I can't look at my Facebook news feed lately without being incredibly impressed by what my various friends are up to.
First there's Liz Rizzo. Her dream has always been to direct a feature film and that's exactly what she's working on right now. "Missing Miranda" is a romantic comedy which is being supported by a Kickstarter campaign. Judging by the weekly video features, it's going to be amazing! It's worth being a supporter just to get the email updates. I am so happy for Liz and can't wait to see the finished film.
Then there's Kelly Wickham. Where to start? I'll just let her tell it. And as if starting a non-profit, writing a book, getting into a doctoral program, learning to ride a motorcycle, traveling to Alaska and going on TV to be interviewed by Katie Couric weren't enough, she also put out a fire in her neighbor's back yard this week. Damn, woman!
Also part of the same Katie Couric interview is Erin Kotecki Vest, who is impressive in so many ways that it's impossible to keep track. Apparently she has something special planned at BlogHer this year, and I'm very disappointed that I won't be there to see what it is. I'll be keeping a close eye on Twitter, though.
Vicki Boatwright has just launched a fundraiser for her charity Okey's Promise—named for a cat she rescued—which she describes as "a public art initiative designed to create awareness about the connections between animal maltreatment, child abuse and domestic violence." She's making plans for her third public mural.
Last but certainly not least is Mir. When she learned that teen girls at a residential treatment center had to go without basic hygeine items such as tampons and acne wipes, and had nothing but icky, industrial versions of antiperspirant, soaps, hair care products, lotions, etc., she put a call out to her blog readers for donations. Two days later, she'd already received dozens of boxes of supplies. Now all of these girls will not only have nicer things, but they'll know that people care about them.
Then there are all of the people making exciting career changes, moving to different parts of the country, and generally grabbing life by the arm and steering it where they want to go. Over the past several weeks I keep finding myself introducing friends to other friends I know in the cities to which they're relocating.
I'm sure I'm forgetting to mention other forward-looking and fascinating things that people I know are up to, so way to go all of you! Even if I don't see you in person for a while, I'm watching with great interest from afar. Best of luck in all your endeavors!