’m looking forward to eventually being able to share this part of myself with the world.
I’m going to be turning 28 in a few days and I think this birthday is going to be a lot more significant than usual. I have felt myself changing, in the way I think about things, in the way I approach problems, in the way I look, and in the way I want to live. On the one hand I don’t want to get older, but on the other I have always been old. For the first time in a long time I feel like I have a voice, and this year I want it to be heard; by my friends, my family, and the world. If the Monday Year is about hard work and new beginnings, then it’s time to get to it.