Monday, December 30, 2013

On a More Personal Note. . .[Books Not Included]

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to a close. When I look back on this year, I can hardly remember all that I’ve done, but I can easily think of all that I wanted to do. It is so easy to think of the things we wish we would have done, instead of appreciating and being thankful for the things we were able to do.

As I write this, I am looking back to last January when I finally sat down and created the book blog I had been thinking of for quite some time. Here I am now, January 2014 on my heels and I am writing this post on that blog I created one year ago. Turning Pages has become more than just a book blog where I can talk books and share my thoughts on those I’ve read. It has become a safe place, an oasis of sorts, a place where I can share my passion with others, and a place that I share with one of my very best friends, Christie. This blog has become more than I ever imagined it becoming. I get excited when I connect with new bloggers and authors, when I reach a milestone, and when I get to share a book with others that they may not have come across on their own. Yes, it does become stressful and there are days where I just want to walk away from the computer and forget about blogging for a few hours, and sometimes I do because it’s necessary when you love something so much. We all need a little vacation from our everyday tasks from time to time, but in the end, this blog has introduced me to people I probably never would have ‘met’ had I not finally gone after my dream of starting a book blog.

With that being said, I just wanted to let everyone who reads this, whether that be 5 people or 100 people, know that 2014 is going to be a whirlwind for me. Much more so than 2013 was. Starting next week, I will begin 4 months of student teaching. It’s going to be stressful and long hours, but it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. It’s hard to believe that in just 5 months, I will finally be graduating college and not just me, but my husband will be too. Even though it’s taken a year longer than expected, as I look back to my freshman year of college, I can hardly believe where I am today. I’ve accomplished a lot in my short 22 years of life, a lot of which others my age haven’t even really thought about. I entered college at 18 already engaged and planning a wedding to my best friend. I planned that wedding my freshman & sophomore years of college and married the summer before my junior year. That was 2.5 years ago. And even though I am what you would call a “super senior,” I kept the promise I made to my parents and my husband, that no matter how hard things got and how much I wanted to just give up, I would complete my college education. Yes, I still have 4 months of student teaching and 5 months before I actually walk across the stage, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, blogging might be a little light on my end for the next couple of months, but I won’t give it up completely. Hell, I couldn’t even if I tried. I love reading too much and I love this blogging community I’ve come to consider a family. Reviews and book talk will still take place or else I go crazy. Okay, I may go slightly crazy student teaching, but that comes with the job description…right? Anyways, I just wanted to give you a guys and update and let you know what’ll be going on for me the next couple of months. And if you happen to see me on Twitter past 10pm during the week…yell at me and tell me I will regret it in the morning when I am dealing with 24 second graders. 🙂

Oh, and if you wouldn’t mind sending me thoughts, prayers, positive energy, or whatever it is you prefer my way as I write the final months of this chapter of my life, I would greatly appreciate it. And feel free to talk books, movies, or whatever it is with me. You know where to find me…

Happy reading.


2 Responses to “On a More Personal Note. . .[Books Not Included]”

  1. Diana Huffer

    Sweetie, you are way more accomplished than many people twice your age! Sending you lots of positive thoughts and energy to get you through…!! You go, girl!! 🙂

  2. Stephanie Parent

    I’m so excited for you! Teaching is one of the best jobs imaginable if you have the talent, but it’s definitely challenging!

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