March 20, 2013 by kmwelden
I knew it was only a matter of time before I got a blog. I write (begrudgingly) all the time for school, and school is about to be over. In a few short weeks, in fact, I’ll be graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in English (and a concentration in fiction writing).
To be totally honest, though, I did experiment with Livejournal in high school. You remember- I think every kid who wanted to be cool and edgy had one. But since I am not cool or edgy, I kept it private and my only follower was my dear friend, Bryan Huxhold. His username was “sodawater” and mine was “youwonthearthis.” Let’s hope I don’t look back on these posts with the same kind of horror that I reread my Livejournal.
So, obviously, this is a time in my life when I’m doing a lot of growing. Or at least I hope I’m doing a lot of growing. There have been three main things that have inspired me to finally commit to blogging, which coincidently, came just a few short weeks after I threw away a book about blogging from the Huffington Post that I was forced to buy for a Comm class one time. Who needs rules, especially from Ariana Huffington?
1. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Mel, recently started a blog. Reading hers has brought me so much joy/nostalgia/happiness, that I really feel compelled to do this. She’s making it look so fun! I want to have fun, too! Go read her blog at http://melandlavidabella.wordpress.com/. She is cool and fun, and you’ll be happy you did.
2. I’ve been working on reading a book called The Happiness Project. It’s by Gretchen Rubin. I would be lying if I said from time to time I am not allll about a self-help book, but this is a self-help book that doesn’t really feel like one. The author spends a year focusing on making herself really, truly happy. So, I’ve been spending a lot of time in bed lately. I spend a lot of time laying, in general, but this book really has gotten me thinking: what makes me happy? What makes me happy? I don’t know! I struggle sometimes with remaining positive (as many of my friends will attest), but what an admirable goal. Looking intentionally for happiness is something that really resonated with me, and it’s something I intend to do for myself. For example, I love to write (when it’s not for school), so why wouldn’t I pour some of my daily energy into that? That’s something that makes me happy! So here we are.
3. In about three months, I’ll be moving across the country to majestic Denver, Colorado. I got a job with City Year, so I’ll be doing a service year in inner city schools there (If you’re not familiar with City Year, click on that link right there and go read up. ) I’ve lived in South Carolina by entire life, and the move intimidates me. I am nervous to live in a place where it’s not standard for everyone in a bar to know every word to “Wagon Wheel.” I am nervous to live in a place where every best friend in my life is thousands of miles away. But this is me, taking what is probably the biggest step of my life. To be fair, though, I’m not going to be entirely alone. I’m packing up with my excellent boyfriend, Andrew, and his perfect French bulldog, Edmund. So I’m starting this blog because I feel like I’m at the beginning of a really big adventure, and I would really love to have some of my friends share it with me. Digitally. Or you can come along in person, too. That’s definitely an option.
So! Thanks for listening to my rambling. I took an impromptu mental health day today and came home to Myrtle Beach to spend the day with Andrew and Edmund. Now Andrew’s at work, but Edmund is cuddled up beside me and I’m working on a bottle of Rex-Goliath Free Range White (people: it’s $3.47 at Walmart, come ON), and I feel like I made a perfect decision fleeing Charleston for the day.
And I also really hope you enjoy adventuring with me.