To connect. That was our goal when we started Mother Sugar eight months ago. We wanted to share thoughts about the lives we were living, we wanted to try and express them poignantly. And we wanted to learn from one another.
We’ve been thrilled with the results so far. We’ve been able to connect with each other (and with ourselves) more thoughtfully than I think any of us expected. But what we underestimated was how we were able to connect with new people too. How hearing from you has made this whole endeavor even more worthwhile.
If anything, we’d like to hear more.
So, we are introducing a new monthly feature.
Like any good host, we want to make sure everyone who comes here feels comfortable, opens up, wants to be here. Mother Sugar is meant to be a conversation. It’s our role to bring out the shy guest hiding behind her teacup. Of course, it’s tricky on a blog to have a real live conversation, but the exchange between you and us is what makes Mother Sugar so- oh, let’s say it– sweet.
Here’s how (we hope) it works: Every month, we’d like to pose a question, one we hope you find intriguing enough to answer. We invite you to answer that question as lengthily or briefly as you’d like in the Comments section. Our aim to collect a great collage of answers. At the end of the month, we’d love to reflect back what we’ve learned from you, what’s inspired us, how you’ve shifted our perspective. We’ll give credit, of course, perhaps reblog you. And then throw another question into the fray.
Why should you contribute? Well, (here is where I brazenly brandish my bullet points!)
- We hope the questions will be compelling enough that you want to answer them, that you can’t help but go down that rabbit hole. Even if only to connect better with yourself.
- Maybe you’re in search of some writing inspiration; we think you’ll find these questions a great basis for a post of your own on your own blog. That would be amazing. You could post a comment with us and then link it to your blog post; we won’t mind! We promise to read it. In fact, how great would it be for our conversation to leap over into your own blog, to your own readers? How about that for connection! (If you choose this route, we’d just be grateful if you could link back to us, so we know to find you).
- Who knows? Putting in your own two cents might just afford you a few new readers of your own!
To sweeten the deal, for the first month of our new feature, we’re doing our first giveaway. Contribute a response to our question of the month, and we’ll enter you into a draw for a bounty of chocolate. Oh, not just any chocolate, darling. It’s Mother Sugar after all. Belgian Chocolate. And not even some easily accessed Belgian chocolate you can pick up at the mall, no, the delectable confection that Belgians like to keep for themselves at home, in their small land, to be feasted on at will. We’ll even let you pick what kind you want: dark, pure, with nuts, milk, with little bits of cookie. Seriously, this chocolate is worth a little introspection, a bit of show and tell! In fact, here’s a video to show you how sexy this chocolate is-
Of course our regular contributors to Mother Sugar are ineligible for the giveaway, even though we’ll be answering the question too.
We have yet to work out a good title for our new feature. For now, let’s call it: The Salon: What You Know For Sure, which for anyone who’s ever paid attention to Oprah knows, is a kind of a tribute to her. This is fitting because that’s where this idea comes from. You see, recently I found and reread an article I’d clipped out of her magazine. A woman had hosted a salon with a group of diverse forty something women and posed to them a number of questions, mostly having to do with their past and where that put them today. She did it because she wanted to know more about their journeys, as a way to understand what was next. What might happen next. It was a great read. It made me think about my own life, how far it’s come, where it’s going next. Which is exactly what Mother Sugar does too.
We hope our salon, made of younger and older women, men and women, namely, YOU, will be equally insightful. We’ll use some of OW’s questions, add a few of our own. We hope you’ll join in. There is chocolate at stake!
As Oprah said, the power of the question is in the power of the answers shared.
So without further ado, may we kindly ask:
When you were 18, what did you imagine your future would look like? How close does your life today come to that vision?
We can’t wait to hear from you.