Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far. So, January 14th is my birthday and this year, I turned 26.
When I was younger, I used to make such a big deal about my birthday. I’d get all excited every time it came around to the point where I’d tell other people it was my birthday just so someone would wish me a wonderful day.
Well this year has been a little different for me. For once, I was more relaxed about it being my birthday and not making as much of a big deal about it. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve come to the realization that it’s not something I need to make such a fuss over. That if someone wants to wish me well, they will and if they don’t then on well.
Either way, this year I felt calm about it being my birthday and just took the moment to enjoy the day no matter what happened. I was at work all day and it was busy because of payroll being due for me to turn in so it came and went quickly.
While I’m another year older, I don’t feel that much different than any of the days before. I feel like just the same person that I’ve always been and that not too much has really changed. But at the same time, I feel happy with where I’m at in my life and that there have been some changes that I’m proud of.
For starters, I’ve acquired a new job that’ll put me in the right direction in life. Not to say working in food service isn’t a noble thing, it just isn’t where I picture myself working for the rest of my life. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of this job because I originally wasn’t doing well at it my first couple weeks. But now, I feel like I’ve gained my ground and am starting to adjust to my job responsibilities and handling whatever tasks get thrown at me. If anything, I find I’m busier now than when I started out due to us hiring more employees and being given more responsibilities by my boss. I see this as a positive thing because I believe they wouldn’t give me more work if they weren’t happy with the way I’ve been handling things. While I don’t know where this work experience will get me in life, I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity and to get the experience.
I’m also thankful/happy because I have a poem published in an anthology. I know I’ve already talked about this quite a bit, so I probably won’t say too much else about it, but I’m still excited that a poem I’ve written is physically in a book that people can buy and read. One of my dreams is to one day be an author who writes her own stories and gets published. And I feel like with the anthology, I’ve accomplished my dream of being an author even if it’s just having one poem I’ve written getting published. While I hope that’s not the only piece of writing of mine that’ll be read, I still want to continue pursuing that dream and having more of my voice going out into the world. I know my blog here on WordPress also helps me accomplish some of my writing goals so I’m extremely thankful for that too.
All of this I accomplished when I was 25. So, I can’t wait to see what 26 has in store for me. Hopefully it’s as wonderful as being 25. I’m hopeful that it could be another great age but will wait and see what life has in store for me.
January 16, 2019 at 9:26 am
Hey, lovely b-day, dearie! Two days late, but eh, who’s a stickler for dates? 😀
January 16, 2019 at 7:47 pm
Thank you very much! I really don’t mind at all. I used to care about that type of thing when I was younger, but not anymore.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:01 am
Wish you a very happy bday Raney – you literally start the new year every year in January! 🙂
Yay for the work front- it sounds you are settling in very well.
And another Yay for the poem being published – this is just the beginning and I see bigger better things for you in the writing world.
Stay blessed and happy!
January 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm
Thank you very much Shalz for the well wishes. I really do appreciate it! I hope your doing well too and that January has been a good start to this year for you so far.
January 18, 2019 at 9:31 am
New jobs are always thought at first but glad to hear is going better now 🙂 being given more responsibilities is usually a positive thing (just be careful not to get burnout!) ! So yay for this opportunity! and hey we can’t never talk enough about you been published! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you either!
January 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm
Thank you very much! I’m excited to see what 2019 is going to be like as well. So far its been pretty good for me, but will see if it’ll continue that way or not.
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January 22, 2019 at 7:02 pm
Happy, happy (belated) birthday, Raney!! 😀 I’m glad 25 was a good year in life for you overall (always some bad parts, but hey… we wouldn’t be who we are today without them). I sincerely wish you a brilliant and wonderful year of being 26. I totally understand the feeling of those little writing accomplishments!! Even just posting to a blog is more than a lot of folks end up doing — and it’s enough to feel good about what you’re putting out, even if just for yourself. It’s a casual kind of authorhood, and having a published poem makes it that much more official! 😉 Congrats, that’s awesome.
(I’m afraid it’s been ages since I’ve visited anybody’s blog, though — missed out on so much! What poem did you get published?)
I also started a new job this year; so much excitement and terror that always holds!
Best wishes to you in 2019!
January 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Thank you very much Eve! The poem I got published is in an anthology, which you can get on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Will-Not-Silenced-Experience-Harassment-ebook/dp/B07KXCTVX7/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548206763&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=we+will+not+be+silenced+poetry
It’s an anthology with stories about sexual harassment and sexual assault and the proceeds of buying a copy go to helping survivors. The poem I have in the anthology is called “If ‘Boys Will Be Boys,’ Then Girls Are Allowed to Be Angry.” I’m still in awe that it’s been published.
Congrats on your new job and hope you’re having a good 2019 too!
February 16, 2019 at 11:00 am
Oh Raney,just seen this.Been away from blogosphere.Happy belated birthday.I hope your 26th year will be wonderful.Have a great year ahead ❤
February 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm
Thank you very much Diana, I really appreciate it! The year started off good, but it’s taken a turn for the worse for me in my personal life right now.