After ending my 12 year volleyball career, 4 of those years in which I played at TCU, I struggled a bit finding a new identity. While I never felt like I was defined by volleyball, it took up about 40 hours of my week. When people asked my hobbies or what I do with my free time, my answer for the last 12 years was “volleyball.” So once that was gone, I didn’t really know where I wanted to dedicate my time anymore.
After about a month into volleyball retirement, I found a passion for writing. Not only does writing act as an outlet for me when I’m upset, but it is something I can get lost in for hours. I love spilling my thoughts onto a word document as soon as they come to me, and then reviewing and editing them until they sound coherent. I’ve even been known to edit my friends’ papers for them, not because I want something in return, but because I just enjoy doing it.
In addition to writing, I’ve always had a passion for social media. Instead of just living in the moment, I’m normally documenting it. Sometimes I wish that wasn’t the case, but I also don’t see it as a negative… It’s just how I am. I’ll never understand someone who accidentally leaves their phone at home and realizes it hours after the fact. I notice after my phone is missing for 5 seconds. I’m guilty of having to charge my phone multiple times a day, and refreshing Twitter multiple times before a new post comes up. I love how I can be in my room by myself, but if I watch my friend’s Snapchat Story, I feel connected to her, despite being thousands of miles away. I think social media has a lot of negatives, but the positives greatly outweigh those.
Combining my love for writing and social media is what led to this blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved creating it.