Somehow, I missed the anniversary date of when I started A Joyful Process. I knew it was sometime in November, but I wasn’t sure of the exact date. The anniversary was actually last week (November 14). I thought that WordPress would send a notification letting me know I had been blogging under this name for a year, but no. The lack of notification may have been due to the fact that I’ve been blogging under three different names at WordPress for over seven years now, so maybe the date wasn’t deemed as significant. At any rate, a belated happy anniversary to me, here at AJP.
There is another important anniversary on the calendar for the month of November, but I don’t think I’ll miss this one. It was a year ago on Thanksgiving Day that I moved into my apartment. The year has seemingly gone by in a flash. I still remember waking up on Thanksgiving morning with a friend of mine when we moved most of the furniture from my old home to my new one. After dinner with my family, my friend and I came back to finish putting things together so that I could spend the night in the new place.
The move represented a fresh start for me. It had been a rocky few months for me personally; still coming to grips with the dissolution of my marriage, the reduction in household income, and the eventual loss of my home. Slowly, but surely, as I grew more accustomed to my surroundings, and my situation, my friends and family picked me up. Now, even though things are hardly perfect in my life, and I have a few more hurdles to climb, I feel that I am in a good place; ready to face whatever may come in the days, weeks and months ahead.
One thing I did do before I moved was create this blog. This blog was the one where I felt I would finally do what I’ve always wanted to do on this platform: write about what I wanted, whenever I wanted. As it happens, that was the goal for the other blogs when I started; but through circumstances, turned into something else completely. The first blog morphed into a sports blog once people noticed my writing about the Ravens and Orioles; the second morphed into a graveyard when I stopped writing there after a year—plus, with a change of address, even the title of the blog had become obsolete.
Writing here has also played a part in my turnaround. And when I recently had some struggles where I didn’t know if I even wanted to write anymore, I received some encouragement from a Facebook friend that I keep in my mind every time I sit down to write a post. It is that piece of inspiration that allows me to keep writing, even if it’s not the greatest thing ever written. Writing here is the joyful process; hell, writing period is the joyful process.
Here’s to anniversaries celebrated—even if they aren’t noticed or on the correct dates. Here’s to anniversaries of things that moved me forward, and hopefully, keep me moving forward.