Let me stress that I never saw myself as a blogger. Since I wasn’t one to voice my thoughts and opinions openly, let alone my mistakes, failures, and anxieties, this just didn’t seem like the thing for me. But thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend, who assured me that blogger is free therapy, I began live. love. learn. breathe. and my only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner. Deciding on the title of the blog was a difficult task. At first I wanted something clever and cool, playing around with favorite lyrics, quotes, hobbies, and interests of mine. Nothing stuck; however, while being inspired by Eat. Pray. Love. and working to overcome my anxiety through the beauty of breathing I uncovered my title; a title that captures who I am, who I am becoming, and who I will be.
Simply put this blog is about my journey, and what a journey it has been thus far. One could argue that my journey began during my childhood and/or early adolescence, but I contribute my college days as the beginning as I embarked on life outside my hometown (in Pittsburgh, PA). I cannot even begin to tell you how much I’ve changed and grown since then. In facing one fear after another, I’ve become fearless. In overcoming obstacles, I have learned more about myself and my capabilities. And through new adventures, I have discovered how to breathe again. I truly believe that my challenges have led me to where I am today.
Live. Love. Learn. Breathe. Four simple words that describe my journey best. Once I identified my life as a journey, the stress and pain seemed to minimized. If only I’d seen it this way sooner. I mean looking back that’s exactly what it is; what it always has been. The scars are beauty marks. The pain gives me more strength. The heartbreak… just another learned lesson. It’s taken me a long time to get to seeing things the way I do now, but I’m glad I finally do. I still don’t have all the answers, and questions are always running around in my head.
And that my friends, is why I decided to blog. I’m not perfect nor do I try to be (anymore). I have a laundry list of flaw, but the desire to improve upon them all. The best way to do so is to reflect and learn from your mistakes. This blog is my way of doing so. live.love.learn.breathe is my life- filled with flaws, mistakes, and lessons learned. And this is me: a dreamer, a believer, a hopeless romantic, a cynic, a seeker, a chance taker, an observer…I am who I am.
Above all, I am a friend. A friend to many wonderful, amazing people whomake me strive to be a better person each and every day. On that note, if you ever find yourself needing an unbiased friend to help you through a rough patch, let firstname.lastname@example.org be that friend for you.
Life is a journey, not a destination; And when it gets stressful, remember to breathe…
Updated January 2012.