I can’t believe I’m writing this post. To be honest, I wrote it about 4 months ago.
In January of 2010 I started this blog. And today, I’m saying goodbye.
This a decision I didn’t make lightly. I found myself going back and forth a million times. Lists of pros and cons. How could I POSSIBLY not have GML as part of my life? How could I let my readers down? Will people think I’m being a quitter? Who am I, if not for the “girl” behind Girl Meets Life?
While I’ve got some reasons below (mostly because I’m a verbal processor / feel like I need to give at least some sort of explanation), the truth is that this decision is one made mostly based on my gut. I can’t explain why, but this is something I just know I have to do. And when I get that feeling, I know I have to go with it. You’ve probably noticed I’ve been less than active on GML over the past few months, so I don’t think this should be the biggest shock.
If you’ve been a long time reader of GML, you’ve seen me go through quite the journey. From being a naive college grad who barely knew a thing about her identity, to moving to NYC, making a life for myself here, and essentially becoming the woman I am today.
I can honestly say I would not be who I am today if it were not for GML. This blog taught me how to express myself. It challenged me to dig deep into who I am and what I want my life to look like. It dug up some not-so-pretty things I knew I wanted to change about myself, and helped me embrace things that I once tried to hide.
Most importantly, GML has been a way to share my voice and form relationships with women all over the globe – women I may never see face to face, but will always have a special place in my heart. I cannot even begin to thank each and every one of you for the comments, emails, and kind words you’ve left me over the years. You have truly impacted my life more than you know.
You may be wondering the why behind this decision, and there are a few reasons. For the most part, I’m just ready to move on to new things. A new season. GML has been an amazing chapter in my life, but in many ways I just feel like I’ve grown out of it.
GML just doesn’t get me fired up like it used to. It has started to feel like more of a chore, and I realized that I owe you all more than keeping it alive with subpar posts just for the sake of keeping it alive. When I discovered that other things started giving me that fired up/passionate feeling, I realized that it wasn’t just another phase. I thought about just keeping GML alive and posting here and there when I felt like it, but honestly it kills me to be that half-assed about it. That wouldn’t be doing justice to what I’ve built + been so passionate about for so many years. I’d much rather take some time off and see if the passion comes back in time.
I hate to be that person who leaves an annoying little caveat, but the truth is that I may come back to GML one of these days. I believe I’m entering into a new season of life – one that doesn’t include GML – but I could see myself needing/wanting the platform again in the future. I guess we’ll see.
So…what now? That’s a question I don’t fully know the answer to, and that really excites me. I’ll be pouring myself into my job and other projects I’ve been working on.
Once again, I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am for these amazing years getting to share my life with you and getting to know you. I love you all and hope we can stay in touch!