Bye, Blog (For Now)

With stress of life starting to flood my days and nights, I have found it very difficult to dedicate a time to writing, and when I did have time to write, I only worried about finding more time to log into my blog, post my writing, find an image to perfectly capture the essence of the piece, and then worry about not having the time to  respond to comments. I have fallen through on promises and challenges because of my schedule and it’s really weighting me down.

First of all, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to my blog through a follow, a like, or a comment. I appreciate it way more than you know and I only wish I had more opportunities to interact with all of you. However, I made this blog to inspire me to write; not to pull me away from it. For past several months, the thought of this blog has seemed to block my creativity and place a cloak of stress over my shoulders, making me fear writing anything because I’m too concerned with whether my readers will enjoy it. I have stepped away from social media because of this, and I need to step away from blogging as well.

I have several projects that I am working on, and have been working on for awhile, that also haven’t gotten the attention that I feel they deserve. I am hopeful to have at least one of these pieces complete by the end of the year and to possibly begin blogging once again, but I can’t promise anything.

I simply don’t want to spread myself too thin and miss out on making my dreams a reality. Blogging isn’t my life, but writing is a huge part of it. I don’t want to get the two confused any longer.

My email for this blog will remain the same, so if you ever need or want to contact me for anything, feel free to do so.

Thank you for everything. I hope to see you all soon 🙂

Life At the Moment

So….
I’m planning to get back into the swing of things- continue with my novel and keep writing poetry. I fell behind a lot these past few months because of college. But, I graduated!! So I’m hoping to have more time to devote to myself and what I enjoy doing.
I just wanted to fill you all in with everything that’s happening with me. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and a minor in communication, as the outstanding graduate (valedictorian of my college), and summa cum laude (3.93 GPA). And within a week of graduating I got a job as a foster care case manager. If you know anything about being a case manger please let me know. I’m kind of clueless as to what I’ll be doing. I’m also buying a house and getting married this year. Everything is just starting for me and I’m so excited,  yet so terrified.
I will be posting more, but it may not be very often, I haven’t written in awhile and I don’t have much to post, but hopefully that’ll change soon!

What Am I Doing?

So, I have been very, very busy with Student Teaching and I will continue to be until the end of April, then I’m FREE and FINISHED with college! I’m sincerely looking forward to my graduation day because I am severely in the need for the feeling of accomplishment to finally override the feeling of anxiety. While I have been so busy trying to learn how to teach and all, I have also been (slowly) working on both a poetry collection and a novel.
My poetry collection (so far) has about 22 poems included, some have been posted on my site and my novel (so far) has only about 2,200 words. While I AM working on new pieces, I am also trying to do way too many other things with my life. I am not giving up! I just won’t be posting as often as usual, but hopefully you can expect something big, whether it is a novel or a poetry collection to be completed at some point this year. I have a feeling that this year to be huge for me and I really hope my feelings are true! (and that by “huge” my feelings are talking about something great and not hugely terrible, lol)
I may be posting snippets of one of my books, I may post new poetry, I may post some rambles/rants. I don’t know and neither will you, so stick around if you care to find out! 🙂

2015 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you all for your support! This is truly amazing!! 🙂

2016 Blog Goals

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I would like to start New Year’s Blog Goals where we make a list of things you either wish for your blog or for yourself as a blogger in 2016.
I’m not going to tag anyone, but I’m curious as to what everyone else’s goals are, so either comment your lists or post your own and let me know!

My 2016 Blog Goals
1.  Post more often
2.  Follow through with challenges more promptly
3.  Gain 5,000 followers
4.  Interact more with my followers and readers
5.  Respond to comments quicker
6.  Make time to dedicate to writing
7.  Use social media more
8.  And most importantly: keep blogging

If there is anything you think I could improve on, PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know. I began this blog to receive feedback and criticism, so if you have any input at all I would sincerely appreciate it!

Don’t forget to let me know what your 2016 blog goals are!

2,000 Followers–THANK YOU

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WHAT??? This is crazy! I feel like I just had 1,000–and THAT number was a shock!
I don’t know if I deserve it or not, haha, but I just have to say thank you all so so so much for reading my words, commenting your thoughts, and following my blog. You really don’t know how much it means to me.
Writing has helped me through some tough times and to know that I’m not alone, that I have people supporting me, and that I may have made a small impact on someone in the world is amazing.
So, again, THANK YOU ALL!! 🙂

National Black Cat Day

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It has been almost 2 years since I lost Nigel and I still think about him everyday. Not everyone can understand how much this little guy meant (and still means) to me because he was “just a cat.” But he was so much more than that. He was my best friend– He was always there for me, he comforted me, he loved me unconditionally. He didn’t care how I looked, what I had done wrong, if I stayed in bed all day long (which he preferred, actually), or when I forgot to do my homework. When I felt like no one else cared, I knew he always did. He may not have understood exactly what was happening in my life, but that didn’t matter. He stayed by my side and wanted nothing more than my love in return.
I’ve never met a cat, or any human for that matter, with such love in their hearts, and I don’t know if I ever will again. I still think I hear his meows outside my bedroom door at night sometimes and I can still feel him wrapping his arms around me and hugging my neck. I had him since I turned 5. I can’t remember a time before he was in my life and I’m still trying to adjust to him not being around.
You may think I’m a “crazy cat lady,” but that’s okay, as long as that means that I get to experience true, undoubted love like his.

Happy National Black Cat Day