“That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Creativity has always been in my DNA, and I’ve always had a thirst for inspiration and originality. Starting a blog has been a goal of mine for many moons, and finally after a few bumps in the road and defeating the mother of all beasts, procrastination, here we are. Deciding what to write about was a daunting task. Fashion has always been a passion of mine, but it didn’t feel soulful enough. I love cooking, but an entire blog about the five things I can make well didn’t seem to fit the bill either.
After moving to DC on Christmas Eve of 2017, I struggled a lot with finding my purpose in this new life I was creating. That’s when I began This Side of Thriving. This is a blog about all things life offers to those who seek out that feeling of not just surviving, but thriving. A literature major, and life-long lover of the written word, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise was the inspiration for the title. Meaning: we wait our entire lives to cross over into paradise. Sorry, Francis, but that’s too long of a wait for me. In search of paradise lost and all the magic and beauty life has to offer, see where life takes us on This Side of Thriving.