>Perhaps you’ve noticed that things are looking a little different around here. No more fancy headline (though I probably will work on getting a new one of those). A new address, new name – all of which entailed a lot more work than I anticipated, truly. To be honest, I did it on a lark. Really. I’d been feeling rather drudgy about the Confessions of a Novice moniker for a while. When I started it was a nice statement about how I felt about the world – like there is always so much more to learn and do that, really, we’re all doomed to perpetual novicedom – and that’s beautiful and hopeful and lovely because it holds so many possibilities and open doorways in it. Lately, though, having my name permanently attached to the word “novice” has made me feel like I’m playing myself small, not standing in my own power (as I’m so excited to learn to do in the next few weeks with magpie girl). And as I signed off a note wishing the birthday girl “all things bright and beautiful,” as I so often do, I thought about how exciting that phrase is to me – how it’s a refrain that I’ve echoed through my life for a long time. It encapsulates all my hopes and dreams and the glory of the every day itty-bitty, too. It can hold my thoughts on life and love, my joy in food and garden, the beauty of the world around me – which is all I want this blog to hold and it didn’t seem to before. I have ideas and aspirations for this place, friends, and this felt like the way to initiate it. Though, as I mentioned, it has had some rather frustrating repurcussions – I had no idea that every previous link to my blog would be rendered absolutely dead. Ah, well. It’ll work itself out, I think. And, as ever, turn into something beautiful.
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