Taking a cue from Lola Åkerström, I want to begin a series on Word of the Year starting this year. Right now. 2019 is meant for change, and most importantly:

Focus

As a writer, I am captivated by words, and have been since childhood. I was the resident bookworm of my family, and despite still reading as a past-time, writing has been my primary focus for the greater part of the past few years.

But I struggle to complete any one project. And I have many of them ongoing. I am, or consider myself, a writer, a photographer, and an editor. Growing in each takes practice; and patience.

For the past few years I have been working on a poetry collection inspired by the word friluftsliv; it’s a Norwegian word that can be hard to translate. It literally means “free air life.” Outdoor adventure and environmental appreciation go hand in hand. On my road trip through Northern Norway, I was impressed by the jaw-dropping landscapes, the wide open spaces, and general freedom that you enjoy walking outside, or hiking in the mountains. I recall the laid-back, friendly

Read more from my first blog post.

So this year I want to achieve at least one of my goals. And that is to finish my first poetry collection. It’s like I’ve been slowly building it up; slowly writing each piece to near perfection. It’s still coming along, after two years. And I am not giving up on it. It’s important that I share it with you all, once complete, because I believe we need better environmental education and appreciation for nature.

I want to share it with you, my followers, and the world. Because like Gandhi said, “You must be the change you seek in the world.”

 

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