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4 am epiphany

Tonight, or, well, actually this morning, I had an epiphany. Okay, two. The first is that I’m living in a house of insomniacs. I came to that particularly astute conclusion after realizing that out of the six or so people living in my share house (still not sure I’ve met everyone after a month of living here), at least four were awake as of 3:44 this morning. 

The second, and far more pertinent epiphany was that I am uncomfortable writing nonfiction. I’ve been puzzling over my reluctance to add to this blog in written form for some time now. Why do I feel like I’m pulling teeth (my own) every time I sit down to write a post? Why do I, nine times out of ten, give up before I even get half a sentence down? Why does my written narration of my journey thus far feel so stilted and unnatural? It isn’t because I’m bored with the material. On the contrary! I love the path my life is headed down. It isn’t for lack of vocabulary.  There have been times (not in this blog, obviously) when my writing has been commended as extremely articulate. Ornate even, in its imagery. why then do I have such a tough time writing about something for which I clearly have a passion?

fear. It’s fear. Fear that I’m going to sound dumb as I wax poetical about the time I walked barefoot through the streets of Lisbon at 2 in the morning. Or how Granada seemed even more magical when a fine mist spread over the city like a blanket and made everything sparkle. Or how climbing to the top of a ruined, forgotten castle in the foothills of Abruzzi was one of the most spiritually rewarding hikes I’ve ever been on.

So here’s my New Year’s resolution. Face my fear and write what I feel even if I sound melodramatic and silly.  Because what I feel makes it real. At the end of the day, it’s what makes my adventures worth living. 

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Milestone just in time for New Years!

Woot! I’m so excited! I now have over 100 followers! To you blog vets out there with 10 or 20 times that number, I’m sure my little milestone doesn’t seem like much, but to me, it’s a much yearned for accomplishment. I’m going to be pushing that much harder this year to reach a new goal…500. Now you may be saying ‘whoa Kat, take it easy. It just took you over a year to get 100 followers. What makes you think you’ll be able to quadruple your numbers this year????’ One word: momentum. When I started this project just over a year ago, I had NO CLUE what I was doing. I had never tried to keep a blog or journal and I probably hadn’t written about things that were happening in my life since we were forced to in AP English class. Computer programming? Web design? Uh-uh, never. I just did what I could, learned as I went along, and read as many good blogs as I could get my hands on in an attempt to emulate their great qualities and learn from their occasional mistakes.

Now, I know I’m far from perfect, but I amlearning and if I can just keep this momentum going, stay positive, stay inspired, I know I can make this a truly worthwhile blog to read (and watch). There is one thing I need. YOUR HELP. I need your help to see what isn’t working and what I should do more of. Please, no matter how harsh, I need to hear it because I want this blog to be useful to other travelers or people who dream of traveling. I value your opinion! Thanks to everyone who helped make this a great year. I hope your years have also been blessed. If not, well then it’s time to turn it around 😀
Happy New Years!!

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