Oh goodness, what a whirlwind of a summer. There were certainly times where I thought the day (or long run) would never end, but overall and as usual, time has flown by faster than hoped. At the beginning of the summer, I started a new blog, which you are currently reading and hopefully enjoying. 🙂 Last year I attempted to start a food blog, Eating Outside The Box, then continued my adventures abroad on a different blog, Buen Viaje A Espana, and then took some time off, but I missed writing.
There really wasn’t much to report on after I came back from Barcelona. I had just traveled around Europe and was then stuck in Santa Clara. There are so many wonderful places to explore in Northern California, but I just wasn’t opening myself up to the opportunities. I also felt that I couldn’t compete with the hundreds of already existing blogs on the internet, many food and running oriented. I’m not a dietician, I am not a coach, but I don’t need to be in order to be a writer or to make me happy. Really, there is no “right” or “wrong” as to how to blog. That is the beauty of it. Whether you have three followers (who happen to be your family members, yep that was me), or over 1,000 page views (never achieved this…yet), it is first and foremost your own outlet. I adore blog-hopping, finding new recipes, learning how others trained for a marathon or shared some silly piece of information about their day. I’m inspired by some and completely annoyed by others (probably because I get very competitive), but I’m sure everyone has their opinions.
I started this blog back in June at a time where I didn’t have an internship and had no clue how I was going to fill my time. I thought I’d pick up a bar-tending class (excellent tips supposedly), work on selling my greeting cards, going on informational interviews (figuring out what to DO with my life), and doing all the touristy things in California that I really have never done. Well, things got in the way, I ended up with an internship, still did some traveling and spontaneous adventures, but the summer didn’t really turn out exactly as I had planned, which was probably a good thing. This summer taught be how to go with the flow, change directions without having a complete meltdown about my life, and enjoy the experience.
I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am to have a caring family, a safe environment to live in, an excellent education to excel in, and a promising future. I’m also reminded that everything happens for a reason and there is no point in stressing (too much) over the future. Things will work out in ways that we cannot plan or understand; sometimes good and sometimes a little more difficult than we would like. Life is about constantly learning and it all happens one step at a time.
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
– Anna Quindlen