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The end of 2010. It is almost upon us.

2010 has been a pretty good year for me. I worked on projects. Got some finished and some not so much, but none that were disasters. I've had fun in my strange little SCA hobby. I've met many good people, and had many belly laughs with them.

Now a big change comes for me in 2011. I hope I will navigate it well. I will be stepping down as Baroness of Bright Hills February 12th. This has consumed my life and weekends for 4 years. I almost forget what it's like to be *me* and not *Bright Hills*.
Am I still here?
Will my personality come out again?
Will people remember the *old* me?
Will they still like the *old* me?

Oh, I have friends and activities that I enjoy and will not lose. Arts & Sciences, Archery, embroidery, weaving, knitting, nalbinding, sewing, candle-making, siege crew, maybe getting a sword & board authorization, and hopefully brewing of my own hard cider.

My current plan is to acquire a new personal day shade to which I can retire at events. Yes, I suspect I will always be welcome under the baronial pavilion but I think I need to step away for a little bit to find myself again. To give more of myself to my apprentices. To find out what direction they want to go in. Am I still relevant to them?

The friends I have made these past years will always be welcome under my shade, to have a seat, to laugh and to partake of a little hospitality. I hope they know they can always depend on me and call on me if they have need.

I've been fortunate to see the beginning of a new baronial canton. I hope I have left them with enthusiasm and a sense of belonging to their own group. They are good people and I look forward to helping them on their journey to becoming a full canton.

Most of all I hope I am able to stay out of the way and be graceful in my retirement as landed baronage of Bright Hills. I will no longer be a representative of the Crown. I will need to embrace my set aside role as being a peer of Atlantia now.

So many thoughts...so much time ahead!

Date: 2010-12-31 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greta-k.livejournal.com
You've done a fine job of representing both your Barony and the Crowns. While it will take some time to "detox" from being Baroness, I think you are wise to step back and give both the new baronage room to make their own mark and to wean your Barony away from you as their representative.

Good luck, and I think that not only will you rediscover yourself, but you'll find that people still like you (and that there is probably a slew of new people who will be happy to get to know "Martelle" as opposed to Her Excellency.")

Date: 2010-12-31 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martelvonc.livejournal.com
Thanks Greta, I appreciate your words.

Date: 2011-01-02 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khatun.livejournal.com
Under the category of "Been there, done that" I can say that no one comes away from being a territorial Baroness or Baron without SOMETHING changing. I like to think of it as part of our 'growth' as SCA folks. The amount of change depends, I feel, on the group you've served and the amount of support you've had or not had. So far this Barony has left those who have served it, intact and still holding onto our faculties. Some more, some less. I recall it was a good 6 months before the apron strings finally fully detached and folks would go to Tristan rather than come to me or Himself.

Revel in the A & S, because it is a strong part of you. GO PLAY! As for your apprentices...you may find more changed than you've had time to attend to and much of it nothing you could control anyway.

For now - if you take on anything (responsibility wise) more than the A & S, I shall swat you smartly upon your knuckles with my coronet. The Knight and the younglings deserve a lot more of your time now than anything else.

Date: 2011-01-02 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martelvonc.livejournal.com
Yes, Mom! LOL!

No more than MoAS, I promise. (mostly)

Date: 2011-01-02 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khatun.livejournal.com
Silly Girl! Don't make promises you can't be sure you'll keep!!!

Go and JUST PLAY! Do nothing that requires any major amount of responsibility for awhile - at least SCA-wise. I know you'll have fun with the MoAS job so that one isn't really any sort of a concern. Avoid the "Someone HAS to do it" crap!!!

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