Happy New Year! Well, almost…
I always wonder how to write my New Year’s post. Because my blog’s anniversary falls so near January 1, the new year has always provoked the kind of introspection that I happened to do a little early this year, when Veganland turned 3. I had such a blast writing last year’s post, 2013, and choosing blog posts from each month to reflect on the 12 months that comprised the year. To say adieu to 2012, I had a shorter, post and geez, how much has changed since then!
How much has changed in a year, come to think of it. And how much hasn’t. I still have some of the same tattoos (though I’ve added quite a few), the same fussy tuxedo demon cat, still vegan, still active, still wondering what health and a healthy lifestyle means to me and how it fits into my crazy little life. I really feel that I conveyed a lot of my feelings about the blog and its various changes in the 3 year birthday post, which is really what the new year posts have been about in past years: introspection and reflection, acknowledging the past forms of change and the iterations of change that are sure to come as the future unfolds.
This year’s new year post, like its predecessors, is going to be a little bit different. I’ve struggled with the format and structure of these posts and how I’d like to go about conveying them, if there should be some sort of cohesiveness to the way I present them or even what is presented. Should there be? I’ve decided: both yes and no. Collecting last year’s series of posts was the most appropriate way for me to commemorate 2013, but commemorating 2014 needs to be just as different as this year has been. In some ways, I’m writing today’s post to preface what’s coming tomorrow. Tomorrow’s post is by far the most personal one I’ve ever shared here on the blog. I finally feel that I’m at a point where I’m able to do that — balance the public and private aspects of my life in my blog’s content. I finally also have the time to reflect and craft wordier posts that have a lot more thought behind them. I am, at the core being of myself, a writer after all.
So tomorrow: I’m sharing the story about finding true health. This is something I’ve struggled with for most of my adult life. Taking these few weeks off and having no academic work to do has allowed me to look back on how vastly different things are now than they were a year ago. I’m so happy with this snug little life of mine and I’m just over the moon about my health and how well I feel that it’s positively impacting other parts of my life. A lot of the big transformations that it’s taken for me to get to where I am right now, in this very moment, occurred over the past year, so I feel that relaying the entire story covering several years of my life makes a lot of sense as it all culminates during 2014. I’m very excited to share this story with all of you. As I mentioned, it’s been in the making for most of this year and I’m finally glad that the words finally came to me and I was able to write it this week. So, coming up tomorrow: “On Losing and (Re)gaining my Health.” Enjoy, and may you have a happy new year!
Goals for 2015
Create a sustainable kombucha brewing practice in my own kitchen
Maintain lasting health
Travel some place I’ve never been before
Brew the perfect cup of coffee
Read, as much as possible