Hello and welcome to my blog! Although it’s still a work in progress at this point, feel free to look around and enjoy the scenery 🙂 With this initial blog post I’ll be talking a bit more about myself, why I decided to start a blog, and what I plan to do with it.
Before jumping into things, I wanted to first introduce myself a bit more. My name is Jessie, and I’m a single, 28-year-old African American girl living in southeast Idaho. I’m a bit of a nerd for certain things, and an introvert with extroverted moments: I enjoy living alone and having my own time and space, but also enjoy spending time with friends and experiencing new things. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m absolutely terrible at sarcasm: I either don’t get it or don’t know how to respond to it! My parents live in Kentucky, my younger sister is stationed overseas in Germany in the army, and I have two older half brothers and an older half sister that I didn’t grow up with. I have an MBA and work as a project manager in marketing research. A few of my hobbies are crossfit, going on the occasional adventure with friends, eating out, and traveling, although I don’t get to travel nearly as much as I’d like. Two of my favorite places are the Great Wall of China and Yellowstone National Park. It was so quiet and peaceful up on the Great Wall, and all the completely natural wonders in Yellowstone National Park just blew my mind. My next trip will be to visit my parents up in Kentucky at the end of this year, and I’m looking forward to it!
Moving on to why I decided to start a blog: there a many reasons. Prior to starting this blog I attempted to journal multiple times throughout my life: I loved the idea of having a journal/diary, and was always so excited to go pick out a pretty notebook, but never could seem to stick to it. I’d get busy or not set aside the time to write, and would avoid it altogether if in a bad mood. The longest I kept it up was for 2 straight weeks. I’ve now come to the realization that the reason I wasn’t successful was probably due to not really knowing how to journal, or why I was doing it: it just seemed like a cool, fun thing to do. Originally, I intended to use a blog as an outlet; I’m fresh out of a relationship and really only have one friend in town (my other friends live elsewhere throughout the US) so I thought I’d use this mainly for an outlet to help get through things. Turns out this blog will still be an outlet, but for personal growth, self reflection, and improvement. I recently began working on my self esteem and self-confidence and having a personal blog to reflect and share thoughts will go hand in hand with that kind of work. I struggle with being fully honest with myself and others about how I feel, and, in the past, have shied away from writing about difficult feelings, but this outlet will hopefully help me change that. In terms of maintaining this blog, I have more of a plan of action, and a “why” so it will be like the journal I could never keep while growing up.
Another reason I started this blog is to put myself out there, try to figure out what I’m passionate about, and to learn and apply marketing. For the past 4 or so months I feel like I’ve been internally vibrating due to not really feeling fulfilled. I’ve been applying for other positions, networking, looking for opportunities, researching things I’ve thought about, and really just been all over the place trying to figure out what I truly want to do. My last reason for starting a blog is simply to improve my writing. Ever since finishing my master’s degree and spending a lot of time on social media, my writing has gone way down hill, and I’ve thought for awhile about needing to improve it; writing on a weekly basis will be perfect for that.
The last topic I wanted to cover with this post is what I plan to do/where I will go with this blog, and the answer to that is really undefined at this point. It will definitely be a place for me to self reflect: most of what I write about will be things I did during the week, how I felt and why, things I struggle with, things I’m thankful for,and realizations I come to. Ultimately it will be a journey that I take into and with myself, but you are welcome to walk alongside me if you like 🙂 I’d appreciate any feedback on any of my posts!
Thanks for reading!