I cannot believe that I have been blogging for an entire year! First off, thank you WordPress, as the only reason I know this is because of the friendly notification you sent me congratulating me. More importantly, however, thank you to everyone who has been reading this blog and has continued to follow along. I truly appreciate it and probably would not be here writing today if it were not for you.
As I reflect on this past year of blogging, there has been plenty of ups and downs. Doors have closed, yet others have opened. I am in a completely different place from last year, and it is a much better one. Yes, I am still anxiously awaiting my teaching placement in Spain and the much coveted admitida status. Looking back on where I was last year, I was can see that today I am far more ready to make the jump to travel and live in Spain now than I was then.
Life sometimes throws you for a loop, and things change in unexpected ways. Not to be cliché, but things happen for a reason. Within the last month, my dad was hospitalized in an intensive care unit and had a near death experience after being in a medically induced coma for a month. He is recovering now and will live. This wasn’t my reason for changing my plans about going to Spain a year ago; however, it did workout that I was able to be here with him during this time – his time of need. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to be away for this. While I know things can happen next year, I am prepared. I am ready. I am in a better place.
This blog was not something I honestly thought would last, be it lack of interest from me or readers or simply that I would move on to something else. However, it has grasped ahold me and has become ever important to me, a sense of pride if you will. I am not only able to share what I feel is important, but I have connected with many wonderful, caring, compassionate people who I have never even met in person. The world is a wondrous and delightful place filled with people who care and want to make it better, and while I know this, somedays when I needed a reminder the people I have connected with through this blog have reminded me of this – over and over.
Most of all, I wanted to simply say thank you, not just for reading and commenting though, but for helping to shape me into who I am today. It has truly made a world of difference, and I cannot thank you enough.