On my absence…

Obviously, I haven’t been around this little place much lately. One big life thing happened while I was gone — I’m a grad now — but putting together the next steps has not been the easiest ride. The good news is, I have a dream! The harder news is now I have to work toward it.

I’ve written about it a little bit here before, but in case you’ve forgotten or are just getting to know me (hello to anyone new out there!) here is my dream: I want to report for NPR and use that opportunity to tell people’s (read your) stories. Especially those most people don’t know about, the stories that shape you in the deepest ways.

I fell in love with the written word a long time ago. Fun fact: on one of those in service days when I didn’t have to go to elementary school I once read an entire Louis Sachar book, and it was one of my favorite accomplishments. Although I could still spend a whole day with my nose stuck in a book, a new love has blossomed in my life. And that would be audio.

I love the way someone’s voice can show you so much about themselves. Where they’re from. The hardships they’ve endured. The joys they’ve experienced. And those little noises in the background of your life you probably don’t even notice anymore, those are pretty great too. Bits of noise — or the music of life if you’re a little bit on the romantic side like me — can enhance a story so much. They provide detail that shows what a day in your shoes looks like but only just enough. Unlike a photograph (which I love too! You know I spend way too much time browsing facebook albums and instagram feeds catching up on what all my pals are up to.), audio lets you use some imagination. You almost understand exactly what someone else’s environment is like, but you have some wiggle room to make up the nitty-gritty details yourself.

So with this new love of mine in mind, this blog might slowly start to look a little different. I have a tiny seed of an idea planted in my head for a future project. I’m hoping it germinates so I can share it with you at a later (but let’s hope sooner) date.

But for now, since I didn’t think to catch any audio of my own graduation, I’ll leave you with another photo of the momentous event. I know it was more than a month ago, but later is better than never, right?

Til then!


5 thoughts on “On my absence…

  1. You are an amazing young woman, Whitney! I can see why your Mom and Dad are bursting at the seams with loving pride for their beautiful (in a gazillion ways) daughter! I can’t wait to see this ‘seed’ that has been planted in your head and heart (no doubt by Papa God), germinate and produce fruit!!! (You can count me as one of the fans in your fan-club, BTW!)

    • Thanks Courtney! It is both exhilarating and terrifying to try to do what you dream to do.

      PS: Your blog is so precious. Becoming one of my favs.

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