Good morning, book blogging world!
I want to first start off by apologizing for my almost five month hiatus. I had a lot of life changes thrown at me all at once, and I haven’t been able to juggle it all alongside my blog as well as I had hoped for. Things are finally calming down, so I wanted to give you all an update as well as my future plans for my blog.
The largest change I faced these past months was my job. I left my very first job at a retirement community that I had somehow managed to hang onto for six years, and began a completely new journey into the cannabis industry. Leaving my old job was draining to say the least. It was as if I had no clue what sort of hurricane I was walking into every day during my last three weeks there. Tensions were high (it’s a long, drama-filled story in which I was really just on the sidelines for), my emotions were strung tight, and I couldn’t tell if I was dreading or stoked for my last day.
I’d started that job half way through my last year of high school when I was only 18. I’d never known my own grandparents, so working around 150+ elderly residents every day was a challenge at first. I had no clue how to handle old people.
But as the years passed and as the residents watched me grow into the young woman I’m still learning to be, they started to become more than just people I needed to look after so I could get a paycheck twice a month. Carolyn never forgot my birthday, Clint always stopped by the desk to ask about my day, Ann and Doris never failed to open their arms for a hug when they saw me walking down the hallways.
Then one day after about four years, I was asked why I still worked there. I racked my brain for a few moments, trying to rid myself of the obvious answer: I need a paycheck if I want to eat and keep a roof over my head. Although true, I could find a job somewhere else and pay my bills that way. So why did I stay?
I loved my grandparents, and they loved me.
So, when my time came to leave (and it was obvious that it was my time to go), it was very hard on me. I didn’t want to leave these people that I’d grown so attached to in a span of six years, who watched me graduate high school, who watched as I went from a dining room busser to an administrative assistant, who watched as I changed from the quiet little girl who teared up if you looked at her wrong to a woman who refuses to let people walk all over her.
I didn’t leave on bad terms by any means. Fortunately, the option to go back and visit is still available to me. I am very thankful for that.
My new job, however, has opened up an entirely different world to me. I believe things happen for a reason. The circumstances of leaving my old job tossed me to where I am now, and if you would’ve asked me a year ago if I’d be working in the cannabis industry, I would’ve laughed…and laughed…and laughed.
But here I am! And I’m LOVING it!
I’ve been a recreational marijuana user for about a year and a half, and I thought I knew my stuff. Wrong.
Working in the industry has shown me that I know about .1% of everything there is to know about cannabis. Four months have flown by, and I’m still learning a ton of new stuff every day.
At some point in the future, I’ll make a post more about that, but for now, I’ll just get on to my plans for this blog.
I still want to make this a book blog. I don’t read enough, and I feel as though keeping up with this blog will also help me keep up with improving my reading habits. It’s also a fantastic way to meet other book lovers and get new recommendations.
My twitter (@emmybereading) will still be active!
The main change I want to make to my blog is incorporating my writing. Whether it be a weekly post with just some random idea that popped into my head, or prompts you guys want to give me (or that I find on reddit), I definitely do want to start getting my writing back to what it once was. And that, my friends, requires some practice.
Okay, so here’s the kicker: I want to bring in cannabis to my blog. I know a lot of people are still very wary of the plant, but in my own personal experience, I’ve seen the healing properties of it. I’ve witnessed it in myself and in others, and I want to educate people to show them that it isn’t some sort of street drug. It really does help with pain, anxiety, and sometimes just getting a clear head.
So, a weekly educational cannabis post may be in the future for this blog as well!
What thoughts do you all have on this? Any sort of feedback would be much appreciated! I do have other ideas for this blog, but they aren’t really anything I’m super attached to at this moment.
To wrap up this post, I just want to say thank you for those who still kept up with my blog and for all of you out there who have messaged me to check up! It truly warmed my heart when I realized just how much my absence was noticed.
You guys really are the best, and it’s great to be back.