One of my goals this year was to post weekly blogs. Like many people, by mid-February, my New Year’s resolutions began to lag. While my good intentions were there, the mental space and energy was not.
So, if I haven’t been posting, what the heck have I been doing?
The answer – so many activities!
First and most important – I’ve devoted countless hours to an essay I started nine months ago. I’m happy to share it has (finally) been submitted for consideration to the New York Times, Modern Love column. I put a lot of time and energy into the piece. I’ve never been more proud and more sick of something. The column has a one percent acceptance rate. Yeah, the chances are slim. However, the Editor reads every single essay and I think it’s pretty darn cool a New York Times Editor will be reading my work within the next 2-3 months. Yes, it takes a long time. Please say a little prayer on my behalf to the Editor Gods. Accepted or not, I will share it on my blog as soon as the Times gives me the green
or red light.
If you haven’t heard of the column, it’s guaranteed to warm even the coldest of hearts. Here are the most popular essays and a few of my favorite podcasts:
- What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage by Amy Sutherland
- Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear by Laura Munson
- Good Enough? That’s Great by Daniel Jones (who happens to be the column Editor)
- Podcast: A Outrun Heart read by Colin Farrell
- Podcast: When the Doorman is Your Main Man read by Cecily Strong
- Podcast: In the Waiting Room of Estranged Spouses read by Lance Reddick
I’ve also continued my quest toward minimalism. The Minimalists even shared my post about Cancer and Minimalism on their Facebook page, which was pretty sweet. Otherwise, our entire house has been cleaned out and organized. We made over six trips to Goodwill where we donated fifteen boxes and bags. I’ve since moved on to tackling digital clutter. The biggest achievement has been reducing 25,000 photos down to 2,500. My goal was also to do “Internet Free Sundays”. It failed miserably and Fabien is grateful. In April, I’m looking for someone to play the Minimalist Game with me. If you’re interested, send me a message.
I’m currently working on a few more cancer related blogs, which I’ll share here in the coming weeks. And the biggest news of all – next week, I’m starting research on a subject which I hope will turn into my first book. I am excited and terrified. Stay tuned for more.
Otherwise, I want to share a few things that are rocking my world:
- Podcast: Missing Richard Simmons. Filmmaker, Dan Taberski, is on a quest to find out what happened to Richard Simmons and why he all a sudden fell of the face of the earth. It’s fascinating and strange.
- Podcast: The Forward. Much to my suprise, Lance Armstrong is actually a pretty great interviewer and interesting subject himself. In The Forward Podcast he talks with everyone from Malcolm Gladwell to Rahm Emmanuel to Neil deGrasse Tyson to Bo Jackson. It’s quite entertaining. Love him or hate him – you have to tip your hat to a guy who raised millions for cancer research.
- Podcast: The Minimalists. Are you seeing a theme? The podcast is almost better than the Netflix documentary.
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. I’m late to this party since the book was published in 2000. If you ever write anything (ever), you should check out this book. It’s a master’s degree in itself. Plus, King is an impressive guy and the stories behind his stories are captivating.
- Die Young With Me. I’ve read a lot of cancer memoirs, but this one is by far the best because of it’s raw honesty. By pure coincidence, the author, Rob Rufus, lives in Nashville.
Lastly, someone, somewhere shared my blog and my readership has gone through the roof. Whoever you are – THANK YOU FOR SHARING AND READING! I’m also on Twitter at @staciechevrier.
I hope everyone is off to a great 2017, living large and doing so many fun activities:
Bonus cool points if you knew “so many activities” came from the movie ‘Step Brothers’: