It's very hard for me to believe that I've only been writing this blog for five months. I can't imagine my life without it now! When this little online project was born, I had no idea I would correspond with so many amazing people through it. I'm touched that you often leave comments and write e-mails thanking me for my posts. But really, I should be thanking you.
In the past five months, my life has transformed in almost every sense. I've gone back to work at a job that's both fulfilling and provides me with fabric money. (Who could ask for more?) Having the blog as an outlet has made me a better writer, a better thinker, and a better seamstress (if I do say so myself). Since I've quit drinking, I find that hours have opened up to me in each day. I've been asked before how I manage my time, and I seriously think sobriety is the answer, weird as that may sound. And if someone asked me how I manage my sobriety, I would probably say that blogging is the answer. So it all goes hand in hand, you see. I'm lucky to have a life filled with creativity and love.
Side story: As I've mentioned here before, I was once enrolled in a PhD program. It was a bit of a bust and I ended up dropping out after a couple years. When I left that life behind, in some ways I thought I was also leaving behind a life in which people listened to what I had to say. There were no more lectures to give, no more of the "publish or perish" mentality. I felt I was giving up the opportunity to engage in a larger dialogue in a meaningful way, as pompous as that perhaps sounds. Though I know I made the right decision, it was a bit sad for me.
Anyway, it's amazing to me that now I have all of the creative and intellectual interaction that I once longed for, in a forum (and on a topic) I never would have expected. I find myself truly shocked and extremely thankful that so many of you stop by to read what I have to say. I love that you've let me experiment with different topics and that you've opened my mind with your insightful comments. This blog has grown so much from my initial vision of it, thanks to your constant inspiration.
To make a long story short: Thank You.