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I have forged through my MFA Program since my first term in January of 2014. It has been a most remarkable journey.
Today I uploaded my completed Thesis for final review and to forward to my Second Reader.
I am grateful to have experienced this opportunity. I have learned so much. I have grown tremendously. I have fulfilled a dream.
Today I am grateful for the ability to read and write. I know there are so many people in the world that are unable to read. They might never have an opportunity to enter another world, another life, another experience that is not their own. Reading has been a life saver for me many times through the years. I know there are people out there that are unable to write down their emotions, experiences, even their own names. I would not be able to function in this life if I couldn’t write. Many take reading and writing for granted, and I’ve often heard people say, “I hate reading” or ” I don’t have time to read.” Stop for a moment and think how empty your life would be without those two things.
Today’s gratitude comes from a deep place in my creative place. It’s the last day of the Sanibel Writer’s Convention and I must say, it has been an experience that far exceeded my expectations. I was sad at having to say farewell to some of my old and newfound friends, but I am sure I shall see them again. My creative spirit has been replenished and I am excited about what is to come.
Today I was able to spend some time communing with nature. I made a point of overcoming a deep rooted fear by going into the water chest deep. It’s liberating to face your fears head on and decide to take the necessary steps to master them. Though I was terrified inside, I was also reveling in a sense of freedom, and yes, I shouted it into the vast expanse of water around me. I am grateful I have enough strength to trust myself and know that chances and risks can lead to liberation. I believe that all things can be championed.
Today was the first day of the Conference. I knew as I sat in the seminar on taboo poetry that I’d found a new home for my creative journey. Though I’ve always dabbled in taboo subjects, I saw things from a different perspective. I am always deeply grateful when I have an opportunity to learn something new.
As I departed from home and headed to Sanibel for Writer’s Conference, I marveled at how far I’ve come as a writer. The idea of spending four days surrounded by writers and instructors that will share their energy with me is so exciting. I never imagined being part of something that is likely to help me with my growth as a poet and a lover of words. I am grateful to have this opportunity.