My name is Lynn Stott and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I'm a transplanted North Carolinian, a lifelong student (both in degree programs and outside of them), a lover of books, reading, travel, languages, ways of thinking, good food, and the adventure of life.
This is not my first blog attempt. Years ago, I jumped on the bandwagon -- determined to use blogging as an outlet for my writing. Performance anxiety got the best of me, however, and I continually balked -- unable to choose the "right" topic. I pushed out a few things, but not many. I saw blogging as a formal publishing platform -- and I think I set my standards too high. I paralyzed myself.
So, now, a few years and many life lessons later, I think I'm ready.
And what will I write about? Whatever I darned well please! I'd love the focus of a Molly Wizenberg or Julie Powell - but I like more than food, and I never stay with only one project at a time.
If I had to state a theme, I guess it's about being fully awake in the second part of life. Other than the fact that I'm not likely to write about work-related topics here (I'll be doing that at VividThink), I think there is nothing off limits.
I'm also using the blog as an accountability touchstone - a public witness to a promise to myself to rediscover a bit of carpe diem attitude that characterized my younger years. And yes, I do shudder a bit at the fact that I am old enough to speak of "my younger years."My current mantras:
- Be here now. (me - and probably a gazillion other people)
- Life is not about discovering yourself; life is about creating yourself. (George Bernard Shaw)
- I will make a little of la dolce vita now, here. (me again)
My current projects (too many, I know, but I can't be any other way):
- I've planted an herb garden & am trying to keep it from going to seed too fast.
- I'm trying to use enough herbs from the garden to make it worth all the time and effort of maintaining.
- I'm writing a young adult adventure novel about a time-traveling teen with an archaeologist mom.
- I'm establishing a blog for my professional thinking and reading.
- I'm extending my cooking repertoire; my goal is to be a more spontaneous cook - to be able to buy whatever is fresh and good in the market and have an idea of what I can do with it when I get home.
- I'm figuring out Twitter.
- I'm lurking on Facebook - trying to decide whether to really get involved or not (and if so, how deeply).
- Oh, and I have a spouse, a dog and a full time day-job.
So here's saying YES to the adventure - while I've still got the knees for it.
I'll share my news & link you to the work of my co-adventurers and inspiration: about writing, travel, food & cooking, gardening, reading and whatever else strikes my fancy.
I'm hoping for a rollicking ride.