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At some point in our lives we’ll stop counting anniversaries and birthdays. The excruciating days will blend into weeks and morph into months that create distant memories that we tally off into years. Life will continue to evolve and as we pull over to the side of the road and utter, breathlessly, “How did we get here?” a car’s horn will blow or our pocket will buzz with a casual SMS from a distant friend, pulling us away from all memories and back what’s here and what’s now.

For the past is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and all words are cast in clichés and prose.

stormtropper birthday balloon photo by kristina alexander

Four years ago this week, I stayed up way-too-late writing my first ever blog post and hitting publish.

Launching this blog was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It gave me a place to establish my voice and my personal brand, a platform to launch multiple speaking engagements, and been the link to a number of jobs (yes, the kind that comes with money).

It has also given me many late night sessions, freaking out about how to explain what the chaos I do here. It has given me endless amounts of jealousy towards all of the fashion and food bloggers in the world who can synthesize exactly what they write about in once smooth, succinct sentence. A luxury that I do not have, should not have here, and yet always want. (Sigh.)

This blog has given me friendships and access to some of the most inspiring people that I know. It has given me a place to tell the stories that I was born to tell and an outlet to let my creativity travel in a direction that I never knew was possible.

And it gave me the opportunity to come out as the person that I’ve been my entire life.

And where will it take me and where will I take it? Only the next chapter will tell.

Happy fourth birthday, lamiki! Thank you for joining me for the ride.

photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin cc

Writing Prompt: Write about Writing

This year for National Blog Posting Month, I’m writing prompts for a small group of bloggers. Here’s tomorrow’s prompt, and here’s the list of all NaBloPoMo prompts before this.

Yay!

Prompt #28 (Nov 30)

You made it! Congratulations! Today, reflect on your NaBloPoMo goals and what you learned this month. Write about writing.

What they learned:

Writing Prompt: Community

This year for National Blog Posting Month, I’m writing prompts for a small group of bloggers. Here’s tomorrow’s prompt, and here’s the list of all NaBloPoMo prompts before this.

Community Building

Prompt #27 (Nov 29)

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a community to raise a person. These communities can get a traditional community and also a specific group of friends. What is one community that has helped you grow?

Meet these writers’ village:

Writing Prompt: Thankful for

This year for National Blog Posting Month, I’m writing prompts for a small group of bloggers. Here’s tomorrow’s prompt, and here’s the list of all NaBloPoMo prompts before this.

homemade apple pie and a glass of red wine

Prompt #26 (Nov 28)

What are you thankful for?

These bloggers are thankful for:

Writing Prompt: Anticipation

This year for National Blog Posting Month, I’m writing prompts for a small group of bloggers. Here’s tomorrow’s prompt, and here’s the list of all NaBloPoMo prompts before this.

anticipation

Prompt #25 (Nov 27)

The eve before Thanksgiving is kind of like Christmas Eve for me because it signifies the start of the holiday season. I love the feeling excitement and anticipation that’ll come the next day and how hard it is to calm down to go to sleep.

Tell me a story about a night when you couldn’t contain your anticipation and you were excited beyond belief, almost like how you feel on Christmas Eve…

On holiday-eve, this happened:

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