New schedule has not afforded me the time to write as often as I would like. Still trying to get used to the new life that I have begun. I have started a new job and moved into a new home. These experiences have brought many new people into my life and have altered, deepened and made more meaningful relationships with others. It is good, fall seems to be the perfect time to begin new things, to renew oneself and reinvent one's life. I'm not one to make new year's resolutions, but if I was I think I would make them in September, at the end of summer and the beginning of fall. At a time when the oppressive humidity lifts and it is easier to breath. Maybe it is the 2 decades I spent in school, when September was a time for new beginnings that makes me still feel this way in my adult life. Maybe it is the fact that I still work in education and even though most of my after school programs don't start until October, now is still the time when I am preparing for my students, still a time when I feel that I should be going shopping for school clothes and stocking up on folders, pens, and pencils.

The first big change in my life was that I moved to Remington. It is really an amazing place to be and I feel, as I have often felt in the three years that I have been in Baltimore that I am where I am supposed to be. I had been in my old apartment for two years, a long time for a one room efficiency that had as its kitchen a mini-fridge and hot plate in a closet. I did enjoy living alone and having that space for myself, but I knew that having my bedroom, office, dining room, and studio all in the same place was wearing on me. I began the apartment search, which was interesting because I looked at listings and houses where friends of mine had lived in the past, apartments that exes had lived in, and finally the house that I ended up moving into. Found on craigslist, but familiar because they were friends, friends-of-friends and colleagues already living there. I have never moved into a space that so quickly felt like home. I am living with amazing people, there is a hallway, stove and being able to leave my bedroom when I get up in the morning is amazing! It is funny, as adaptable creatures, we can definitely get used to any living circumstances, but once in a more comfortable place, one realizes how stressful the limitations of a place really are.

I also love having somewhere to go everyday. My new job with Wide Angle Youth Media, is incredible and such a good fit for me at this time. The people in the office are also amazing and I am lucky to be surrounded by so many creative people. I am also excited to begin working with my new group of young people! Some are returning students from the program, and others who are new. I have spoken to them all and they will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the program!  We will be working to plan and implement all aspects of the Youth Media Festival this year and I cannot wait to see what this looks like.

Fall is a great time of the year. I am happy to be surrounded by the people that I am. I am thankful for the good work that I have to do. And am looking forward to seeing where I will go from these new beginnings.