#10YearChallenge

I’m a sucker for a good challenge, and also perhaps a little vain. #10YearChallenge

If you haven’t heard of the #10YearChallenge circulating social media, let alone participated in it, you’re perhaps living under a rock. If that’s the case, I forgive you and will tell you that the challenge consists of finding a photo of yourself from 10 years ago and comparing it to a selfie today. (Because let’s face it, 10 years ago holding a camera out at arm’s length & hoping you got a good shot wasn’t called a selfie.)

I jumped on board and did the photo challenge on Instagram, but the other day I was kindly reminded by my Facebook memories that 10 years ago I had also started a blog! I’m not entirely sure if I had ever shared the reason why I started blogging, so I thought I’d start up the #10YearBloggingChallenge.

Ten years ago I was in my final semester of journalism school(!), and for my online journalism class we were given a list of projects would could start for marks. One was a blog, there were no real restrictions as to what it had to be about, so as a result, Kara’s View was created! The URL has been expired for quite some time, but if I recall I blogged about issues on campus, borrowing from the articles I wrote for the student newspaper.

After the course finished, the blog died and I figured that was the end of it, until the summer of 2009 when I started a new blog and slowly starting writing again. I’m not 100% sure what inspired me to start up again (according to my first post I wasn’t feeling it at all), but I do recall that I was perhaps inspired by my job since I wrote a weekly column. I named the blog Chatter and according to the hold header I found in the archives, it was a little random:

I think at one point I changed the tagline to “A Bit of Everything and a lot of Nothing,” but really, that’s all the blog was until bigger life events started happening. (Marriage, babies, etc.) Then in 2014 I “rebranded” again and ta-da, She Writes Words was born! While my post frequency has really died down over the past few months, I still find a lot of pleasure in blogging/writing, even if it is just a life update. I think it’s mainly because I know that somewhere out there, someone is sharing the same experiences as I am and can relate to what I’m going through – or at least that’s what I feel when I read other blogs – so I’m happy to keep plugging along here.

Will I be around in another 10 years? It’s really hard to say since life throws so many different things your way, but I’m happy that a lot of you have stuck around for so long.

Where were you 10 years ago, blogging or in general?
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What I’m Reading: Dark Places

From the book jacket:
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

My review:
Well then, this book was a little intense compared to the silly, light, & refreshing book I reread right before diving into this one!

I decided to pick up Dark Places as I really enjoyed Gone Girl. (Which I apparently read way back in 2013!) I was in the “mood” for something a little darker, and this definitely filled that request.

Dark Places takes you back and forth between the past and present, going between Patty and Ben before the murders happened, and Libby during the present day as she tries to figure out what actually happened. There ends up being a lot of finger pointing as to who may have killed the Days, and I thought I had figured out what had happened a couple of different times but alas, I was WAY wrong.

The characters were all well developed, but I would’ve liked to know more about Debbie and Michelle, and perhaps even Runner.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book, and I’ll give it ★★★★½ / 5. Maybe read it in the summer in the sunshine though, as it’s pretty heavy for a dreary winter read.

2019: Looking Ahead

We’re a whole week into 2019 and already I feel like it’s going by too fast! Now that we’re back to our regular schedule, I’ve finally been able to sit down and look at the year ahead of me. I generally don’t make resolutions, or goals for that matter, but I do have a few plans in store already for 2019, so I thought I set them in stone before life gets carried away on me.

Finish School

I’m on track to *hopefully* be done my Administrative Assistant program by the end of April, after which I have to complete a 3 week internship. (Ugh) I’m looking forward to the end but at the same time nervous about going back to work! I just hope I can find a job somewhere that will make all this hard work worth it – and childcare. I’ll cross that bridge if/when I get there so I don’t stress out too much about it.

Travel

Whenever I hear someone say that they want to travel more, I immediately think of grand vacations that involve ferry rides or airplanes. I don’t necessarily want to travel more in that regard, I hope to take more mini trips with my family, whether it’s just to visit relatives or to the lake for a day. I do have one “big” trip planned already for the summer when my mom and I head to Vancouver to visit my brother/see the Backstreet Boys in concert, so I suppose that’s a start!

Run

Last year was a pretty great starting year when it came to running for me. I could definitely improve on my pace, but I’m looking forward to another fun year of races regardless! I haven’t signed up for anything yet, and I’m more than certain that my goal of running a 1/2 marathon by the end of the year is a BIG one, but I’ll just see where my training takes me and go from there.

I’m also hoping to tackle my goal/dream of running along the Sea Wall this summer when my mom and I head to Vancouver, so fingers crossed that the weather cooperates.

New Dog

Umm, what?!

I knew after some time had passed since I said goodbye to Daphne that I’d want to bring another four-legged friend into the household, it was just a matter of time of when I felt ready.

Well, back in October I mentioned to Kyle that we should get a puppy, so we started pondering over what breed we’d like to have. It wasn’t a super hard decision – we knew we wanted a dog that was trainable but still great with other dogs and kids (obviously). We ultimately decided on a German Shepherd Dog, and after talking back and forth with a breeder, we’ll be bringing home a puppy at the end of February!

It’s going to be chaotic, I’m sure, as we haven’t had a “newborn” in the house since I first got Daphne over 14(!) years ago, but I’m so looking forward to it! Now if only we could decide on a name …

I think that’s about all see coming at us for the time being – I know it’s still going to be a busy year just with all the “regular” stuff we have going on right now. (Swimming lessons, dance, ninja school, regular school, etc.) Either way, I’m looking forward to what this year will bring for our household.

What plans do you have for 2019?