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I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Mine was merry and bright, as I got to spend it with my family, a few dozen books, and a big enough portion of schoolwork to keep me on my toes!

In case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to lately, the quick summary is that I got a teaching job in central Florida about 25 minutes away from Disney World, I now live next to a little swamp in Winter Haven, and I’ve been spending what little free time I have reading, running, crafting, and working on my photography skills. Of course, weekly Disney trips also help me keep my sanity!

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Highlights of my last half year or so include:

  • A trip to Coral Gables, FL, for a self-guided bike tour and a nature adventure
  • A weekend of bookish events in Manhattan
  • Countless Disney trips–my night at Mickey’s Halloween Party might top the list
  • Discovering Japanese Culture and an incredible wetlands in Delray Beach, FL
  • Settling down in Winter Haven and discovering the nearby nature
  • Going on morning walks¬†in Celebration, FL

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The new year crept up on me, and it’s somehow almost halfway through January and I haven’t even¬†given any thought to making a New Year’s Resolution, but with as much as I’ve been writing over the past few days, I think I would like to make that a habit over the coming months.

Too often, I have posted on here after a long absence with promises of a regular posting schedule, only to go several more weeks (or months) without writing another post.

So I’m not going to make promises that I have no idea if I’ll be able to keep, but I will say that my personal goal is to put out 1-2 posts every week or so.

I’ve realized that my biggest issue is that I’m terrified of telling a story that might not be completely finished. That was why it was so hard to write about anything that happened in Indonesia–I wanted to wait until I had the knowledge that a whole year of living there would give me before I recorded anything. In fact, that happened with several posts that I drafted in England that are still nestled, handwritten, in my journals. I have a lot of words that I’ve been terrified to share but that are slowly building up to the point where I feel like I absolutely have to share.

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Now that I’ve admitted why I have so much trouble publishing posts, I’m hoping I can combat that hesitation by being more proactive about sharing things right away. Instead of waiting for the perfect photo to complete an eventual story about the magic of a botanical garden nearby, I’ll post the best photos I took on the day that I went along with the story of that one day. If that makes any sense at all. I guess the important part is that I put that goal into practice.

So to simplify, I would like make sure that I get rid of my hesitation to share stories past and present.

We’ll see how things go!

Love, Elizabeth

What are your goals for this year? Share in the comments below!