Though I will no longer be writing on Upstately, you can find out what’s NEW with my writing, my weird life and my incessant food pics at All Up In NY.
Upstately went live on my 29th birthday. Back in January 2013. Publishing my writing publicly for the first time seemed the most appropriate way to celebrate the start of my 30th year. I had finally stopped fighting a seemingly contradictory truth about myself.
I had been regarded as an introvert for most of my life. And I behaved accordingly. Only those closest to me knew otherwise. The fact is, I was born a rather rambunctious, outspoken extrovert. But after enough time outs and check marks after my name on the chalkboard in my formative years, I changed characters. For that and other more serious reasons, I did not feel safe to be myself. My stubbornness did not yield greater defiance; I chose instead to hide. In my room, in my small group of friends, in my own head.
Adulthood didn’t look much different. My 20s were devoted to 24/7 mothering. My life was spent in my home, in my small group of babies, in my own head, still. And I was comfortable and happy there. For stress relief and for pleasure, I wrote. But little by little, writing for myself began to feel just a little too introverted. The idea of a blog was brewing for some time before it began to feel inevitable.
Total isolation finally broke me. The North Country made me dig deep and let my freak flag fly. Don’t get me wrong. I was still enamored with motherhood. In fact I enjoyed my children more than ever as we hiked and homeschooled our days away in our upstate faerieland. This was not about a shift in career goals. I was ready to thrive as a whole person. As the introverted-extrovert I really am.
And write about it.
On the eve of my 32nd birthday, I find myself ready to move on. It’s not easy. Upstately has been a very special experience for me. A manifestation of my heart and mind. It has brought so much good into my life, beyond anything I hoped for when I began blogging.
Today I am in another place. A new city. A new way of life. And a new blog. My Albany adventures have inspired me to venture back into the blogosphere on my new site All Up In NY. I anticipate it being a little less poetic and a lot more Post-It Notesque. Fewer landscape shots, more screengrabs. One thing that hasn’t changed is my introverted-extrovertedness. So whether I am capable of “oversharing” remains to be seen. If you’d like to find out, I’m cool with creeping. For the most part.
And thank you for scheduling Upstately into your weekly reading the past few years. For your support and encouragement. Hope to see you around.