Awhile ago I got an email from Bluehost that my web domain and hosting were going to expire. I put off deciding what to do with only a few hours to spare. Finally, with a looming deadline, I pulled the trigger and renewed both for another few years. While I did not love paying a good chunk of change to keep this site up and running, I also didn’t want to lose it yet.
I’m still not sure what I’ll do the next time renewal comes. For a few solid years, I logged in here frequently and wrote my heart out, learned a lot about website maintenance and blog best practices, and made meaningful connections. There are some specific posts that I am really proud of. That I want to keep around for my portfolio or to reflect back on later.
Anyone got some tips on a practical way to save the best stuff without keeping the website forever? I thought about moving select posts to the free version of WordPress. Or transitioning from a blog into a portfolio or professional website. Or even just good and copy-and-paste the content into the cloud.
For now though, I bought myself some time.
So, what have I been up to since last August anyway?
Settling in our house
We’re just a few weeks away from our one-year anniversary of home ownership, and it feels great. Cal and I both have taken having our own space pretty well. And of course the pets love the extra space too. We recently completed our first major project of replacing the flooring. We ripped out all the carpet and old laminate and replaced it with luxury vinyl. It looks like wood but is extra durable and waterproof. It was a pain to move everything to accommodate the installation, but we’re glad it’s over and love the result.
Last fall we took a week-long trip down south to see one of the places on my bucket list: Roswell. (In case you didn’t know, I have a thing for aliens.) While in the area, we checked out Carlsbad Caverns and spent several days in El Paso, which I absolutely loved. It was a dream trip for me, and I’ve been longing to go back since. If I get enough motivation I may even write more about it here.
I also took a short trip with my bestie to Chicago over St. Patty’s Day weekend. We were there for a tattoo convention, but also had some time to poke around town. It turned out to be a great idea to rely on Lyft for our transportation as driving in the city is kind of ridiculous.
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Doctor, doctor, give me the news
I’ve also had the joy of being in and out of various doctors’ offices trying to figure out what’s going on. After seeing specialists and consistently being told to just “wait it out,” I started being my own health advocate and demanding answers. Finally, over two years later, we have some. My hair loss is apparently called chronic telogen effluvium, my crazy cycles have (probably) been the result of my acne medication, and we’ve pinpointed the likely reason we haven’t had a baby.
I’ve been wearing a wonderful (yes, that’s sarcastic) orthotic device on my lower jaw for several months to treat TMJ, which has been a more recent problem (waking up to your jaw being totally locked is super fun), and have regular chiropractor and massage visits to treat my misaligned spine and neck pain.
Just having some answers has been a huge relief, and I finally feel good about how to move forward now. We will see what happens!
Working on me
I’m trying to prioritize and set goals for my personal and professional self too.
I applied for a local women’s leadership program (and got rejected, but that’s OK), but did have an opportunity to challenge myself and conquer a fear. I was asked by a local professional communicator’s group to present on my job, so I gave a 5-minute talk with Q&A afterward to a group of 15 or so others. I hate public speaking, but did my best and used it as an opportunity to push myself and learn new skills. To make it easier and more fun, I incorporated lots of cat memes into my presentation.
I’ve also spent some time focusing on self care. I took up pilates again, have been journaling and seeing the therapist, reading about religions to figure out what I believe, and prioritizing things in my life. I got some more ink — in fact, my most recent piece won second place best of show in Chicago — and have done some YOLOing. Learning to let fear go and just do me has been pretty great, albeit a slow process.
I’m not sure when I’ll be back here. These days, I just try to take it day by day. If you want to stay in touch, feel free to reach out via email or text, or follow me on social media. I even recently joined Snapchat, and that’s been an adventure. Let me know if you can’t find me, and we can connect. Thanks for reading, whoever is out there.
What have you been up to?