Annnnnnd, I'm back. It's been what, five months? Did you miss me?
Admittedly, taking a break from blogging and being over-involved with social media as a means to advertise myself has been incredibly rewarding. I was tired of peddling the same old story, and tired of the constant implication I was "wrong" or worse, "lost". I was tired of caring what everyone else was maybe saying about me, or actually saying about me. The break gifted me the freedom to not care, and I didn't care really well. It's been a tough decision to weigh whether or not I even wanted to come back.
What I've been up to:
Since the end of January, I've been focusing all my energy on being present with whatever it is I'm doing or thinking, or writing (for myself). When I'm at work, I'm really good at being at work; and after six months, I feel like I finally know enough about Starbucks to do my job well and I've also built a solid rapport with my team. When I'm reading, I'm really reading; not reading and distracted by FRIENDS episodes looping endlessly in the background on Netflix.
I've learned that being present means not giving in to FOMO - a rare, but real thing I occasionally suffer from, like most people - and avoiding the abysmal rabbit hole that is political rantings on social media. Facebook is no longer on my iPhone and I feel more connected to the here and now without worrying about what everyone else is doing or who I don't like/respect anymore because they posted something stupid. Some days, I'm just ready for the internet to break.
So I've been busying myself with more important things. Not caring [about my online world] made me stop playing the comparison game with other bloggers/writers/creatives and helped me identify how susceptible I am to jumping on bandwagons - a painfully embarrassing admission because I'm unique! Just like everybody else. (sigh) Being on this other side of life, from where I say hello, is like realizing I don't have to breathe out of a straw while I'm running, trying to make it look easy and fun. And I don't even need to run at all. There are no rules here.
What's changed on my site:
You can still find all my previous posts in the Archives if you want to indulge, but I'm no longer writing from the angle of a specific theme as before. I'm just going to write whatever I feel like writing, whenever I feel like writing it. And I may or may not post it to social media, it just depends on how I feel that day.
Aside from that, the only other change is that I'm now offering editing services. I am frequently asked if I can help with various writing/communication projects, and I can help, and I like it. Shoot me an email if you are looking for someone to proof or edit a piece of writing - an essay or resume, for example - or if you need to craft new content, discovering the words to express whatever it is you think, feel, or do. I won't write for you, this is not a "pay me to do your homework" kind of thing, but I will help you enhance what you're trying to say.
It's good to be back, I think.