Starting Over.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

This week's Equals Record post is about new beginnings. As I've written before, this year has been a challenging one thus far. I'd even go so far as to say it's been a bit of a mess. So a couple of weeks ago, a group of friends and I thought, why not start over?


An excerpt from the post: "‘Bad news,’ wrote my friend Natalie in a g-chat a couple of weeks ago. ‘Mercury isn’t even in retrograde yet.’ We’d had a conversation the day before about the challenges, the kinks and quirks, the general weirdness of the year thus far. We’d speculated that there must be some sort of cosmic explanation for all of it. Apparently, we were wrong. ‘What does this mean for us?’ I asked. ‘Shit hits the fan February 23rd,’ she replied. ‘Maybe I’ll hibernate,’ I wrote back."


Read the post in full, here. My Looking Forward archive (featuring posts about the ups and downs of "growing up" in my twenties) can be found here

And a bit of bittersweet news to share: this week's post will be my last on the Equals Record. I'll continue to write about similar themes on Sho & Tell on a regular basis - and will also be instituting other changes, both big and small, on my own site in the coming weeks - so stay tuned. Many thanks to Miya and Elisabeth for the incredible opportunity to write for such a beautiful site, and a big thank you to you, too, for your support, friendship, and kind words along the way. It's been a wonderful journey. Looking forward to what's next...

Top left photograph by Danni of Oh, Hello Friend. Top right unknown (please share if you know the photographer). Bottom image via Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

21 comments:

Suzette said...

I love reading your lovely blog posts Sho and especially your beautiful heartfelt writing. Here's to a great 2013-- I am confident that all will fall into place and surprise you! Looking forward to reading more of your work every week! Thanks for sharing. Suzette

max said...

amazing as always. your pieces for the equals record were truly wonderful and i always looked forward to them. i will miss reading these, but i'm excited for all the new things to come!

Heather said...

Such a good thing to keep in mind--that every day is a new chance to start over. I hope your year will start looking up--though I have no doubt it will, soon! And I'm looking forward to seeing what changes you have in store for your blog!

lydia {ever ours} said...

bittersweet indeed. always enjoyed reading your posts over there, but i'm excited for you to get more personal on here too!

aliceinbo said...

I don't know how to express it really well but I like what you write an live.

Good night from Spain!

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tara said...

Damn, I totally want to blame it on Mercury.

Love this piece, sorry that you won't be writing on Equals anymore. But please keep sharing your pieces, they are so wonderful!

Anonymous said...

very excited for what's next!

Shoko said...

Thank you so much! Will definitely continue to share here...

Akiko said...

I've read and loved all of your posts on the Equals Record, and am sad to hear this is your last one.. At the same time I'm so excited to hear your own site is coming soon! *if I understood correctly.. Good luck with everything I'm always a big fan! xo akiko
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fernchouxcreme said...

Shoko! Love your post, I can really relate. I am actually moving to a new country in a few weeks, I feel like I'm starting fresh as well. I wish our 2013 (yours starting Feb 24th, mine starting April 1st) will be splendid!

laura // BOOKM▲▲RKS said...

oh darn no more equal records? but oh YAY you're still obviously going to post here! absolutely brilliant idea to start over. i want to do that too. yes today is 7th march but why not - i second fernchouxcreme's comment here, my starting date would be 1st april where i'll be heading to my short holiday then i'll come back to sydney and starting a new job. it's actually within the same big company, but a new dept. i still get excited regardless cause i'll be having a better team and better manager, i think. hoping to start off fresh as well outside work with a better attitude, health and faith. anyway, enough rambling, love your post shoko, as always x

--- said...

Shoko-- if I could, I would give you the biggest cuddle right now. For no other reason than sometimes it's nice to get a cuddle from someone who believes in beautiful for you.

Lots of love x

Cara Mia said...

I'm so happy to have read your work on Equals Record. You continue to inspire me to write and most importantly, to be brave with that writing.
I'm looking forward to whatever is next for you!
xoxo,
caribou

Marie said...

What a beautiful piece. I can really say the same has been true of my year as well. Oh Shoko I’ll miss these pieces, but I’m excited for what’s next.

Shoko said...

You guys are really the sweetest. Thank you all so, so much for your encouraging words. I'm so incredibly lucky to have you as readers and friends.

Pink Ronnie said...

I loved this piece Shoko. And I definitely look forward to reading more of your work here on your blog.
Lots of love,
Ronnie xo

magical said...

you may have ended with my favorite post yet. can't wait to continue reading more about life and all of the wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) adventures that come along with it on your blog. love you! xx

Trish said...

What a beautiful essay and I love the concept of a do-over at any point in the year. I've enjoyed reading these pieces. Your future is so bright!

jiji said...

What an inspiring post! Happy new year to you! (I feel like the end of February coincides with the Lunar New Year so you did it right ;))

Hope that things are feeling better now. Was sad to read that you had been having such a rough year. Your blog is such a source of light and love and beauty and I'm sure it's a good reflection of it's owner. Trust that the dark pockets in our days give way to brighter horizons.

xoxo
jiji

jiji said...

Crap, I had written this nice, long comment only to have blogger say that service is unavailable.

Anyhoo, like you, I am starting over (comment wise, at least ;))

Was sad to read that you had been having a rough year and hope things are going better. Your blog is such a lovely and delightful read (which I'm sure is a true reflection of it's owner) and I love how you can write about hard times but still infuse a nice dose of optimism.

So just remember, the dark pockets or our days can seem overwhelming, but you just have to trust that they give way to brighter days. Cheers to a new year!

xoxo
jiji

ami said...

I'm so sad that you wrote your last post for the Equals Record. As you know, I always looked forward to them, and I really hope you continue posting similar themes on your blog. I know that there will be great things ahead for you, and I can't wait to see what they are!

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