The End Of An Era

Two years ago, I was a different person. I just turned 17, and it was the summer before my senior year of high school. My biggest worry was if I was going to straighten my hair or not that day. I spent more time at the movies than at home. Besides taking summer classes, I was free all summer. So I started a blog. I cooked a couple of times a week and saw a lot of movies, so I thought I might as well write about it. After years of being deathly afraid of showing people anything I ever wrote, I gained confidence through student journalism to release my stuff on the Internet. For about three months I did this. I’d have someone read through it when I was done; then I’d post it. It wasn’t until I got feedback from people that I learned that the person that was reading it every week was in fact not even opening the file.

 

It all changed when I started having my best friend Amanda, aka the grammar queen of the Midwest, edit them when I was done with them. Besides making me look good online, it kind of helped her find something that she is thinking about making a career out of.

 

So for a year, that worked for the two of us. Every week I’d write a post and send it to her. In December of 2016, I bought the domain gtolley.com and started putting more effort into this website.

 

Last summer, I decided since I was again taking summer classes and Amanda was getting a job that I would reduce to only posting twice a month and release weekly recipes. We were both moving on to college, and we both needed to focus on our studies.

 

As this year progressed, I’ve gotten more involved on campus. Through my school, I’ve met some really great friends and really got into different clubs at school. All of my close friends go to a different local college, and all have jobs that keep them busy. We still saw each other every week, so it’s not like we never saw each other.

 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that just like this blog, I’ve changed a lot in the past year. I’m not the same girl I was back then. Right now, I’m just going to focus on me.

 

I was able to graduate high school with enough college credits to have me enter college as a sophomore. Which means per credit hour, I’m a sophomore in college. (I guess since my last day was on Friday, I’m officially a junior now). I have long-term goals involving my education. I’m hoping if everything works out that in eight years I’ll have a Ph.D. in Anthropology. In the future, I’d like to be teaching at a school or working at a museum. This summer I have an internship at an art museum and got a pretty good job working at another museum.

 

One of my philosophies is that if I’m not going to give something my all, I shouldn’t do it. I’ve been slacking off on posts in the past months, and I’m not emotionally driven anymore to write. I didn’t plan on doing this forever. While writing these posts, I felt like this was more of a chore than a hobby. A lot of people in my life believe I’m a quitter because I get bored of hobbies very quickly. Maybe I’ve kept up this blog this long to prove to someone that I could be dedicated to something. I have nothing to prove to anyone, except myself. For some like me that jumps from activity to activity, two years is a long time.

 

I’m not 100% done with writing. From now on my stuff will be more academic based and will be posted in an online journal rather than on a blog. I’m moving back in with my parents this year, and I plan on doing a lot of cooking. I’m trying to get my friends to start a food prep group, but it’s still up in the air.

 

So that’s it. This website will still be live until the end of the year when my domain is up for renewal. Right now, it’s time for me to be serious about my education and schooling. There isn’t much more to say than thank you to anyone who has read my blog.

 

If I’m going to say anything else, it would just be to try something new. You might find something you really like. I certainly did.

 

Sincerely,

Gracie Tolley

 

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