Three years ago I started writing this blog, and at the time it existed for a different purpose, and was curated by a different person. A lot has changed. My ambitions at the time were travelling and writing, and not a whole lot else in between. As a member of the most egotistical generation yet, I had a notion of my self and what I wanted and needed and wished for, and anyone other than myself was back-burner. (Of course I couldn’t see all this at the time.) I had just graduated with an undergraduate degree in philosophy (of all things!), moved across the country, and was teaching 2nd grade at a crummy school in New Hampshire.
Today I am a 3rd grade teacher in Florida. I still want to travel and to write, but I am also actively saving up to get married and beginning to make tentative plans with buzzwords such as “settling down” and “buying land” thrown into the mix. My ambitions are no longer just about me, but about the family I want to have one day.
I still go by Tessa and I still have a stilted way of writing the posts I manage to sneak in every couple of months. I still think that messing with gullible kids is hilarious, and that serving people is the best calling out there, however you manage to do it. I still want to walk the streets of Italy and Germany and Greece, and I still want to do mission work. I haven’t stopped making corny jokes or griping about mini existential midlife crises far in advance of due. I still aspire to be a great storyteller, a tasteful photographer, and in some way, a writer. And I will never cease to have an endless curiosity. Thankfully, I don’t see any of those things ever changing. But the trajectory has changed, the author has changed, and so the blog has changed.
Hopefully it’s still a place you like to visit, laugh a little, and continue about your life. I sure do.