I…have many other things I should be doing right now.
I…also have 30 days until my 30th birthday.
So here we are. I’ve found over the past couple years I haven’t written much, but I’ve had so much I’ve wanted to say. My itch for writing again began early last year and led me to freelance write in 2017 as a ghostwriter –super unglamorous, but much needed practice. As in love as I am with my job and career, lately I’ve been finding myself distracted constantly by reading, which also inspires me to write. Fiction, feelings, and the truth.
When I first started blogging about food as a grad student looking for an outlet, I never would have imagined the network it would create for me. Early on, I connected with Heather from Then Heather Said. For her 30th birthday, she blogged every day for the 30 days up until the big day and called it “30 Days of Heather”. Those were some of my favorite posts from her blog and they were on a variety of topics. Last month, I was thinking about this impending birthday coming up and how the last six months of reflecting have led me make some surprising realizations—and then it clicked. 30 days until 30. 30 days of Emily writing. No planned or scheduled posts. Writing about what feels real. Writing about what matters to me. Writing for practice. Writing to connect.
I honestly have thought very little of this writing space over the past year or so—my brain was so full, my main priority on keeping myself afloat in my career. Since landing my “dream job” (LOLOLOL what does that even mean), I’ve seen so many other pieces of my life fly out the window the past three years. Examples: my physical activity has decreased, my weight has increased (a lot), I don’t cook NEAR as much as I used to, and my motivation to write freely has decreased because I am so damn tired all of the time. So I think this 30 day collection of writings will be good. To take back a little piece of my soul that I’ve lost. To reclaim a piece of the internet that is mine…maybe even Maxine Waters style?