Is it just me, or do you ever wonder about the meaning behind the name of a blog? I mean sure, you could guess the literal meaning, but I always wonder if there's a story or an inside joke or something behind it. So... it's my turn to share!
Balance in Bridgetown. What could it mean? What's in a name? Well.. quite literally, it's about finding balance in this town of bridges, or ya know, Portland. But for me, it's about taking the time and making space for myself - prioritizing what I want, enjoying what I have.
Not many people know this - or maybe may do, I don't know - but sometimes I have a health condition that flares up called Hereditary Angioedema. It's not super serious, it's not deathly, but it's something that's definitely impacted how I live my day to day life. When you grow up with a health thing that flares up randomly and unaccountably, you learn to make the most of the time you have and take the low days as they come.
Normally, that worked really well for me. But this past year, while I had an amazing year full of career awesomeness and amazing travels, it also caught up with me. I was sick A LOT, I was exhausted all the time and I was constantly focusing on the next thing. And frankly, when I was looking back at how my 2017 went, there were some big gaps in what I did and didn't remember from just a few months prior. And that's when I decided that that's not a life worth living - constantly going through the motions, just to get to to the next thing.
So I'm taking 2018 as an opportunity to slow down, find balance and enjoy what's right in front of me. Don't get me wrong, I'll still be getting on those jet planes, but I'm also going to enjoy what's just down the street. I think it's finally time to recommit to my hometown, spend some quality time with my puppers and drink some damn good coffee with my better half. It's time to find balance, in Bridgetown.
P.s. Can we all agree that that last line I wrote, that up there, is totally what you would expect as a last line in an episodic team drama like Dance Academy or Dawson's Creek? It probably was inspired as I'm currently watching Dance Academy as I write this...