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 newly married [June 8th] and beginning to make tentative plans with buzzwords such as “settling down” and “starting a family” 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.