My last blog post was published on June 25, 2015. Since then, so much has changed.
I’ve completed my junior year of college. In that time, I covered Husker football for the Daily Nebraskan, worked for USA Today College, got a marketing internship with Iris Telehealth, listened to the police scanner (and did some other cool things) for the Lincoln Journal Star, was elected to VP-Membership of Kappa Delta, went to Honest Abe’s for the first time, experienced the beauty of the Virgin Islands, survived a year of long distance with my boyfriend, visited the magnificent world of Harry Potter at Universal studios (and cried), saw six different bands perform live, and learned a heck of a lot from my professors and peers — just to name a few things.
But what’s changed the most is the way I view life and treasure every moment and value every person.
In early January, my dad was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. And that makes every day a battle. It also makes every day precious.
My dad’s disease is terminal. That’s just the truth. And we celebrate every small milestone and miracle that comes our way because they’re blessings from God that make each day a little bit less hard. But I’m going to be honest: life hasn’t been simple since his diagnosis.
There have been a lot of tears. A lot of moments where I’m angry at God or confused about my faith or at a loss for how to move forward. And a lot of grace given by the incredible friends and family in my life.
So it’s time to blog again — because writing is therapeutic. Because writing helps me make sense of the world. Because I’d like to think that 2016 has given me some wisdom worth sharing. And because I want to.
Thanks for letting me take a nearly year-long hiatus and return to you. I’m excited to be back.