As I sit here on my birthday, leaving my 20s and graduating into my third decade on this planet, I realize that I’ve been writing Nearly Native for almost 4 years. This blog is the longest committed relationship I’ve ever been in. It’s been a commitment to myself, with highs and lows, lack of motivation and explosions of ideas, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing. I hope that many of you can relate when I say that this blog has been a love affair of creative expression. When you find something that makes you happy, making time for it is the most important thing you can do.
It’s also the best, most flattering bonus when your peers show appreciation for your creation. But I don’t do this for freebies or shoutouts, I do it for me and for the people that connect with my writing. During a time of year when everyone is making resolutions, starting fresh for the new year, I had a hard time deciding what to do with Nearly Native moving forward. For a brief second I actually thought about shuttering it altogether – did it make sense for me to have the blog still? I’d lost motivation. But then I remembered how much I love writing and I simply can’t give that up.
Life happenings (all good!) have relocated me away from Nashville to Knoxville, TN, and while this blog was mostly dedicated to Nashville (which will always be first in my heart!), I need to evolve as the things that inspire my writing have changed. I’ll still be visiting Nashville often and I’ll be writing about restaurants, workouts, travel, and the like, but I’ll also be taking a turn into the trials and tribulations of adulthood – real things that we all deal with daily. I’m also planning on redesigning the site to mirror this next chapter in my life.
I hope that this change will allow me to continue my love affair with writing and will also connect with you. After all, we can’t continue to grow if we don’t challenge ourselves with what’s in front of us, right? My hope is that 2018 will continue to bring learning, creativity, travel, and a whole lot of Tennessee (Nashville, Knoxville, and beyond) blog features! I’d also love to hear from you if you have any suggestions or topics that I should cover! Thank you for sticking with me these 4 years and making writing extra fun for me. Bear with me while I refresh the blog and in the meantime, here’s a picture of my massive and delicious birthday doughnut from Status Doughnuts & Coffee in Knoxville, TN – y’all have GOT to check this place out!