Happy New Year!
I don’t know if many of you have noticed, but I have been absent from blogging for about a month and a half. Don’t be too upset with me yet, because there is a reason– a good one at that!
I started blogging last June, and while it has been rather hit and miss I have learned a lot. There has been much debating, rethinking, and uncertainties about it, especially since I started working away from home. I’ve really just got my toes wet, but with a new year upon us I feel ready to jump in head first. Oddly enough, it was the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon which inspired my new outlook on the matter.
It was after Thanksgiving and the high of being at home and spending time with my family was beginning to wear off. Life was back to its usual routine. The sun was no where to be seen and it was literally freezing outside. What use to be (before having Addie) a very satisfying and rewarding job was now a mere means for income. I was a little depressed and feeling trapped.
During Thanksgiving break we visited the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home of the “Spruce Goose”, one of the largest airplanes ever built made entirely out of wood. As I stood besides this massive airplane and thought about the kind of work that went into building such a thing I was completely awe-struck. There I was, a young women from a small town, living a completely sheltered life, and being so completely wrapped up in my own problems. In front of me stood this great symbol of American industry during the harsh times of WW2. It was something so much bigger than me, bigger than I could ever comprehend. It was as though I was realizing the big world I live in for the very first time.
Walking through the museum and experiencing the monumental history that surrounded me I wished I could be a part of it. Not for the recognition but for the sole purpose of impacting others and being a part of something that was much bigger than myself. The routine of life I had fallen into was not living at all, rather it was doing the things to get me through each day so it could start all over again the next day. Life was not meant to be stagnant. I could no longer settle on the fact that working at a job I no longer found as much satisfaction from was going to be my life until my husband finishes school (six years from now!). I suddenly felt empowered to take a chance, to pursue what I feel passionate about. I might fail, but I’ll never know until I try.
I don’t know what this new year will bring, but I am determined to never stop learning, to live life to its fullest, and to go after my dreams…succeed or fail. I love blogging so I’m going to blog, and I hope I can somehow make a small impact in doing so. The last month has been devoted to reevaluating, planning, and re-designing in order to make that dream become a reality. We will be launching our newly designed website exactly 1 week from today. That is right, I said “we“. I have partnered up with one of my most dearest friends in the world and I can’t wait for you to meet her. Please join us January 8th for the launch of the new Stripes and Polka Dots blog!
And for those of you who are wondering; no, I did not up and quite my job. Sure, it may not be my dream job any more, but we’re blessed to have it. Accomplishing a dream does not always happen overnight. It requires planning, hard-work, motivation, and doing the things that you don’t necessarily want to do to eventually get to where you want to be. That is where I’m at.
Here is to a great year and another one to follow! See you next week!