Hey guys, if you’re reading on Google Reader, click on over to the blog for a sec. I’ve done some basic re-design of the blog. I’ve tinkered with the header, some logos, and some design details. I’ve created a background pattern too! What do you think?
You probably noticed, first and foremost, that I’ve changed the title of the blog. It’s no longer Peeps from Abroad. Yes, I know, this is probably the worst thing to do when you author a blog, but since all ten of you reading count for a small and young audience, I had faith this you’d figure out what’s going on.
I wanted the change, mostly, because since I’ve moved back to DC, I’m no longer “peeping” from “abroad”. The title just didn’t seem to fit anymore. When I started the blog in November 2010, I planned to share with friends and family back home what I was doing in China every day. Looking back, compared to where I am today, there was SO much uncertainty in my life.
Romantically, I was about to move halfway across the world to be with a guy that I wasn’t 100% positive I was going to be with me in the long run. Luckily, my gamble paid off thanks to my persuasive ways (I like to think I cooked my way into his heart).
Geographically, I was about to leave place that I had begun to call home and that I loved, to go to a place that none of my friends had ever heard of and I had no idea what to expect. I ended up loving my time in Guangzhou, and travelled in a way that I never though I would.
Emotionally, I was grappling with a loss of one career and the potential start of five or six. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, though I knew what things I liked and what I hated. I just couldn’t settle on what to do in between. Now I’m finally settling on a direction. It’s not an easy direction, but at least there’s a direction.
Financially, I was sort of in the pits too. Living in NY will kind of do that to you.
Creatively and adventurously, I was struggling. It was tough for me to graduate with a degree in art, and then end up working as an assistant, only to get fired, and then start working in restaurants again. Living abroad, I met better friends that I ever though I would. I honed my Chinese and I developed my hobbies. I realized that life is a path, and that all my experiences will do some good.…some day.
As you can see I was at an in-between phase in my life when I started this blog, unbeknownst to me. I’d like to think that I’m out of that rut (but I don’t know, maybe I’ll look back in four years and marvel at how little I know now). So, in honor of becoming one step closer to being an adult, I’m re-titling this blog.
As to the focus of this blog, it’s not going to change drastically. I’ll still focus on travels and the photographic marvels that places like China and Africa naturally provide, and then I’ll also blog a bit more in-depth about my life as a diplomatic wife (that sounds so weird to say), more about my life as a home cook, and hopefully share my journey as an aspiring writer.
I chose ‘Here and There’ after a long brainstorming session. Do you know how hard it is to come up with a blog title?? Two pages of scrawled notes and I like this one the best. It’s neither here nor there, because it’s both here and there. Figuratively speaking, and geographically speaking too. It’s sort of a mess, it’s sort of pulled in all kinds of directions, and it’s sort of everywhere. Just like I am.