The whole stacybrice.com (don’t bother looking…there still isn’t anything there) thing, in fact, this whole renewed love of my work thing that came about in June when I spent the day learning from David Neagle, has led to a most unexpected eventuality. I’m changing.
Now J has been telling me for months that I'm changing, and I knew that that was true in some ways, but what's happened to me, change-wise, since June has shown it to me with crystal clarity.
A story… from the other day, at lunch (we do this a lot) with Dawn, again at the same fav lunch haunt. The day was gorgeous—in fact, our entire summer here has been uncharacteristically so. The host asked if we wanted to eat inside or outside, and Dawn looked to me for the answer, because I tend to wilt in the heat, and she thought for sure I would rather eat inside. I said enthusiastically, “Outside, please!”
Dawn looked at me oddly and asked, “Who are you, and what have you done with my best friend?”
Outside, she, of course, didn’t look at the menu. We always order the same things at this place. I, on the other hand, was trying to decide if I wanted something other than the usual.
Again, this time with a bit of a stink-eye, “Who are you, and what have you done with my best friend?”
And lastly (at least for that day), during lunch, she suggested we do one of our infamous work weekends before my sabbatical begins in October (those of you new to me wouldn’t know that, for the past ten years, I’ve taken a sabbatical at the end of each year—in the most recent years, not working at all during the last quarter of the year). Finishing my bit of Kung Pao chicken, I tossed back casually, “Oh, I’m not taking a sabbatical this year.”
“Who ARE you, and WTF have you done with my best friend??”
I’m here. Really I am. I’m just vibrating differently than a few months ago. And it’s alllllll good. I’m still the person people have known…only infinitely bettah. And man, am I grateful that God has surrounded me with the people closest to me. They’ve loved me this far, and I know that they’re gonna love me even more moving forward.
Change is, indeed, a wonderful thing, and I feel like I’m diving, head first, into all of it I can get myself into.
More from the “front” as it happens. This is so exciting! :D