2016 Here We Go: An Introduction

At 11 years old, I fell in love with the written word. Enthralled in a children’s novel about a terrifying earthquake, I found myself completely lost in pure black & white; pictures only created with my very own imagination. This ongoing love affair over the past decade & a half has certainly come with its ups & downs, as any great love affair does.

So here I am at 27. It has been 94 days since my last post, over 100 days since I’ve felt this overwhelming passion to write, &, as of Sunday, it will have been 2,147 days since I started this blog. 2147Miles has been an outlet for my every word over the past (almost) six years now. A creation all my own, this website was unknowingly built as a stepping stone for those who are wondering what they are fighting for – this includes myself. As it’s grown, 2147Miles has become my way of life; without it, I feel ever-so-slightly lost. (And, yes, I hope you feel the same way!)

Over these past six years, if there’s one very important thing that I’ve learned about writing, it’s that – just like everything else – not everyone’s going to like what you write. Not everyone is going to like who you are, what you say, what you stand for, etc, etc. And if I’m being completely honest, this is something that often bothers me. I want to be liked. I want this website to be liked. (Hell, I want this website to be your holy grail…) And, up until September of 2015, this blog was exactly that for me. But, just like any relationship out there, there must be growth. This website needs to grow up with me; with you. I’ve come to realize that there are parts of me that I hold back from this blog simply because of the opinions of others, & not only is that not fair to me, but it is not fair to any of you who return to my website to hear more every week. You cannot have all sunshine & rainbows! You need the dirt! How do you overcome the hard stuff? How do you find the power within to stand up after the 100th time falling down?

I fall down. I make mistakes. I embarrass myself. These are all things that you need to know because you need someone to relate to. I’m not perfect!! And vague blogs about ‘difficult times’ can only go so far.

For those of you who started reading this post & thought that it sounded like the beginning of a confession… “It has been 94 days since my last post…” Maybe that’s just me giving a little foreshadowing.



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