A New Season

Looking through this blog, it may seem strange to you that there is such a gap between posts (mainly, the second half of 2013). There are several reasons for that, a few of which almost kept me from coming back to this blog at all.

  1. I started this blog as a distraction from the ‘boring parts of life’ – namely, my craptastic job. In that job, I used my ample down time to craft my blog and gain inspiration from others’ blogs. Highly productive! Just after this post, I quit my job and lost all that great time to blog during the day.
  2. A few weeks after I quit my job and started a new one that I actually cared about, I discovered I was pregnant. I considered blogging about the pregnancy, but I didn’t want this to be a pregnancy blog. Plus, that would have added one more thing to my ‘To Do’ list, which I was so not on top of (Pregnancy brain is real).
  3. I got tired of talking about myself. It bored me, to be honest. I’m still not sure how to keep this interesting, and it’s sometimes easier to let myself off the hook with the ‘who cares what you have to say anyway‘ mentality.

Given all of that, and other less important reasons, I stayed away. I put some thoughts on paper or in draft posts, but never got past that. So, here we are, nine months later. Not the best time for me to think I can go back to blogging, given the drastic life change I’m about to experience, but at least I can try – and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

p.s. I just went for a short run at 39 1/2 weeks pregnant – just to see if I could still do it. Major win! Looking forward to getting back in shape very soon.


Getting Ready for My Closeup

Great White Shark My next International Trip will feature a close encounter with this guy, or maybe his cousin. Either way, I’m super excited to have an opportunity like this. There are only two places in the world where you can legally cage dive with Great Whites, and I am certainly not going to miss my chance! Some people may question the cost-benefit of participating in this kind of ‘crazy’ activity, and normally I would agree that an experience is not worth dying for. However, in my anxiety-filled anticipation of this experience, I have done some research. The following famous people have done it and lived to tell about it: Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Sting. Well – that’s all I need to know!

Jokes aside, this is a very safe and awesome thing to do if you are ever travelling in South Africa or Australia. I will be sure to let you all know how it goes! In addition to cage diving, the trip will likely include a short safari, sandboarding, petting cheetahs (I hope!) and, of course, wine. Trip number 4 of my ‘see all the things‘ year is shaping up to be Spectacular!