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June 16, 2010

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Anna, This sounds so wonderful! I too am craving an inner retreat to meditate on what kind of writing I want to do, what goals and priorities I want to set. I feel so woefully unprepared, but I am hoping to get at least one day to myself soon, away from work, husband and kids, to do this!

I am in such a different phase than you, still learning, playing and exploring ideas, so I am not sure anything I have to share would be helpful to you.

I love your questions, they are so incisive. I think the key is the last question- where have you felt joy? What are you proud of and excited by? What felt too much like "work" or left you chagrined? I think if you pay close attention, this awareness will illuminate the path for you.

I wish you the best and hope we get to find out how you answer some of your questions!

My best suggestion - take a few minutes not to think about any of these questions and just breathe. The "answers" will come to you when you least expect them. I commend you for doing this. It sounds incredible. I cannot wait to hear what happens.

I have to say, I find it interesting that you are in this place of re-assessment with regards to your journalism, particularly as you find yourself wondering about the kind of journalism you do. I say this because I have been a fan of your journalism since before I even found you on Twitter, because the things you report on are important to me as a feminist, a writer and an athlete. Obviously reflecting on one's self and one's goals, and re-assessing if necessary, is a critical, valuable part of being human, but please don't lose sight of the fact that the work you've produced up til this point has had a positive impact on many people (like myself).

Thank you so much, all, for your heartening and thoughtful comments. It means a lot to me, and definitely adds fodder for my musing ...

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