Two years ago, two days before my birthday, I decided to begin my new year with this blog and registered Beurskens Picks. Then the blog sat dormant for about a year before I posted anything. Here we are again with another year around the sun as Beurskens Picks and I both turn a new age.
I am not a person that goes all out for their birthday. I don’t celebrate my birthday month, or week. If I tell people it’s my birthday, who I am not friends with on Facebook, it’s usually done in a lowered voice. I am perfectly happy spending time with my family and friends going out to dinner, a drink, or just doing a little birthday window shopping solo. I enjoy receiving texts and phone calls from friends and loved ones. Say what you want about Facebook, but Facebook on your birthday is kind of the best.
For this new year of my life, and blog, I’m continuing to write and post regularly and with that I could think of no other song that fits more appropriately than Jose Gonzalez’s Every Age off the album Vestiges & Claws. This song, as most of Gonzalez’s songs, as contemplative, but simple and powerful. It’s a song that feels right to celebrate a new year of life on earth. It’s a song that makes me feel hopeful for this new year and really that’s what a birthday should bring.
“Action has magic, grace, and power in it.” – Goethe
It has been almost a year since I’ve posted anything on Beurskens Picks, and it’s time to take action. I haven’t written anything in a while because I’m still trying to figure out what to do with this blog. Also when something is put off for so long, it makes it difficult to start again. I began multiple posts that have remained as drafts and then were never seen by anyone except for me, and still sit as drafts.
Other things took precedent over writing blog posts too. I started interning, which is an experience that somehow manages to encourage growth and some days I feel defeated and overcome with doubt. Yet every time I feel ready to throw in the towel another opportunity comes along, which seems like sign to not give up yet. I moved, not far from where I was before, but learning to adjust to a whole bunch of newness has been difficult. A lot of things that I did regularly that made me happy I stopped doing, which just gets into this cycle of unhappiness and then not doing anything about it because I’m unhappy. In taking steps to spark creativity and a place of contentment I started The Artists Way again. I’m not as diligent as I was when I first read it years ago, but I have began writing morning pages again, which seems to be more of a battle with myself than when I previously wrote them.
In reading, The Artists Way, I read the above Goethe quote, and could not stop thinking about it. I’ve been thinking about my actions, or the lack of not making any, and the want to write a blog post popped into my head. So that’s how I got here. “Action has magic, grace, and power in it.” So today I’m taking action, at least a little step toward it. I found a song that appropriately goes along with this by Good Graces called Standing In Line. I don’t know much about them as a band, except that their from Atlanta and they write a sweet little song that warms my 90’s teenage heart. So here. And hear.
Hopefully this inspires some sort of action in your day, maybe to stop standing in line. Or sit in traffic, as Los Angeles was just voted the worst traffic city in the US. Yes, I’ve moved back to L.A.