Hi, it’s been a while – four years, actually – and I wanted to apologize for ghosting you.
It was never my intention to abandon this space. Over the past few years I’d thought about writing, but I didn’t know what to say. There seemed to be enough people shouting and sharing their opinions, so what good would my opinions do? Since I couldn’t answer that question, I tucked the blog away in a corner where it collected dust and memories. I had intended for the break to be short, just some time for me to regain energy and clarity, but the opposite occurred: the longer I left it there, the less clarity and energy (and, frankly, courage) I had to open it.
Maybe you can relate.
However, after a four-year hiatus, I’m recommitting. The evidence? I dusted off the keyboard, reset my password, and renewed my annual subscription. LET’S GO.
Here’s a quick recap of the past four years. Kayla:
- moved (twice)
- switched jobs (twice)
- got married (once)
- gained and lost some weight
- gained and lost some loved ones (sadly, multiple funerals in the past 18 months)
- traveled the U.S. (in lieu of international travel–28 states!)
- joined a new church
- enrolled in (and dropped out of) a graduate program
I think those are the most significant changes. My husband and I dog-sat for a weekend and decided we’re not ready for a pet, despite the dozens of puppy photos saved on my phone. I also got in my first “my fault” car accident – didn’t enjoy that – and, earlier this year, I was published in an academic journal. Unless you’re a nursing education enthusiast, you’ll find the article to be quite boring. Still, presenting the article at a conference was exciting, in an academic sort of way.
Over the past few years, I’ve done loads of academic writing and that’s why I’m here: I’m ready for a break. Moreover, I’m trying to spend less time on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, but I still want to share my travel, work, and personal experiences. Hence my reengagement here.
As always, you’re welcome to read my posts and share them with friends and family, but if you decide to let my blog remain in the corner and collect dust, I won’t be the least bit offended. Actually, I’d understand entirely.
Hope you’re doing well.