Tumblr let me know this week that my blog is four years old. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from updating it, due to busyness (of the work and wedding planning varieties), but I didn’t want to let this little corner of the internet’s birthday pass without marking it somehow.
When I started this blog, I was about to graduate from college. I was terrified of leaving the cozy little universe I’d created for myself at school. Nonetheless, I was gamely gearing up to go out and try to make a career in magazines.
Since that spring, I’ve weathered unemployment, illness, and surgery. I’ve had several jobs, which have taught me a great deal about how to be a professional, given me the opportunity to write about things about which I care enormously, and introduced me to incredible people. I’ve lost my beloved grandfather, and I miss him every day. I’ve made new friends, kept old ones, and lost a few old ones as well. I’ve deepened my relationships with care and focus, and been rewarded beyond measure. A few times, I’ve fought with people I love. I’ve laughed a lot, read a ton of great books, and discovered new places that are now dear to me. I’ve gotten engaged and celebrated, and also spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be married and how to do it well.
As all of these many, many things were happening, I’ve written here, sometimes more, sometimes less. Nattily has been an outlet, a place for fun and whimsy, a place for delight. It’s been a place of experimentation as I’ve worked to establish myself in the world.
If you’ve read along, I’m grateful. I hope it’s been as fun for you to read as it’s been for me to write.
And, of course, I’m excited to see what comes next!