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Srinath

Life gets busy, easily. While I changed jobs, diapers, moods and WhatsApp groups, time sailed like it always does. Steadily. Only, this time I didn’t have any mind space left to connect with what was happening outside the “keep-me-busy” cocoon I had built around me. So, when we didn’t get enough material for our usual quarterly issue, I secretively felt a sense of relief. “Ah, effort saved!”, “no need to work on an editorial!” and more such thoughts felt vindicated inside my busy head.

A sense of sadness also prevailed, from my own feeling of failure that as the Managing Editor, I couldn’t “prevent” this from happening (it was the first time we missed the quarterly frequency of this newsletter). Mentor and peer support helped me get in touch with what is important for the SAATA Newsletter - a regular cadence of issues, genuine and useful news, authentic learning experiences and TA expertise shared by members in various formats. So, what do we do when there isn’t much news? Do we manufacture “breaking news” just so we can publish frequently? What do we do when there aren’t many experience-sharing articles submitted by members? Do we, the editors become writers and fill-up the “Experiences” section with our stories? Open discussions within the team on the real purpose of the Newsletter helped me make the decision to skip the July 2019 issue. I also got the gift of experiencing how my “Be Perfect” working style becomes an unhelpful driver at times.

Few months later, as we started work on the next issue, I had to search for the time and energy needed to provide editing support for the articles received, reach out to relevant folks for news items and organize everything together for my co-editor cum visualizer Rema, to bring it alive through this webpage. One of my quirks, she deals with is that, I get inspired to pen the editorial once she has uploaded all the content on a demo website in the layout readers see it. Her patience gives me the support and space I need to express myself in this role and I’m grateful for that! As a team we have talked about becoming a bit more organized with the gathering and processing of content for the newsletter in order to avoid last-minute-rush, and we need your help on that. As contributors of experience articles, I ask you, “What would make it easy and motivating for you to share your experiences regularly through the SAATA Newsletter?” On a related note, we are also contemplating the closure of the “Pen a Caselet Contest” we introduced in January 2019, because we haven’t received any entries for the same. Please email us your thoughts and ideas on these and other newsletter-related topics to newsletter@saata.org.

Looking forward, the next SAATA event on the calendar is the 2-day MLL 2020 in Coimbatore with the theme “The Unconscious Process”. As a cherry on top of the cake, it will be followed by a workshop on the same topic by Elana Leigh, the current ITAA president. I understand there are only a few seats left, so hurry up and register! Becoming aware of unconscious processes, though not always comfortable, has been rewarding for me in all the MLLs I have attended so far.

Speaking of MLL reminds me of the other exciting event coming up in September next year, i.e., the SAATA Conference 2020, to be conducted in Bengaluru! Lot of work has already started on this front, like identifying the venue, and forming a core team that has come up with a theme. Deepak Dhananjaya has taken up the role of the Conference Convenor, and he has written a sneak peek. Check it out! The Conference was among the many topics fleshed out in the Trainers’ meet in July 2019, a unique experience about which Prathitha Gangadharan has shared in her report. As I reflect on the months gone by, workshops and exams take centre stage as the SAATA community continues its journey of personal and professional development. Read the TA News section to know more.

Embellishing this issue are various experiences and learnings our members have shared. Saru PK’s first-ever TA Talks episode on the topic of Super-Vision, Chitra Ravi's free-flowing reminiscence of the 2019 Joint ITAA-USATAA Conference in Raleigh, USA, Nalina Viswanathan's candid sharing of a reflective moment, and Jayanthi R Prasad's realization of the significance of self-strokes complete this issue’s line-up of member experiences.

I wish to acknowledge with gratitude the feedback we received specific to the April 2019 issue from Nalina Viswanathan, the first in a long time. Feedback is the lifeline for authors and the newsletter team, keeping us motivated to write, edit and publish, so thank you Nalina. Head to the “Feedback Received” section to read her note, and as you do that, share your thoughts with us too.

In keeping with professional norms, we have created a copyright policy replete with a disclaimer, inspired from what we saw in the IDTA Newsletter. This provides a clear demarcation of responsibilities of the contributors and SAATA. You can view this here.

As I wind up my note for this year, I thank you for continuing to be with us through our journey of reviving the SAATA Newsletter and sharing TA news and experiences with SAATA and the world around us. You are one of the reasons I look up from the busy-ness of the world inside my head and learn about what is happening around me. You enrich me. Thank you!

Here’s wishing you a great wrap-up to 2019! Till we meet again in early 2020, cheers!
Srinath Nadathur
Managing Editor

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Solutions & Winners of Previous Issue
CONFERENCE AFTERWORD
arr Raleigh 2019
- Chitra Ravi
EXPERIENCES
arr A Recap of Learning, un-Learning and re-Learning
- Nalina Viswanathan
arr Significance of Self-Strokes
- Jayanthi R Prasad
arr Ethics Workshop - Participants' Experience

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