Here’s to the next four years. . .

Sometimes it seems like life is moving at lightning speed…but then other times it feels like certain things are moving in slow motion.  Gary and I have been together for about 4 1/2 years…yet it feels like it’s been decades.  I remember that day like it was yesterday but when I think back over these last four years it’s like five lifetimes have been shoved inside them.  This year I’ve lived in Chicago for nine years…NINE!  That is basically a decade…and yet it feels like only yesterday I said goodbye to Boston and made this place my home.  I have friends that I’ve known for only a few years yet I could swear they’ve been in my life forever.  And when I think back to starting this business it’s a combination of feeling like it was just yesterday when I would sit in front of my computer screen and yearn for all the things I wanted out of life…and feeling like I can’t remember when I did anything else.


Today (well technically yesterday) makes my four year blog-aversary.  Four years ago I say down in front of my computer and started this crazy journey.  I stared at the blinking cursor and couldn’t bring myself to write anything…because who in the world would ever read it?  But day after day I wrote.  I posted blogs that I was certain were being read by me and my mom and that was about it.  I talked about some of the most ridiculous things…but I kept at it.  And eventually…somewhere over these last four years…I found my voice.  I found a love for writing that I never knew I had (truth be told I’ve always hated writing…and think I kind of suck at it…but I’ve grown to love it nonetheless).  I found a connection with people I had never met…and I found a little piece of the internet to call home.  This blog has become such a huge part of me.  I’ve never been the type of person who can easily talk about their feelings.  I’ve never been a “mushy” person or someone who wears their heart on their sleeve.  But somehow this blog has become a place where I can be all those people.  I can be open and honest and share a part of me that I too often keep hidden in my daily life.  I can be the most authentic version of myself.


This blog has taken a lot of turns over the years.  It’s gone places I’ve never expected and presented me with challenges that I never saw coming.  But stripped down…at the base of it all…this blog is where it all started.  I’ll admit…I’ve struggled a lot over the last few months with blogging.  I guess finding the purpose in what I was writing about and feeling too often like I was blogging for the sake of blogging started to wear on me.  Instead of really putting my heart into it I just did the bare minimum so I could check it off my to-do list.  But like I promised a few months ago…I wanted to bring back the magic that this blog used to bring to my life and I hope to my readers.  So as I celebrate this milestone today…I feel as full of hope and inspiration and determination as I did on that first day.  And above all else…I feel so grateful.  I just want to say thank you.  Thank you for reading my words every day.  Cheering me on, always pushing me and picking me up when I’m down.  For filling my life with so much love and support and always reminding me exactly why it is I do what I do.  Here’s to the next four years…


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  • Christy Tyler - March 27, 2014 - 10:22 am

    I’m loving the resurgence of your blog and hearing your ‘voice’ again!! Also – love the new update! Hey there, heeeeyyyyyy! Here’s to many many more years! 🙂 xoxoReplyCancel

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