I bought this cool little journal. It’s titled “This Time Next Year~365 Days of Exploration” by Cynthia Scher. It’s this neat little set up that is full of prompts that move you through this look into yourself and different pieces of you each day.
The funny thing about me grabbing this book is the only thing I think I ever constantly done for 365 days straight is breathe. I’m trying to think of another thing. Right now, I got nothing. Maybe we will come back to that.
But I am in the middle of a divorce so I think I am going to give this a real shot. This next year is going to be a life changing one. I think I kind of owe it to myself to pay a little closer attention.
The first day is supposed to be kinda easy. I am always kinda suspect of any writing idea that appears on the surface to be easy. But who am I to borrow trouble…
My name is ~ April Kekuewa Groves
The story behind my name is ~ See, not easy. My name is about as story filled as it gets. So I am going to make a long story short and make a note to myself to come back to this later if I run out of time this morning (this is in honor of my commitment to write everyday, whether I can publish it or not, whether I complete it or not, whether I delete it or not). April just is as far as I know. Kekuewa was the name of my paternal great grandmother (story goes my name was decreed, not suggested). Groves is the last name of one of the best families I’ve ever known and given to me by a young man who rode in on a white horse (that looked a lot like a pickup truck) almost 20 years ago.
Your nickname is ~ Momma? People typically just call me “April.” I had a nickname once many moons ago. Honey. That’s a cute story all its own as well and the face of the sweet little toddler that gave it to me is still fresh in my brain.
The story behind your nickname is ~ Guess I got ahead of myself up there 😀
Your secret name that you you wish you had ~ Ummmmm? I dunno. Siri calls me Queen Bee. My oldest spawn has me saved as “Giver of Life” in her phone. Since this is my journal, I guess that counts.
The story behind that name is ~ My kid is super funny and creative. I heard the Lordes lyric “You can call me Queen Bee” and loved it.
You are a (quick what pops into your mind ~ whole person. Yet another thing I’m going to have to come back and expand on.
The most important thing anyone should know about you is ~ That I am a whole person. A sum greater than the parts. Some of them match, some of them contradict, some are static, others always changing. If you don’t know me today, all you really know about me is who I was yesterday.
You are passionate about ~ Words and food. Both matter. Both convey emotion. Both provide connection, community, opportunity. Words and food. So many possibilities in those two little things.