About the Present Project

Happy New Year!

2011 is the beginning of a new decade and new adventure for me. After much reflection during the last weeks of December 2010, I realized and acknowledged that I have been living a half-life for much of my life. It was sad and frustrating to come to terms with this fact, but it spurred me to find the courage to finally change things.

In 2009, I started my own media company called Monkey Beth Media and published my first book. The Christmas Child is a middle grade fantasy adventure about the magic of belief. My heroine, Becca, has to take a perilous journey to find her truth and learn to believe. It’s funny how we tend to write about the exact thing we need to learn ourselves. At least, that’s what I’ve found to be true.

I’ve decided to call this the Present Project for a couple of reasons. One, I have a tendency to live in my head with my thoughts in far off lands. This helps me as a writer, but seems to hinder me in the real world. I’m wanting to learn how to be present in my life again. I want to be present and create a stronger balance between mind, body and spirit. I lost that balance long ago and intend to reclaim it this year.

Second, is the notion that my life matters. In The Christmas Child, Becca discovers that her birth was a present and her unique self is a miracle to believe in. I need a big dose of that too. I have not truly embraced myself in so many years, it’s embarrassing. I have been asleep in my life for a long time out of fear and doubt. I don’t want to live like that any more. I want to find the same peace and acceptance that I wrote for Becca. I want to find my way home to my soul truth too.

The Present Project is the place I will be documenting this journey. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. I will be incorporating new and healthy self-love aspects into my life this year and reflecting on them for this blog. I plan to commit time and attention to my evolution and try various techniques for at least 21 days. I will reflect how these new techniques affect me – either positive or negative. I will be honest. I will be present. I will be looking forward to comments and feedback, if you ever have anything to share. If you come across a book, article, documentary or practice you think I would appreciate learning about, please tell me about it! Leave a comment or email me at mary.presentproject@gmail.com.

I don’t want to close my eyes and shut out my light any longer. I want to be the heroine of my own story. I want to be present and understand what I have to offer.

Here goes!

* Update *

Well it is now 2012. I have found the path back to myself and I have been inspired to keep going on this journey. I am live my life with intention and a new sense of awareness now and I want to keep exploring this in the new year.

And now it is 2013! Wow! I went on a bit of a hiatus (a year) to work on some deep focus and healing. I am now returning to the blog to document this journey of acceptance and self-love again.

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