Spring Awakening

by Susan Pogorzelski on March 24, 2011 · 9 comments

Spring is when life’s alive in everything…
– Christina Rosetti –

The clocks have since been set to an hour ahead, and the porch lamps take their time now, leisurely lighting the evening. The air is growing warmer and chats over fences with neighbors are getting longer; crocuses are popping up in my still-withered garden, the heavy jackets are being discarded to the backs of closets, and open windows welcome the fresh air as it breezes into the house.

The sun is stronger, the days are longer…

But, most importantly: the geese are back.

Which means fluffy, tiny, baby geese.

Which means a permanent smile etched on my face for hours every time I see them waddling about.

Yep. Spring is here, and warmer weather is near.

It’s a time of change, and not just the seasons…I can feel something changing in me just as I can feel the world changing without me.

It’s nothing short of beautiful and thrilling and terrifying all at once.

And I’m ready for it.

So as the season shifts, and as I gear up for a busy few months ahead filled with bridal shower planning (hi Sarah!), trips to NYC (one week, Lyssa and Sam!), Lock Haven, DC, and elsewhere, and projects both work and writing-related, I’m doing a little bit of housekeeping, a little bit of planning, and a whole lot of reflecting…

– Housekeeping –

– If you’re reading this on the site, you’ll notice the installation of the Hello Bar at the top of the page. Because I long to someday participate in full-blown philanthropy and wholeheartedly believe in activism in an effort to create change for a better world, and because, for now, I have only this outlet to serve as my voice in building awareness, each month a different cause will be profiled.

The title of the charity and a quick-link to donation details can be found on the top bar; on the first of each month (beginning April 1) a detailed summary of the chosen charity will be posted here and categorized under “Charity Spotlight.” Do you have a non-profit organization or charity I should be aware of? Let me know your favorites and they might be featured here!

– Over the past few weeks, I’ve been making minor tweaks to the site (with some teeny-tiny mistake-fixes, thanks to the brilliant patience of Andrew Norcross!). Feel free to take a look around at the updated and restructured Archives, the newest Picture Book, and brand-new Reader Wisdom — featuring your comments and some of the most beautiful and thoughtful insights received on this blog. I’ve always maintained that this community is  made up of some of the smartest and most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, and your words are a testament to that. Thank you.

– In The Works –

– I’m currently in the middle of phasing out my creative writing site, Typescript. While I enjoyed the run it had, the passion and patience it takes to maintain two blogs just wasn’t enough. But my love of writing hasn’t waned; instead, it has only grown and transformed. Now, you can find select fiction under the cleverly-titled Fiction section, and I’ll occasionally be re-publishing relevant posts from Typescript here to twenty(or)something under the category “Writerly.”

– Call for writers! twenty(or)something is still open to guest posts! Thanks to Andi, Dani, Grace, and Anna for sharing a piece of themselves and their writing this past month! Guest posts will be open until the end of April – mid-May as I attempt to go on hiatus (which is proving much more difficult than it seemed) to work on other creative projects, which I’m extremely excited for and hope to talk about/debut in the near future.

If you’re interested in guest posting, feel free to contact me at twentyorsomething [at] gmail.com or say hello on Twitter!

– Reflection –

Last week, I received an Advanced Reader Copy of fellow blogger Jenny Blake’s new book, “Life After College: The Complete Guide To Getting What You Want.” The book truly couldn’t have come at a more poignant time, as the past few weeks have been a bit emotionally difficult — as my self-esteem took a hit, as personal situations became more prevalent. So this is what growing up means, I’ve thought.

And I’ve realized it doesn’t get any easier whether you’re twenty-something, or forty-something, or eighty-something.

Life happens. And you happen with it.

These are the topics that have always been at the forefront of my mind, the subject matter of this very blog, though never more profoundly than now. The afternoon that I found the book waiting for me on my porch steps, I tore open the package and skimmed past the sections of Work and Money and Organization — those I would read later, but these I needed most, right now, in these moments.

Jenny’s inspiration pours from the pages much as it does on her blog. Holding the book that is pure evidence of all her work inspires you to follow your own dreams to fruition, yet inside its pages holds a key to understanding the whirlwind of emotions I found myself in on that day. Pencil in hand, I tried to figure out what I was feeling.

And then…

I realized for myself what I’ve always known to be true — when you strip away the uncertainty, when you get rid of the chaos and competition, when you take a closer look at your life and what matters, you’ll find there’s only love.

Love for others.

Love for family, love for friends.

Love for yourself.

Love for life.

And maybe love for fluffy baby geese.

(Buy the book!)


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That’s it for now! Happy Friday, happy spring…

Happy everything.

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zak March 24, 2011

I will come out of lurking to recommend Step Up Women’s Network for your charity spotlight.

Step Up Women’s Network is an organization with two purposes: 1) Facilitating professional networking, mentoring and partnerships among its members and 2) supporting underserved teen girls with after school programming focused on the arts, leadership, career and health throughout their high school years. Members generously leverage their social and professional capital to pay it forward to the next generation of girls.


Susan Pogorzelski March 28, 2011

Andrea: I know you’ve actually supported this organization before, so thanks so much for recommending it! I’ll definitely look into it further and look forward to spotlighting it in the coming months!


Positively Present March 25, 2011

Susan, as always, we’re on the same page. I cannot stop talking about the baby geese. I haven’t seen any yet, but I see the pairs of geese around (one eating feverishly in preparation for those little fluffy goslings and the other watching protectively — so cute!). I can’t wait to see the little ones!

Also, I’ve read (and filled out) Jenny’s book and I’m loving it. Even though I’m not straight out of college, it’s definitely an awesome book for figuring out who you are and where you want to go in life. I loved seeing your filled out pages because that’s just what my book looks like! 🙂


Susan Pogorzelski March 28, 2011

Dani: I haven’t seen the baby geese yet either (goslings! that was the word I was looking for!), but I have found a couple of ducks and geese snooping around my yard, think maybe a nest is in my bushes. I love watching them cross the road…Permenant smile for the rest of the day 🙂 Any day now!

PS: I’ve owed you an email for the longest time, I just never knew how to put it into words. I hope that my latest post will suffice, want to personally and publically thank you for your understanding and support. <3


Lyssa March 25, 2011

I cannot wait to see you exactly a week! This pleases me so! Cold weather be damned, I’ll have Susan hugs soon, and that will sustain me.

I am so looking forward to meeting Sam as well! I love meeting new people, and she seems so interesting. I love that Twitter and this blog has fostered those kinds of relationships. FUN STUFF!

Jenny’s books sounds interesting. I might have to check it out.


Susan Pogorzelski March 28, 2011

Lys: FOUR DAYS!!! And Jetta and I are already preparing for many summer roadtrips up to Lock Haven, so many hugs to come 🙂


Jenny Blake March 29, 2011

Susan! Thank you so much for the wonderful shout-out — I LOVED seeing your notes in the book — that is so cool!!!! It’s so fun to see the book being used and loved 😀 Thanks for all of your amazing support over the years — and for all of the kind words in this review — it means so much to me. Sending big huge hugs from CA!


Susan Pogorzelski March 30, 2011

Jenny — thanks so much for the inspiration! I think I’ve told you before, but your ambition and work ethic is something to be admired. To look at you, to see you achieving your dreams, and to know the hard work that it has taken to achieve those dreams and that it’s worth it, is incredible and nothing short of inspiring. I’m so proud of you, hope that you are so proud of yourself!

Hope that I can make it up to NYC when you come to the East Coast!


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