Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Thoughts (See Jane Think)


The holiday season sets off a flurry of emotions for me--excitement, grief, nostalgia, stress, gratitude…and if I'm being completely honest, it even brings out the cynic in me.  But let's talk about gratitude for a minute.  If you just started following along on my blog/instagram (because let's face it, blogs might be dying, along with society's attention span) or maybe you've been following along since 2010, thank you so much for being a part of my journey. More importantly, thank you for letting me have this outlet!  I started this blog as a way to explore my interest in fashion and writing and also as a distraction to my dad's cancer who was largely consuming me with worry.  I needed an outlet--an escape.  I had an awesome career at a great company but didn't feel like I was tapping into my true passions--and I felt regret for choosing finance over fashion.  I knew absolutely nothing about blogging; I read a few design blogs at the time and had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Five years later, I'm still here.  And while this blog will probably never be my end game, I envision it always being a part of my life in some capacity.

Like many of you, I've been through a lot the past five years and maybe you can relate to a few: wedding planning, a marriage, a total career change, dealing a parent's illness, home ownership, getting a dog, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, lots of laughter and perhaps even more tears along the way.  And you probably know by know that this blog isn't about what I'm dealing with on a micro-level each day, but sometimes it's helpful to show you all that there's a real person behind the lens--dealing with the highs and lows of life, just like everyone else. (Blogging/gramming/snapping is only going to get more curated and there will always be a glossy veneer that separates you from the harsh reality of life and that's ok, as long as you can reconcile that in your own mind.)

Thank you again for following along.  This blog has really been a bit of a safe haven for me and I think what keeps me here is the fact that my dad enjoyed reading it when he was alive (he was a great writer and his approval meant a lot).

From me to you:  I wish you all the happiest of holidays and the Merriest of Christmases.

11 comments

  1. Awww!! Have a merry Christmas and happy, filled with love and peace holidays!

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  2. Merry Christmas Anna!
    It's so true that our blogs only show a small part of our lives and there are things that no one ever hears. I've loved following your blog since it's beginnings and can't wait to see what the future holds :)
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  3. long-time lurker, infrequent commenter, fellow "A.J." here. just wanted to say I've loved reading along since I found your blog maybe 4-5 years ago. (I clicked through from a Pinterest post of what I think was a Christmastime outfit of red jeans??)

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  4. Thank you so much for this lovely post. I have been following you for at least four years now. You are by far my favorite blogger, and I thank you for continuing with the blog. I still like coming to your blog to read it...even though I follow you on other social media sites. I can't wait to continue reading your blog in 2016!

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  5. It's been a pleasure to follow you! For those of us out there trying to figure out our own careers and considering major changes like the one you made, would you be willing to share about your own experience?

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