Turns out, for us, today is more than the first day of February. Today is the first day of our email newsletter, something we’ve hardly hinted at here on the blog before but that’s been in the works since the end of last year. A few of you noticed that we’ve had a signup button on the blog since December, and you’ve already subscribed. Hooray! The rest of you may or may not have any idea what I’m talking about. For that reason, we thought we’d launch the first issue not only by sending it to our charter subscribers’ inboxes, but also by posting the bulk of its content here. Going forward, this content will be strictly via email—there’s a signup button in the sidebar. If you like what you see, we hope you’ll subscribe.
And let us know if you have questions! Happy Friday! Happy February! Happy newsletter!
The Kind of Art We Make
or, the power of just being brave and starting already
Before I say anything else, I should probably say something about this newsletter. It’s our first–which makes it both exciting and terrifying–and we want you charter subscribers to know how much we appreciate your signing on. I would give each of you a cookie if I could.
The truth is, I’ve wanted to start a newsletter for months, but the reason I haven’t is the same reason I sometimes have writer’s block or don’t want to pick up a paintbrush or am hesitant to try a new recipe. It might be the same reason you’ve always wanted to start a blog but haven’t or, think it would be cool to try einkorn flour but avoid it instead:
Fear shows itself in all kinds of excuses and procrastinations–with newsletters, it was the voice saying, “It’s too hard,” or “Why bother?” But if Agatha Christie is right, that “the secret to getting ahead is getting started,” then the best thing to do with those excuses is ignore them. Getting started, fear or not, is exactly what I’m going to do. More in more in life, I’m seeing that this–the simply taking the step, opening the Word document, launching the website–is what separates the dreamers from the dreamer-doers.
You have to start.
You have to show up.
You have to put one foot in front of the other and do something.
One of my starts, this year, is this newsletter, which I’d like to send you once a month. I hope to fill these notes with inspirations, behind-the-scenes thoughts, upcoming news and opportunities for you to give feedback and respond–a sort of insider pack of content that lets you loyal readers in on what’s going on. It, like everything else I do, is a work in progress, so your ideas and thoughts are welcome, too.
But for now, today, in this first post, the newsletter is simply going to be this: a gentle nudge to start, for you.
Whatever the thing is that you’re wanting to try but waiting on: Why not stop waiting today? Why not book the appointment, send the email, pull out a paper and pen?
The beautiful thing about starting is that it isn’t conquering; it isn’t mastering; it isn’t figuring everything out. Starting is all about putting one foot out, into what you’re unsure of, launching out, and taking a step.
To the small things!
(Oh, and PS, speaking of starting: The watercolor header now up on the blog is the new February header at Food Loves Writing, starting today. Over the next year, it will be a regularly revolving header, reflecting a creative practice of picking up a paintbrush and, deciding to paint.)