A Year of Me Figuring it Out

If you’re not into swear words, I highly recommend not reading the next year’s worth of content because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be full of swear words. Sorry not sorry in advance and for the impact my words have on your eyeballs (Sorry mom. Love you!)

I am tired of structure. I think because of how much structure I’ve incorporated into my life after college (meals, finances, work, etc.), there’s nowhere for my chaos to go and it leaves my brain very cluttered and filled with some straight nonsense making it quite difficult to sort what is what. I’ve decided that since I originally wrote this blog for me I’m going to keep to that theme and start creating whatever it is that drives me.

If you go back and read some of my old stuff, you’ll see that I try to have some sort of header, main content and a feel-good ending or some theme I’m trying to get across that day. Even now I’m still sub-consciously writing this post in a “blogger’s voice” or whatever it’s called.

And you know what? That type of content is BORING ME RIGHT NOW. I don’t want to write tiny essays on the 10 ways Cancer Impacted My Life or How I Got an Internship I Forgot I Applied For (both of which are sitting in my drafts. Maybe I’ll publish them. Who knows).

I want some weird content that’s all over the place. I want poems that might be love letters to a stranger or 3am thoughts that mostly make sense but probably not. I want to write posts that are all of a sentence long but make me think about its purpose for HOURS. I want to put up my art that’s really not great but I’m proud of it because I made it. I want to create videos and talk about my favorite plants while sitting in my bed eating some popcorn.

I want to look back on this and think, “Wow. 24-year-old Dana is learning and growing and falling in love with being a creator again.”

I want to allow chaos to reign control over my blog because it’s more fun for me to be creative in an open structured environment rather than feeling the pressure to follow a cookie-cutter structure that every 20-something blogger has.

I like freedom in my art. I’m not in college anymore and I’m not making this blog for a grade or to please anyone.

Perfection is not the game. But joy is.

So I’m going to have some fun this year (wherever it can be found) and share. You get the pleasure of seeing the unscripted and unedited Dana brain unfold on your screen. Have fun! And honestly? Good luck.

Until Next Time,

Dana

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My name is Lilly and here are the basics. I’m Christian, I’m asexual, and I love people almost as much as I love dogs. I have generalized anxiety and bipolar disorder, I collect hats, and I have what I hope is a charming tendency to overshare. So here’s a little bit more about me, your third co-contributor to this new year of My Bright Corner.

When Emily is behind the camera

Momentary sidebar: less about me and more about us. Dana and Emily are two of the coolest people who have ever existed. They are kind, openhearted, gentle (yes you are, Dana), and bold (yes you are, Emily). The three of us are an unusual trifecta. We are simultaneously incredibly different people and yet somehow are exactly the same. I love these guys, and participating in this blog took very little convincing. I’ll snatch up any opportunity to work in close proximity (even if that is an internet-based proximity and not a physical location) to these two crazy and wonderful goons.

Alright, now time to crack down on the details of who I am. I’m 22. I am a senior at Amherst College in Massachusetts. I am a studio art major and formerly a computer science major (more on that later). I currently work as a barista at a super strange and wonderful international student cafe: Shiru Cafe. Give it a google, y’all. It’s pretty neat.

My life has been a wild ride. A very wild ride. My friends have been instrumental in keeping me grounded and about as sane as any of us can be. Beyond that is my faith in Jesus. God is a cool bean (yeah that’s an understatement) and I’m obsessed with talking about Him, so I’m sure that’ll come up in future posts. Feel free to ask me questions, but remember that I am no theologian so I won’t have all of your desired answers. But I do know what I believe and I am so ready to talk about that.

I have almost 50 hats, a collection that only began a little over four years ago, a majority of which are gifts. There’s a story behind that too, which I’m sure I’ll share.

I am a storyteller. I am currently working with a few other incredible young women on a few works. Basically, we are making the wild mistake of trying to write three different novels at once, since we just can’t decide on which one we want to give the most focus.

What else…

Molly Mae gives me life

I’m the youngest of four, and I have a niece and a nephew. I’m afraid of heights, boats, and spiders. I love to travel (though I can’t stand travelling alone). I’m obsessed with elephants and mustaches and Dungeons and Dragons. I like to write fiction and code (but I don’t program often). I like making things. I get bored easily. I love people but they suck sometimes. I have chickens and gerbils and dogs and they are amazing creatures who deserve love, and generally, people deserve love, too.

I often panic about what my future holds as I don’t have a single post-graduation plan, but as I try to figure that out, I turn to God.

With that, I’ll leave you with my favorite Bible verse.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34

Yours truly,

Lilly

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