So, this is my new blog. What do you think?
I wanted to keep it simple. The theme is called "clear", which I thought was fitting for my headspace at the moment (exactly where I would love for it to stay). There is lots of room for pretty pictures and words, without distractions. My Author's Statement is above, to the right. Widgets are at the end of the page, if you need to find something. (Sometime in the future, that is.) Otherwise, just scroll.
Most if you will have followed me from my previous blog, Life.Beauty.Laughter. (Thank you.) A few people have asked me why I picked up and left. I don't have a very good answer to that question, other than that I wanted a fresh start. I wrote at LBL for over a year and loved every minute of it. It helped me to find my voice and a small, loyal audience, whom I love to bits. Here at One April Morning, I hope to be slightly more profound and consistent. Lately, my thoughts have been radiating from an unwavering centre and I wanted to use that centre as a jumping off point, unencumbered by the journey I took to get here.
So, the name. If you know me at all, you will know that I am enamoured of Haruki Murakami's beautiful writing, so naturally the title of my new blog has been inspired by him, namely his quote: "Potentiality knocks on the door of my heart. [On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning]" ... which you can find within his short story anthology, The Elephant Vanishes. I just think it is one of the most beautiful phrases I have ever heard.
For me, one April morning represents those perfect little moments in life where everything seems possible. The world opens up, fresh air fills your lungs, the horizon expands before your eyes and you realise that the possibility, the potential, that life offers is limitless. Of course, it's too much to ask for us to feel that way all the time. Sometimes we get busy and anxious and tangled and we close ourselves off, willfully abandoning those moments of clarity for tax returns and small talk and getting to work on time. But I think it's nice to hold onto those April mornings - or January evenings and November dawns, for that matter - always, even if we are not in a place where we can actually experience them. And I hope that my blog will, in some small way, help you to remember.
So please, enjoy my blog. Feel free to leave comments, or not. Visit everyday, once a month, or once a year. Subscribe via RSS (whatever that is), bloglovin or Google Reader. Linger for hours, or read in short spurts. Whatever you choose, I hope that it can carve a little place for itself in your heart.
"On a day
when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a