A Letter from the Editor

Dear readers,

Starting things is hard. The weeks I spent thinking of what to write for this launch is a testament to that. And it’s usually not because the thing itself is difficult. We want to do the thing, but a collection of overwhelming, specific fears - Will I be able to keep this up? Am I good enough to even start? What if everything goes wrong? - stops us from taking that leap.

I think we’re all familiar with this feeling. It creeps up around January when you’re so full of hope and food that you overestimate what you can do for the rest of the year. You write a list of things that you want done - get thin, get rich, start on that new project, pick up that new hobby, learn that new language or instrument or recipe. Filled with some magical invincible spirit, you get to work.

We’re halfway into the year now. How’s that list doing?

As someone who learned vocabulary words consistently for two months then stopped in March for no reason, I’m not here to call anyone out. There’s no shame in stopping. Sometimes you need to take a break and that break ends up longer than anticipated. Sometimes you just don’t want to do it anymore, and that’s fine. But if you find yourself getting that itch to return, there’s also no shame in throwing away that list you made half a year ago and making a new one.

Who says resolutions are only for the new year? July is the perfect time to start something new.

I try to make “New Month’s Resolutions” whenever I can, and while I still don’t succeed in all of them, they’re a good way for me to remind myself of what I really want to do to become the person that I want to be. I like resolutions because they’re not items on a to-do list, so there’s no pressure to check them off or get them done by a particular date. I see them as actionable wishes for myself. “I want to become fluent in a language, so I have to study this much.” “I want to be able to cook, so I have to learn how to do these things.” I try to write my resolutions so that they answer the question, “What do I have to do to make my wishes come true?”

And ultimately, resolutions are more than just starting. They require time, hard work, and consistency. While all of that sounds intimidating, there lies the adventure - getting to fall in love with a new hobby or project or goal, and maybe even yourself in the process.

Recently, I joined a Discord server for language exchange and actually met a few people who were willing to help me practice my speaking skills in my target language. I also committed to writing a short paragraph a day to practice my writing. And of course, there’s the birth of this blog, which all of us on the editorial team hope will be the start of something exciting for ENL.

It’s never too late to begin, or begin again. Start small. And even if it’s scary, start joyfully. Whatever you choose to do, we wish you all the best with your new beginning.

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