Just in case an old friend, a curious colleague, or a former client decides to come around my website to check in, I figured it'd be useful to type an update considering that, at least in my life, 2015 zipped by with the lion's share of change.
A year ago, I was ringing in the new year during a snowstorm in the backcountry of Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Northern Cascades. On that trip, I skied dozens of fresh tracks while setting a broad intention to shake it up and pursue some personal and professional challenges in the year to come.
Today, I'm writing this from the other side of the country in the Green Mountains of Vermont, taking a break from my new, wild home in NYC, and grounding myself before the second and final semester of my current studies. As you can infer, change was bold last year, and there's more around the corner.
I've applied to a dozen PhD programs in sociology departments around the country and I expect messages of acceptance or rejection (hopefully more of the former than the latter...does that go without saying?) to arrive in February and March. In the meantime, I'm conducting interviews for my current research, prepping a paper for a conference, looking forward to a meditation retreat in Massachusetts, training to hike down and up the Grand Canyon in the spring, and expecting to graduate in May. Our whereabouts for the second half of 2016 depend on whether or not I get an offer from a sociology program and whether or not it's how I decide to spend the next 5++ years of my life. So, there are extra question marks to life these days, maybe more than I'm comfortable with. It's exciting but disruptive, and I will be relieved to have some clarity and direction.
All this to say: three cheers for 2016! I'm leaning into the challenges of this chosen adventure, finding more questions than answers in my current work, and understanding more about myself through this uncomfortable process, which is probably the whole point, after all. And while so much of my surroundings and just as many of my thoughts are unclear, I'd like to share the small handful of things I know (and because list-making is extremely comforting to me):