today marks my official 100th post to young alumni! it’s hard to believe the unexpected ways in which an idea can grow and develop.
since that fateful day in march when i pressed 'publish' for the first time, this site has daily surprised me by pulling forth ideas i never before would have imagined myself capable of. i’ve really enjoyed sharing my thoughts, crafts, cats, travels and overall life lessons as i stumble across them with all of you. that being said, i am still learning the ways of the road so to speak, still finding my voice. i want to not only strive to create a page that i can look at and feel proud of, but to also ensure that i am producing something that is worth the time to my readers.
i laughed to myself when i realized that it had been nearly 9 months since i created young alumni, because in many ways it has become my child. when i am busy as all get out (like i have been lately) i feel a twinge of guilt for any sort of neglect to posting. i’ve poured myself into young alumni with the hope of positive results and i hold it very close to my heart.
i’m reading “mans search for meaning,” right now and i’ve been devouring it because in so many ways it speaks precisely to the hurdle i sometimes feel myself suspended over. as a concentration camp survivor, author viktor frankl examines human suffering and concludes that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, but the discovery and pursuit of a meaningfully driven life.
“mental health is based on a certain degree of tension. the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become.”
i think that the greatest lesson that i have learned so far in this post-collegiate/pre-woman limbo is that i must always be actively searching for my own meaning. truly it is the times when i allow myself to ignore dissatisfaction with my current job, to let go of the basic values i live by to sate a difficult co-worker, or to forget to save time for personal creative joys like this blog, that i am at my lowest.
so, as my 100th post i wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support. i cannot believe that i have readers from over 10 countries! there is a silent encouragement in the numbers i see run up my analytics each day, and at this time i’d love to hear your voices!
as an opportunity to discover meaning in my work, i’d like to ask you all to take a moment to think on what you’ve most enjoyed about young alumni and what you’d like to see more of. hoping to see more craft posts? looking for more copy heavy posts or do you prefer the short and sweet? interested in what i’ve been doing around my apartment? want more link heavy posts filled with lovely internet finds? think you could use some more music? enjoying the introspective posts about what growing up means? please let me know! you can post them 1. here, 2. on my facebook fan page or 3. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in exchange i’d like to offer one of my fun handmade linen pinwheel brooches to one lucky reader. wear it as a fun holiday accessory or give it as a gift to a special lady in your life. all you have to do is comment through one of the 3 mentioned forums about your thoughts on young alumni and i will place your name into a pool to be selected next week. i love producing this site, and want to work to make it the best it can be, but i can’t do it without you!