2023 is upon me…I’m ready

2023 seemed to come quickly.

Although every year has the very same 365 days – or 366 days when we “leap. It sure seems that some years pass more quickly than others – especially as I mature.

I understand why 2022 in particular seem to pass in a blur – I had a lot going on!

I moved my professional life from one Midwestern location to another – although the move of my personal and social lives have not fully followed (a story for another day).

This move was one that entailed packing up my liberal-arts infused science career at a research institution that resulted in my producing work spanning from lessons on the biochemistry of plants to lessons from plants (#LessonsFromPlants) on how to thrive as humans, individually and in community.

This is a move that I described as moving from ethos alone to ethos and place.

Cover of the book Lessons from Plants (2021, Harvard University Press) by Beronda L. Montgomery

I’m still processing and writing through my reflections of my first 6 months in this new professional phase. I’m sure I’ll share some here, in published essays, and these reflections may even influence some portions of my next long-form project-in-progress (more on the latter soon!).

The greatest victory is that I’ve re-established my writing practice that experienced some significant disruptions in the first couple of months after my move in late June 2022. This re-establishment involves a new BELOVED plant-laden writing studio, and as of last week’s end-of-year writing retreat, a writing plan and schedule for 2023. As always my writing retreat involved reflecting on my writing progress (and challenges) for last year. I wrote both before, during, and after the move even if the pace was slower and sporadic.

I’m excited about the writing journey ahead for me in 2023. I’ve got solo and joint writing retreats on the calendar – with room for more!

2023 is here…and I’m ready for it!

I generally end each post with “As always, if you have thoughts on this or other posts, you can find me on Twitter at @BerondaM“. While this is currently true, it could change given *waves hand all around*, but you can always find me by adding yourself to my list here on this site: www.berondamontgomery.com

I hope each of you is ready for all that 2023 has in store for you.