As a young girl, I found few things more enjoyable than writing in a journal. Every day, before I went to bed, I would pull out a brightly colored pen that matched my current mood, and sit in bed writing about the adventures of the day. I truly believed that, one day, my writings would serve me as brilliant memoir of a life well-lived.
On a recent trip home, I rediscovered my journals, stashed under magazines in my dresser drawer. Hidden from prying eyes, that they may not betray my exciting and ever-important secrets. Thumbing through the pages, I found myself laughing, reminiscing, and mostly cringing. Though I would most likely die mortified, should anyone ever read the absurd ramblings of my childhood and teenage self, I found myself thinking about the joy I felt recording my daily life. I also found myself engrossed in remembering the perspective of a slightly awkward, overly self conscious, yet effervescent young woman- a young woman I barely remembered being.
It was also reminded of my first experience with blogging. When I was about fifteen years old, Xanga.com took my highschool class by storm. Everyone had a blog, and reveled in sharing their teenage angst and insights with whichever friends were interested in reading. At the time, blogging was a new concept, in it’s infancy in the midst of dial-up internet, AOL screen names, and chat rooms.
Though I have absolutely no intention of putting myself through the torture of trying to find my old Xanga, and reading through my own jumbled, adolescent thoughts, it put some wheels in motion in my mind.
Now, approximately a decade since my Xanga experience, advancements in technology and the development of online networking, has taken the concept of online journaling and turned it into a valuable tool. Countless blogs function as valuable news sources, hobby guides, recipe compilations, consumer reviews, and ways in which to connect with strangers through common interests. I have thought about starting a blog for a while, but have consistently found myself undecided on a specific topic. Thus, I have decided that I will let this blog go where it pleases.
I am currently on the cusp of a new chapter in my life. My husband and I are packing our bags soon, moving from Hawaii after four years, to purchase a home in Austin, TX. I intend to write about many things in this blog, from observations about the moving process and home projects, to reviews of new places explored. Perhaps I will share some recipes, maybe I will talk about my travels. Regardless, I think I will let this blog take on it’s own life. I strive to live my life without rules and regulations, and I will strive to face this new endeavor with a similar attitude.