Terrifyingly New


What else would mark this as the New Year than me doing something new and terrifying and pushing my boundaries and setting some precedents.

I know-not great. But I’m working on it. If you have any recommendations. PLEASE SEND THEM MY WAY. I’d love to learn more and I’m doing what I can through the internet. Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks for dealing with me trying out something a little different.

Until Next Time,

Dana Qualy

New Year, New Content

Holy bananas it’s 2019! It took FOREVER to get here, but we did it! Instead of a bunch of New Year’s resolutions at the start of the year, I try to do new resolutions every 1-3 months (one of the MANY perks of a bullet journal) and I definitely have some for this year that I’ll save for a later date and time.

What I want to talk about it this website. I’ve dusted it off, got it rolling again, remembered all the reasons why I love blogging.

And I want to change it.

I know, I know. “DANA! You just said you loved My Bright Corner the way it is. I can directly site it from two sentences ago for your future autobiography if you ever wanted to write one.”

And you’re right. Not about the autobiography. The quote. I do love all that MBC did for me (and hopefully you) in the format it’s currently in. But I have a vision. And with this vision includes some changing and flexibility. I want to metaphorically add a new coat of paint to the walls, perhaps some furniture and two new people to sit on that super comfy furniture.

Emily and her classic soft-eyed smile

That’s right! Two new writers! Those two ladies in the featured image with me aren’t there for show. And they’re not just writers either. They do art, photography, story tell and more. They’re visionaries. They’re also my best friends from high school and some of the most creative people I know.

How did this happen? Well, you’ll have to wait for that story, but I promise it’s coming in a whole new way! Long story short is I asked them to share their creativity and writing skills with My Bright Corner and for whatever crazy reason, they said yes. Their names are Lilly and Emily. I’m going to let them introduce themselves shortly with their own posts so don’t be too surprised when you see their faces

Lilly and all her hats (more on that later)

This is something I’m very excited about. I’ve always wanted to get new perspectives onto My Bright Corner. MBC isn’t a very big blog in the blogosphere but it’s special and to have two of my favorite people working on it with me only makes it more so.

So let’s give them a warm welcome as we continue onto a great year with new surprises! If there’s something you want to hear or know, don’t be afraid to comment or ask.

Thank you for your patience with me these last couple years as I worked on getting myself together. There is a lot more coming your way this year and I can’t wait for you to read all about it!

Happy New Year!

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Until Next Time,

Dana

Advice to Myself

Look. Y’all don’t have to read this one but I figure if I don’t put this in a very public space, I’ll never commit or apply any of the advice I’m about to give to myself. You’re welcome to take it as well, but I won’t be offended if you don’t (secret: I won’t even know. Computer screens are funny that way). 

But some story time first:

In case if you haven’t gathered from the lack of blog posts, I am busy. All of the time. I’ve had more free time in the last week than I have in the last eight months.

8. MONTHS.

People get more vacation time than that when they work regular jobs. So why am I keeping myself so busy? 

It’s a combination of a lot of things: I’m a motivated human bean. I have a fear of being useless to society. I was raised to desire working and to desire the satisfaction of success and growth. 

But let’s jump back to that second one I slid in the last sentence ever so casually:

“I have a fear of being useless to society.”

I’ll be honest about it that is absolutely why I created this blog in the first place. I got cancer. I had to pull myself out of society and therefore became useless.

Now I know, I know. You’re going to say, “But Dana! You talked about this in your last blog post, A Year In Review. Give us some new content!”

I will. Promise. But I gotta finish this thought first.

Yes. I don’t mind being busy, but I’ve never considered why I keep myself busy. Maybe it’s my Type A personality barging into my life. Perhaps it’s because I don’t know how to say no to people. It could be my motivation trying to get me to do everything all at once. Maybe I really do have a fear of being useless to society.

All of these are true. Guilty. 

More than all of these, I think I have an unspoken fear of running out of time.

(This is the part where you gasp and say “This mid-life crisis fear hitting a 22-year-old! How unreasonable!”)

Not exactly. In case if we all forgot the reason why I started this blog (*cough* cancer), mortality is a lot closer to me than most young adults.

I should have this idiotic idea that I’m invincible as a 20-something-year-old and can drink all the alcohol, do all the stupid things and live.

And I do all of those dumb things, but mainly because I’m trying to get back normal life, not because of some insane complex society allows college kids to live by before they’re struck in the face by the metal baseball bat that is life.

 But while I’m doing these ridiculously fun and menial things, there’s always something in the back of my brain going: this is pointless. Be useful why don’t you? You don’t have time like everyone else. 

WHICH IS INSANE and self-centered! But here we are in the depths of my brain (quite the wild ride. We won’t delve too deep there).

So in this weird place titled “Dana’s Brain,” I have convinced myself that I must do all of the things this instant or I will run out of time and not be able to do all of the things because I’m running out of time.

I can’t explain it and I’m not going to try to. Instead, this is what I am telling myself:

  1. Knock it off. I love you and you’ve got time. More than that, you need to give yourself the time to exist. You’ll have time to be stressed out and busy later in life when you’re 40 with a full-time job and responsibilities.
  2. All those things you’re avoiding by being busy? You should address that stuff. It’s important too. No one dies saying “I’m really glad I’m kicking the can with all this stress on my back.”
  3. You’re okay. Really truly. Breathe. Learn to do some things for you and if you can’t, find someone to show you.
  4. Take more trips. That featured image you put at the top of this post of some cool mountains you saw in Colorado? You don’t have nearly enough photos of that. You definitely need more. 🙂
  5. Make sure you’re busy doing things you like. Otherwise, you’re going to hate everything.


Life is crazy and confusing. You know it. I know it. We’re all pretty honest here. So let’s have some fun in 2019 and remind ourselves of what’s really important.


Thanks for listening.



Until Next Time,


Dana