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Welcome to My Blog

In attempts to be casual and “myself”, I’ve spiraled into overthinking. This has always been my problem, especially when it comes to writing. I want everything to have meaning and be perfect — word choices and compositions, context, subtext, titles. Titles are the worst. How do you sum up everything you want to accomplish or convey in a few words? The addition of a tagline is helpful. Title too ambiguous? Add a witty line of text beneath it to make the wordplay in your title make sense.

I’m trying to name my blog.

I picked the URL because I want this blog to be associated with who I am, what I think, and the words I choose to share. The URL is intentional. (The URL is also what I use for everything personal because I have a lot of feelings about my name: social media, email, usernames for whatever random websites.) But what about the title? It feels like, instead of titling my novel or poem, I’m titling my life or my presence. And that feels substantial. Final. (Which we know scares the shit out of me.)

To brainstorm, I’ve been handwriting a bunch of things that I like, including “buzz words” and things and places. I’ve also been looking through others’ blogs for inspiration, to see what they’ve chosen and how that works with what they’re writing about. I’ve found word play, iterations of “Sincerely, Someone” and “Adventures with Someone Else” and “Keeping up with Another Someone” (Keeping up with Kaiya? No, I’m not a Kardashian); I’ve found business blogs and beauty blogs and fitness blogs and food blogs. I want my blog to be a little bit of everything because I’m interested in so many things. And I want it to be about me because I think I have some things to say that others might want to hear.

When I started this post this morning, I worked myself into a headache trying to piece together this puzzle. I came back from lunch, crossed off a bunch of the ideas (words or phrases) I’d had for blog titles, and focused on the one (of only a few left) that stuck out to me the most.

“Adventure” is one of my favorite words. Adventures are important. Adventuring–the whole process from planning to regrouping a month later when you’ve remembered what “real life” is — adventuring is the best. And you know where I do some of my best adventuring? At home on my couch or in my bed — usually the latter in the ages it takes me to fall asleep. When my mind isn’t full of purchase orders and different types of paper (hello, advertising job!), it’s busy thinking about everything else.

My partner and my cat. The household chores I’ve put off. Budgeting. How badly I want to get rid of half of my belongings because I feel cluttered. The tendrils of creative project ideas that dip into my consciousness and flicker away when I’m too busy worrying. That time my partner and I drove through Wales using an atlas (I know, guys, I know, how millennial-trying-to-be-hip), or got lost on a dirt track in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or drove to Scotland listening to John Mayer’s entire discography, or sat in the French Quarter of New Orleans listening to a street saxophonist playing beneath a streetlamp.

My mind wanders when things are quiet.

Sometimes my favorite moments take place in the comfort of my home, and those are the best because they’re part of the biggest adventure. [Cue moving, clichΓ© quote about life being the greatest adventure.] I’ve waited a long time to feel this stable and settled and calm and okay. And I think I’d like to tell you about it all — where I was and where I am now.

10 thoughts on “Welcome to My Blog”

  1. I still don’t know what to name my blog haha and I’ve been on here a month now haha. Mine just seems so LONG. And as for my URL, well I think it’s clear that that’s not a keeper haha πŸ˜… you’ve come up with a perfect name!

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    1. Haha, it’s so hard! But I felt like I couldn’t really dive in until I had a name picked out. My url is just my name, and the title (as much as I love it) can change later if necessary. πŸ™‚ And I like your title! It is long, but that’s okay. πŸ™‚ x

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  2. At least I know it’s not only me who thinks about everything under the sun when my mind wanders – usually when I’m supposed to be doing something important…like sleeping πŸ™‚ Don’t fear – I’m a Gryffindor, which kind of means I’ll scoop the spiders up with a cup and take them outside rather than panicking, but I’m also deathly afraid of finality – talking about college majors, tests, anything sends my mind into a tizzy…. which is probably a bad thing. I love what you’ve done with the blog (I read backwards down your home page instead of from oldest to newest) and I am jealous of your pretty photos!
    All the best, Kaiya!
    -Little Lion

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    1. Ahh, Little Lion, you’re so kind! I’ll be checking out your blog soon, too. I like your title already! πŸ™‚

      Finality is daunting, especially when it comes to the education system. Every choice seems to be monumental. (Which electives do I take? What if I hate them? Is it too late to start art classes? Do I actually like math or am I just understanding this section?) But it’s okay! Because, really, it will all work out. I always reminded myself of two things:

      1.) One day at a time. If you made it through today, you can make it through tomorrow. That day that seemed like the worst in your life? You made it through that, so surely this day isn’t as bad.

      2.) While education is important, it isn’t The Most Important. You are the first priority. Your health, mental and physical, trump education. If you’re stressing yourself out over a class to the point where it is negatively affecting your health, take a break and distance yourself.

      … This turned into a rant/ramble, I’m sorry! All of that to say “Stay in school, but it’ll be okay!” Thank you again for your kind words. ❀

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    2. Haha no need to be sorry! I find when people “rant/ramble,” you really get into a good conversation πŸ˜‰ Thanks! It came out of the blue to the two of us, and we instantly decided it was what we were gonna go with, no revisions necessary πŸ˜‰
      I am certainly feeling the monumental bit – college apps and scholarships are closing in… ; Thanks for the advice – I’d never considered dropping school as I’m not one of those kind of people, but it’s nice to have an affirmation not to! If that made sense… πŸ˜‰
      Countdown to graduation starting… Now!
      All the best, Kaiya!
      -Little Lion 🦁

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  3. Picking a blog title is definitely overwhelming. I had a TIME trying to decide on mine, haha. But yours is great! And your blog really seems to be off to a wonderful start. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! You’re my first comment! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• I’m loving the community so far. It has been surprisingly easy to get involved on others’ blogs.

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    2. Oh yea, WordPress community is absolutely phenomenal, we’re all writers, so we build!!! And it’s great to be around builders! I read your “fears” post as well, and I assure you, there are no spiders on wordpress, so it’s a win win!πŸ•·πŸ•· whups… i mean’t ❀❀❀

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