Alas, I'm back after an 8-month hiatus. I took some time off for personal reasons; there is much more to life than blogging, and I honestly needed a break to focus my attention in other areas. I'm unsure if now's the right time to get back into the swing of things, but I've been itching to write again. It feels damn good to be back.
As I'm sure you notice, I've changed my alias from Freckled Nettles to The Journey Girl Collective. You'll learn from today's post that I've grown a lot internally, and thus needed shift things around externally. My blog needed a transformation, and TJGC seemed more appropriate. My life has become one, big, exciting (and sometimes hella messy) journey. This is my platform to share it.
Anyway, it's been a while since I last posted (sans sponsored posts... well, because $ponsored). I could sit here all day sharing my laundry list of updates, but instead I rounded up the more noteworthy below. Let's dive in, shall well?
Over the Past Few Months I...
1. Became more passionate than ever:
It's true - passion fuels success. Everything is connected – people, places, events. Every encounter in life is a bridge to a new opportunity. Even opportunities in disguise.
From my career with Sweet Note to my current internship, education, and network, there is a lot on my plate (graduation in May *happy dance*), but I wouldn't have it any other way. I keep myself busy and take advantage of new opportunities. In turn, I have began to discover my true passions.
2. Discovered independent travel:
Over the past year, I have traveled more than ever, but most importantly, traveled by myself. Yes - most of my family, and some of my friends, are incredulous and find it downright strange. But I genuinely enjoy it.
When you travel alone, you create your own itinerary and fly by your own rules. You appreciate experiences and live much more presently. I've grown to understand not only people, but also myself, much more thoroughly through independent travel. I learned that I can navigate situations (including countries) on my own. I gained a newfound sense of confidence in myself that honestly laid dormant until I started traveling.
3. Fell in love... with cappuccinos:
No love story to share yet (see 5), but I did strike up a new romance with cappuccinos. As many of you know, I'm an avid coffee drinker, and I recently discovered cappuccinos while traveling. However, it's not just about the beverage itself, it's about the overall experience. I love stumbling upon a new cafe, ordering a cappuccino (with almond milk), and sipping on it as I people watch, get some work done, or simply relax. Yes - it sounds cheesy - but the cappuccino has created an experience that I've grown to genuinely appreciate.
I now work my way towards a Nespresso machine. #collegestudentlivingonabudget
4. Changed my look:
Because sometimes you need something new. I chopped my hairs off. I got new glasses (because I was three years overdue). Change is good!
5. Learned that dating isn't for me (at this point in time, anyway):
Call it selfish. Call it whatever you please. I, however, am too focused on growing myself at this point in my life. I've been dealt some crazy cards, and I've endlessly been trying to sort through them. Over the past few months, I've grown to appreciate the relationship that I have developed with myself, and I'd like to continue to develop that before I develop a relationship with someone else. Although it's not the case for everyone, it's the case for me, and I am content with that.
6. Adopted a furry friend:
I guess I shouldn't have lumped dating and cats right next to each other, haha. No - this is not my solution to a boyfriend (although to some - totally could be). Meet Schmitty. My furry little friend who I adopted recently. He is surely a snugglebug.
7. Went vegan:
I found myself accidentally eating a mostly vegan diet. Dairy didn't settle well with me. Meats I had sparingly. Fish I had only with sushi. So in August I took the plunge and committed to a vegan diet.
I have discovered a new love for eating and cooking. From new ingredients to new cuisines, I have experimented with not only my palate, but experimented with my body as well. I learned that my body appreciates more plant-based food in general, not to mention it appreciates carbs as well. I have always feared "high-carb" foods, but through veganism, I have discovered that it's not the quantity, but the quality of foods that you consume. Carbs aren't the enemy.
All biased opinions aside, vegetables are awesome. They create some delicious dishes.
*Disclaimer: major food porn ahead*
I even have a newfound love for pizza.
8. Developed a greater appreciation for those around me:
Without a doubt, I have the best family and friends a girl could ever wish for. Although my family is... well, family, they have also become friends who look out for me with their best intentions. Similarly, my friends have become family. They do nothing but support, encourage, push (for better reasons), and enrich.
I have a rare group of people in my life, and I can't express how appreciative I am. I wouldn't be the girl I am today without them. And that I am certain.
Anyway, I've done enough rambling for today. Like I said, I'm happy to be back and blogging again. Look out for some of my usual posts (#MIMM with Katie @ Healthy Dive Life and #WIAW with other bloggers like Alexia @ Hummusapien) over the next few days! The journey has just started.
Blogger friends (and friends in general) - what are some of your updates?
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