Updating my blog has become much less frequent than I like… it’s sort of like getting in touch with an old friend who moved away. (And far too many of my friends near and far know that I’m not as good at keeping in touch as I should be or as I want to be.) And this post isn’t even really about books, except tangentially.
Things have been busy and a little overwhelming, lately both inside and outside of libraryland for me.
But no matter how busy I am, how running around or juggling or feeling stressed…I’m grateful.
Every day, I feel grateful for the people I know, the library people and elsewhere. My conversations with students and faculty in the library delight me. The things I learn while I help them learn are great fun, as well. (From ghoulish things about serial killers to the intricacies of medical billing to profound gratitude that I don’t ever have to read Catcher in the Rye ever again, and beyond.)
The wider library world is pretty amazing, too. When I started school, I knew it would be a good idea to network and to join professional organizations… and that’s turned out even better than I anticipated. I’ve gotten to help make a conference happen, and have gotten to know and learn from some amazing, inspiring people. I got the chance to write a book (!!!) because a great librarian befriended and mentored me, and had faith I could tackle it. And because librarians were willing to share their time and their expertise with me to make it possible. And there are more great projects and collaborations on the horizon.
I’m grateful for the friends and family beyond the library world, as well. I am lucky in the friends and family who surround me. Whether we’re being silly on a dance floor, eating dinner and all talking at once, or staying in touch on Facebook sporadically. And I’m especially grateful to those who have helped scrape me off the ceiling when I feel overwhelmed by big changes and transitions, and need a little grounding and a pep talk. My friends and family are very, very good at trying to help me pull back together when I’m feeling freaked out. (Years of practice.)
I’ve been neglecting my blog and my correspondence while this amazing wild ride I’m on captures my attention. But I’m grateful to everyone who’s helping make this possible.
And someday, soon, I’ll get back to book blogging more regularly…. I promise.