For the last few months, this blog here has been pretty quiet, though I’ve tried to be an active reader and commenter so you all know I haven’t completely disappeared. It’s not for lack of wanting to or lack of inspiration. I could give you all the typical run around of being so busy and focused on other projects, but there’s just more to it than that. A while ago I decided, much like some of my favorite bloggers also seem to have done, to focus on living life rather than writing about it. And boy have I been living!
The end of September brought me back to the world of online dating. I gave myself two months to mourn my last relationship and put myself back out there. There have been nice guys and not so nice guys, but none that have stuck and I’m ok with that. I have a lot to offer and I will know love when I see or feel it. But I won’t stop trying.
October brought me an active month where I ran my first 5K with my good friends Karen and Gidget. Inspired by Rian and Bonnie, when I found out the Color Run was coming to my area, I was one of the first to sign up and start recruiting friends to join. It was an absolute colorful and messy blast and I will be signing up again next year now that the insides of my ears are no longer purple.
Family came together in November as I traveled to Louisiana to visit an ailing grandfather who has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was the first time I had been there since before my grandmother died thirteen years ago. I found that I could see the state—and my family—with new eyes and appreciated all that was to offer in the land of bayous and crawfish. Like drive-thru daiquiri shops. I’m not even kidding.
And now, December is here. The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite times of the entire year. I relish in sending out hand-written Christmas cards, delight in shopping for the perfect gifts, and savor the time spent with a beautiful tree lit in the corner, festive movies on the TV, and bits of ribbon and wrapping paper littering the floor.
This is the first year in a few years that I am actually home for the entire month rather than taking a pre-holidays vacation and I just have more Christmas spirit than ever before. Though this year has not always been easy, it will have the most glorious ending and Christmas is just the cherry on top. Carols are stuck in my head. Every time I say I’m done with the shopping, I think of something else I want to buy someone. I just can’t help myself. I want to spread the joy however I can.
I lead a blessed life and I am so grateful for what I have, both material and non-material, though the non-material things (like my family, friends, Jake, happiness) mean so much more. Because of this, I find it important to give back where I can and spoil the ones I love even more. It’s just in my nature.
Allow me to take this opportunity to once again thank you all for your friendships and for sticking around Defining Wonderland even when I haven’t done the best job of posting regularly. I wish all the Wonderlings a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays. May they be filled with love, joy, and cheer.
And a lot of eggnog.