“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”
Allow me to introduce myself. I am the master behind Mastering Minds or simply, Meagan. I would like to say that I am not a morning person nor am I a night owl. Unfortunately, I have been best friends with insomnia for nearly a decade. I haven’t quite figured out if it’s a boy or girl. At this point it could be a magical unicorn or my version of Tinkerbell. Last night into this morning was a bit tricky but nothing out of the ordinary. Basically, I barely slept but I made sure to get my iced coffee from Dunkin and a french toast bagel with taylor ham, egg and cheese. By now, you’re probably wondering why I’m sharing. Well, this is how I began my first morning of the Writer’s Retreat. Belly happy, eyes sleepy, and ready to learn.
I met an acquaintance from last fall semester, the infamous, “Why do you write?” I know this retreat represents more than this question but it replays in my head like a violin. Since this pandemic and the end of the spring semester, I have been feeling like less than a writer. Although I know it’s not true, it is still a feeling. I am happy to be a part of this program’s family. I have learned that new voices, new ideas, new words and new friends can help me climb over that mountain called Writer’s Block. For those of you familiar with this grand mountain, you understand that it can shift from continent to continent, mood to mood, Sunday to Saturday and AM to PM.
My goal during this retreat to answer that infamous question. Writing usually helps me to exhale but inhaling is my current struggle. I would like to get to know myself on a different level. Last semester, I was asked to write a memoir which led to unique poetry for my second class and somehow trickled into an essential building block for a research proposal in my third class. I thought it was amazing how well aligned my three classes were in preparing me for my personal mission of Self-Discovery through my own words.
I do have ideas and I do have doubts. As I sit in my hot and small space, I begin as usual to over-think on what else to say or share. I am inspired to somehow make this into my thesis concept. I am aspiring to use this concept as a road map to my self-discovery.
Step 1 of this adventure: collect all written ideas. I
Now it’s my turn to practice what i used to preach to my Kindergarten students:
Dare to dream…Dream to understand
Understand to believe…Believe to have hope
Hope to find faith…Faith leads you to achieve
Achieve to build esteem…Build esteem to motivate
Motivate to dare…Dare to dream.
I guess for now just stay tuned for tomorrow’s update.
Episode 2: The Powerful Retreat
Thanks a bunch,