Last year I started this blog and had the intention of blogging once a week. To be honest, this idea sunk faster than the Titanic. This year I have decided to really focus and make blogging one of my priorities. Since this is a new year, I have decided to start fresh, delete my old posts and start my blog over. I hope that over the course of this next year, that my blog can inspire you to create or try new things. I have a lot of ideas to blog about and I’m excited for you all to read them! Also, let me know if you are interested in anything specific, and I will be more than happy to dedicate a blog post to it.
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Pop culture writer and aspiring novelist Vanessa Sills lands the interview of a lifetime with the illustrious, elusive and reclusive mystery author Martin Clayborne in his quaint rural town only to realize her own aspirations, dreams and romantic life have taken a back seat along the way. When Vanessa returns home to Portland and a mysterious gift arrives from Martin, she then makes a surprise decision, and finally takes her own advice to “go boldly in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagine.
Two and a half years ago I made the decision to turn off every single social media notification on my phone, computer, and tablet. I noticed myself spending too much time playing the “I feel left out” and “why doesn’t my life look like that” game. After my head injury I felt like the world was continuing without me. I never compared my life to others online until my injury, and being able to not physically do a lot of the things I was seeing online played a huge role in my self-esteem. I realized one day social media was gaining too much power over my life, so I changed this.
Phil and I were at a dinner party a few weeks ago and the host shared how he remembers his first bottle of wine. While it was not expensive or of high caliber, to this day he can recall the moment the wine touched his lips and the aroma from the bottle. The moral of his story was not about the power of the alcohol, but rather who we share a bottle with and the experience. I love hearing his stories about previous dinner parties he has hosted, the places he has traveled to for tastings, and everything in-between. After learning about his latest trip to France, the stories reminded me of a shoot Phil and I coordinated a while back for a magazine where we set out to create a moment that could someday be a dinner party story.
Years ago when I started my journey learning about social justice I thought slavery was eradicated and long behind us. My goodness was I in for a wakeup call. While slavery isn’t the same as it was prior to the Thirteenth Amendment, it does still have a presence on this earth, today. Throughout the month of January I will be sharing information I have learned over the years, organizations fighting to see the end, and tips for how we can contribute to the eradication of human trafficking. This topic is far from easy to talk about, but I encourage you to push past the discomfort to learn about this polarizing issue.