I haven’t updated this blog in forever. I think it’s because I really have no niche so to say so I just kept putting it off because I’m fucking random so, the blog has been. Well, random or not, I’m back and shall continue with the randomness. *shrugs* Go with what you know right?
2015 was a weird and wild year for me. It was my first year in many during which I did not require surgery for my endometriosis (since 2007 I think I’ve had at least 6 surgeries for it, some twice in a year) so it was weird not having to plan downtime or sessions around my recovery. I outed a photographer on my other blog, Photo Stealers, and that was an adventure to say the least. My business was steady with sessions and weddings but overall it was down from the years prior. Luckily though, 2016 is on track to be the best year yet for my business. I traveled, of course, and found a new favorite destination in St. John. I took a few girls trips as well and I have decided that this needs to be a yearly thing. Overall 2015 was a good year but by New Years I was ready to say goodbye to it.
During my downtime this season I’ve thought about what to do with this blog. To nuke it? To totally change it up and go forth with a niche? There’s so many things I want to write about. My endometriosis journey. My travel and places that I love. BOOKS! My subscription box addition (I’ve unsubscribed to almost all but PopSugar but I can’t quit it!). My undying love for all things bath related. So screw it, I’m going to just be me and write about ALL the things and screw the niche mindset that to be a blogger one must have a cultivated voice and message. It’s not like I’m ever going to be one of those people anyway – I’m not skinny enough nor do I have enough boots.
So, hi. If you’re reading this (which I do not know if people still are!) thank you for hanging with me!
PS: I’ve renamed my blog to something a bit more catchy since the old name was just something grabbed at will. Yes, I really do hate coffee but yes, I also do love Starbucks. The cream blended frappuccinos are the best thing ever.
What a whirlwind today has been.
13 years ago I still vividly recall the horror of watching the scenes unfold from Columbine. I don’t think I’ll ever forget watching the teenager climb/fall out of the window, bloodied, into rescuers arms below live on television. My Dad and I both couldn’t turn away and were shocked, shocked! at everything unfolding. While Colorado is worlds away from Ohio, my cousin lives in the town where Columbine is so it was a bit close to home. In the years since there has been other shootings and each of them strike a sad note but none have gripped me like Columbine did.
Today that changed when I woke up to find out that a gunman had opened fire and shot 5 students here in Ohio in nearby Chardon.
Words fail me.
It’s also been interesting to watch as things unfold online vs. only having the TV and chat rooms years ago. Now news is hitting Twitter long before it’s hitting local media or the national news. Some is wrong but today, much has been correct long before the media outlets could verify. However, people are also making quick and fast assumptions. The shooter was bullied. Homeschooling is the answer. Guns should be banned completely. The shooter was living a goth lifestyle and that’s what happens from those kids. I am curious what the “real story” will be as time unfolds.
The bullying angle often infuriates me. YES, bullying is awful and shouldn’t EVER happen but you know what? It happens. I think my friend’s son said it best on Facebook, “I don’t care if you’re bullied you never take it to the point of taking anyones life or even your own, you tell an adult and avoid the situation.” I couldn’t say it better myself and this is a kid that is a Junior in a High School very near to Chardon. I hope that more kids take his advice and avoid the situation and/or tell an adult. Bullying sucks but violence isn’t the answer.
The one thing that was the answer today though was preparedness. Due to the drills that Chardon had in place they immediately were able to go into lockdown and get things rolling to minimize the impact of the shooter. No one knows for sure but it sounds like he had more killings planned that did not take place. Much of this is indeed thanks to the drills in place at the High School and the response time from the police and other emergency personnel. Thanks to Columbine, today’s disaster was minimized as much as possible. Hopefully from today’s tragedy, a future attack is even further minimized or hopefully eliminated.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family and victims of today’s senseless tragedy in Chardon. Give your loved ones an extra hug tonight, even if it has to be a virtual one.