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Being the Change I Want to See

snow whiteIf 2014 taught me one thing, it’s this: Life = Change. Planned changes, like closing my consulting firm after a decade. In 2015, when someone asks me what I do, will it still feel weird to say, “I’m a writer!”??

Unplanned changes are the ones that get us. I mean, right? MTM shattered his collarbone in a freak accident. I am microscopically regaining sight in my right eye.

I planned time for things that didn’t materialize, surprised by how I mourned them. Letting go isn’t always easy, even when we know it’s time.

And that’s kind of how I feel about this space as I greet you today.

I’ve been blogging here since 2010. I’ve made friends, met my people. Shared Life in all its crazy iterations. Somehow, I became a writer.

And writers need official websites. (At least, that’s what the marketers keep telling me.)

So.

One week from today, January 5, 2015, my new author website will debut at andrawatkins.com!!!!! A slick repository for my writing, public appearances, photography, and yes, this blog. Robust enough to handle professional video with almost limitless plug-ins to showcase my work. I really hope you like it.

But that means Life = Change.

If you’re subscribed in the WordPress.com reader, my posts will still appear via a service called JetPack. Email subscribers will have to re-subscribe forย new posts. I’ll remind you again – several times – but please take a second and make a note to resubscribeย one week from today.

I’m looking forward to 2015. To meeting more of you. To seeing some of you again. To hearing about the memories you’re inspired to make during the Make a Memory campaign. To calling myself a writer and knowing I’m all in.

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  1. Okay. This makes sense. This evening (you’re up really late, for me anyway), I’ve been going back and forth with my editor (see the card I sent) and I’m embroiled like a sautรฉed shrimp. Gotta admit I like it. Don’t know if you’ve checked out my author site (jamesrichardstewart.com), but I need to pay more attention to it. I’ve used more parentheses in this comment than I’ve used all week. I’ll stop now. Good night, sweet superhero with the cute bow tie.

    December 29, 2014
    • I was up really late, Jim. We drove to MTM’s sister’s north of Appleton, WI, and I didn’t get to write my post until we returned. I feared it was a mess, but I guess it turned out ok.

      Headed over to check out your site now.

      December 29, 2014
  2. Good luck with the new website! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 29, 2014
    • Thanks, Heather. I need it. Doing this site has challenged me from every angle. I look tech savvy, but I’m NOT. ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 29, 2014
  3. Change is good. Progress is good. And being the change you want to “see” is even better. I am really hoping your sight gets better quickly. And, of course, looking forward to the new website.

    December 29, 2014
    • Given that I’ve now been on treatment for a week with only microscopic change, I predict several more months of treatment to eradicate. Or stronger drugs when I go to the doctor next week (and I don’t want stronger drugs. These have enough side effects for me, thank you.)

      December 29, 2014
  4. tarakianwarrior #

    I’m so proud of you and admire your resilience. It’s not easy (change) but you make it look easy.

    December 29, 2014
    • It’s not easy. If you saw me more, you’d know how easy it isn’t for me. Ha.

      December 29, 2014
  5. I am resistant to change myself. I keep hearing that writers need a website too. Good luck with all the new changes. Looking forward to seeing the new website and to seeing you at the Little Blue Bicycle soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    December 29, 2014
    • Apparently I do not know the address to my own website. ack! A testament to just how slick I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      December 29, 2014
    • This website business was something. I’m glad I went in the direction I chose. I really hope everyone likes it.

      December 29, 2014
  6. The RSS address will stay the same though?

    I can’t wait to see the new stuff you do, should be very cool!

    December 29, 2014
    • As far as I know, yes.

      I’m getting professional video done next week, so that won’t be ready for launch. But otherwise, it’s done.

      December 29, 2014
  7. Looking forward to the new site and the new year.

    December 29, 2014
  8. Congrats on the exciting changes that lie ahead! Change is good!

    December 29, 2014
    • Change is scary, especially this one. But if I don’t try, I’ll never know.

      December 29, 2014
  9. Over and over, I am reminded of that Patty Loveless song that says, Life’s About Changing, Nothing Ever Stays The Same.

    Life = Change — Change = Progress. It’s all good, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

    December 29, 2014
    • It’s good to everything except my savings/bank account/dwindling stash of money. But I made more sales with my first book than I expected, so I have to hope the more I focus and learn, the more I’ll be able to improve that ratio.

      December 29, 2014
  10. best of luck and hoping you get through the growing pains with as little pain as possible. between the two of you, you’ve had enough. i look forward to the new site and by the way, you really ARE an author and you can say that with pride ) beth

    December 29, 2014
    • I never say it with pride. Ha. MTM gets onto me all the time, because I downplay it in conversation. I hope I’ll improve with practice.

      December 29, 2014
  11. vastlycurious.com #

    I for one am completely, totally and utterly SICK of change !!! Happy New year dear Andra and may your 2015 be calmer!

    December 29, 2014
    • If it isn’t calmer, at least I hope it’s healthier. Here’s to your 2015, too!

      December 29, 2014
  12. Happy New Year!! And, as Sheryl Crow says….

    December 29, 2014
  13. Congratulations….what a great move. I’ll be resubscribing and am very much looking forward to seeing the new website:)

    December 29, 2014
    • I’m excited for you to see it, Roger. It’s very different, but I really like it.

      December 29, 2014
  14. change is good. (I keep hoping if I say it often enough I’ll stop having those “NO!” moments) Have a fabulous 2015!

    December 29, 2014
  15. How exciting, Andra! It’ll be fab. I know, I asked the Magic Eight Ball.

    December 29, 2014
    • I’ll have to ask my Magic Eight Ball when we get home. Glad to know someone else who relies on them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 29, 2014
  16. I’m looking forward to your new website, Andra, to your book launch, and to see what happens for you in 2015. It was wonderful to meet you and MTM in the flesh yesterday. It’s so much better than talking through a computer screen. Have a good time while you are in WI and have safe travels home.

    December 29, 2014
    • We’re glad it worked out that we could get together. Highlight of my day. Thanks so much for taking the time on a Packer game day, no less. We’ll have to plan dinner or something the next time we’re here. xo

      December 29, 2014
      • Absolutely, Andra. Perhaps when the Packers are NOT playing. ๐Ÿ™‚

        December 29, 2014
  17. I’d like to sign up under my main email. But the sign up insists on my gmail address. I need to figure out a way to switch over.

    December 29, 2014
    • I don’t know what the sign up form will look like when the new site launches. I hope you can use whatever email address you want.

      December 29, 2014
  18. Yougogirl! Yea! As I can’t remember what I just took out to prepare for tonight’s supper, I’ll appreciate the reminders, but, you know, I’ll find you eventually and look forward to seeing the advanced site.

    December 29, 2014
  19. Sounds perfect.!! Good luck.! I can’t wait to read more ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 29, 2014
    • I hope you’ll pay close attention to my Chicago-area dates as they are posted. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 29, 2014
      • Oh totally cool.!! I so will do that ๐Ÿ™‚

        December 29, 2014
  20. a new chapter!!!

    December 29, 2014
  21. Like being a part of watching the birth of a star.

    December 29, 2014
    • You’re very kind, John. I’m beyond petrified.

      December 29, 2014
      • You have a lot of fans and as Roosevelt said, the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. Break a leg.

        December 30, 2014
  22. I’m breaking my internet vacation promise to wish you all the best, Andra! I can’t wait to see your new site and want to echo the comments above – you are most definitely a real author. ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 29, 2014
    • Thanks for the cheat, Lisa. Looking forward to your pictures of 2015!

      December 30, 2014
  23. I am excited for you, Andra. You’ve been making huge leaps all year long and this one should simply showcase the best of them. I always find change a little hard and I often wonder why that is. I can’t wait to see your new site! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a nice way to usher in the new year, my friend. ox

    December 30, 2014
    • Everyone finds change hard, Debra. Without MTM, I’d be a splat on the floor most of the time. He picks me up when I no longer have the muscle.

      December 30, 2014
  24. Andra, I can’t wait to see what happens next! Not a day goes by when we don’t hear of some new triumph, some step further towards your ultimate goals. Your determination and drive are a real inspiration. 2014 was the year you stopped wishing and made it happen; and I have a feeling 2015 will be onwards and upwards….Happy New Year, friend.

    December 30, 2014
    • I don’t share all the setbacks…..trying to teach myself to celebrate the triumphs…….

      December 30, 2014
  25. Count me in, Andra. Love your sage attitude to life, and kudos for achieving do much this year. Hugs xx

    December 30, 2014
    • Happy 2015! I’m looking forward to more of your stories.

      December 30, 2014
  26. Kir Piccini #

    Andra, one of the highlights of 2014 was meeting you. I hope I get to do it again in 2015. More lunches, more storytelling, more ways to feel inspired by your life and friendship.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    December 30, 2014
  27. You have a gift for writing Andra. Go for it!

    December 30, 2014
  28. I’m with Kate: You are an inspiration and all round mensch. Looking forward to the Andra twopointawesome (A2.A). Happy new year!

    December 30, 2014
  29. I am so excited for you and as you know will follow you where ever you go! Wishing you the best in 2015! Woot!

    December 31, 2014
  30. angela #

    A writer…full time… congrats Andra for following your star – best wishes in 2015 ~

    January 1, 2015

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