A year ago today I published my first post on this thing and it is crazy to think about how much has changed in my life since then. A lot of very incredible things have happened and reflecting on them certainly makes me feel blessed. Some important moments…
- I attended some cool conferences (see: AVP 1 &2/3, NUCHR 1, 2, 3 & MPSA).
- I turned 22.
- I graduated from college.
- I explored this beast of a country (see: road trip, west coast, down south)
- I moved to a brand new city.
- I said goodbye to someone close to me.
While most days seem to pass quite slowly, the weeks are flying by. I don’t know how I have already almost been here for four months. I wrote awhile ago about how my life in Washington has been rather uneventful. To clarify, I have had my share of adventures and I am usually running around like mad…what I mean is that I feel as though things are falling into place. That things are as they should be. I used to get anxious or bored when things weren’t happening, almost as if I felt that I should be doing something even if I didn’t know what it was. Now I realize that I should be doing and I should be making changes, but that I have plenty of time ahead of me for milestones, for life-altering moments. Right now is not the time for that.
Right now I am trying to learn about myself and the world. To make small changes where I can. To be useful and good as often as possible. To notice beauty in unappreciated things. To put people first. To take chances. To laugh. To thrive in solitude and simplicity. To truly love and accept myself and do the same to others.
Speaking of doing things, I want to start setting little goals for myself that I could write about. I was thinking about making them New Years resolutions, but why wait? I don’t know what they’ll be exactly, but I think they will involve different beautiful baking projects (probably starting with the cake pictured above), finishing books that have been sitting by my bedside for far too long, making more time to write, exploring my city before time catches up with me, and finding out-of-the-ordinary things to participate in with more frequency.
Despite doing this for a year, I still haven’t found a blogging groove. A theme. A schedule. Part of that is because I’ve been prioritizing other things in an attempt to find balance. But part of it is because I don’t really have one focused passion or skill that I can advertize here. I want to do and try everything and, as a result, often spread myself too thin over a wide variety of areas. But I guess the good thing about having everyday passion that has no particular direction, is that everything can then become an adventure. Everything can be fascinating.
So maybe one day this blog will find its course. But for now I will continue to document the little things that matter to me and I hope that a year from now…ten years from now…I will look back fondly on these words and pictures….these glimpses of my extraordinary, ordinary life.
P.S. A special thank you to all my followers: my family members, my friends, and the strangers who take the time to read my ramblings. This wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without you.