Hello! If you're new here and you want to know what this space is about and why I have such a huge archive of my writing, read this post.
It's been 4 years since I wrote it, but the goal for this blog really hasn't changed. I'm here to write, mostly for myself, but also for you to get to know me, what I'm about, and what's on my mind.
If we're complete strangers, here's a little background on who I am as a person. Since making that post I've met my current partner after working incredibly hard on myself, my dog has turned 10 (!!!), I'm working on my relationship with my mother (she's moved back to Australia for the first time in 17 years), I'm making a humble living in design, I've discovered my love for comics and visual storytelling again, I'm still making zines and selling things at markets, I knit and darn and I get to help people start their businesses and, really, I'm really growing into the person that I think I was meant to be all those years ago.
I don't know if I can emphasise how difficult the journey has been to get to this point. I'm really proud of myself, but I haven't given myself the space and time to genuinely reflect on all these things that have happened... so I'm back to write it all down.
While I was gone, this blog turned 10 years old. Double digits! I couldn't have imagined where I'd be now when I started this blog all those years ago, depressed out of my mind and needing some place online to collect my thoughts.
I'm not much for anniversaries because there never used to be people around me to really celebrate them, but I have people now. It took 10 years of realising the problem(s - there's always more than 1 problem in the end), accepting the problems, trying to solve the problems on my own, realising I needed help desperately, and then finding the help I needed.
10 whole years. I didn't think I had another 10 years in me when I first started writing here. I'm freshly 29 years old, and can't even imagine how much more I'll change in the next 10 years. The last time I wrote about my life in hindsight I still couldn't see more than 2 years ahead, and I think I can see up to 5 now. Perhaps in another 10 years I'll have some idea what the 10 years after that might look like. Something to look forward to!
I have so much to tell you. A lot has happened. But for now, I've got a zine fair to prepare for and go to.
See you soon! Annie