New Year, Now I’m a Blogger

Hello World!

My name is Emily. Dana (the lovely creator of My Bright Corner) and Lilly (the other new contributor to this page) have been my friends since middle school. Although we have been friends for a little over a decade, we are all very different people in many ways. But that is what I love about our friendship. Our differences is part of what has helped us to remain friends for as long as we have (our differences and the fact that these two know way to much about me and they have seen me through almost every major transitional period in my life).

As is the case with most things that get me out of my comfort zone even in the slightest, Dana is the one who brought me on board here. And as far as her having to convince me to do this, it didn’t take as much effort as other things have (like when she had to beat me in Guitar Hero to get me to go to a middle school dance… still not over it for the record). This is another chance to stay connected with two of my favorite people and a chance for the three of us to collaborate creatively. Who wouldn’t agree to that?

Anyway, I suppose I should talk about myself now so you can get to know me a little bit (first thing to know, if you were to look up the definition of shy in the dictionary, you would find a picture of me there so talking about myself is not my favorite).

I’m 22 years old and I am a Graduate Student at Winona State University where I am studying to get a Master’s degree in School Counseling (Yes we do learn how to ask “and how does that make you feel?”). I graduated from Winona State in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Advocacy. Also, I am a Graduate Assistant at a child care center where I spend the majority of my days surrounded by fifteen four-year olds who are equal parts adorable and hilarious and only slightly frustrating at times.

Unlike most people my age, I did not (and do not) spend my time going out with friends all the time or drinking or doing basically anything spontaneous. I am the most introverted introvert to introvert. I would rather go to a coffee shop than a bar (although I am a coffee addict who is allergic to alcohol so that may play part in that…). I am a bookworm. I am a movie buff. I am a music geek. I draw pictures occasionally (although they are nowhere near as amazing as Lilly’s). I take pictures everywhere I go. If I could spend my days by water, I would do so without hesitation. I grew up the daughter of a pastor/marriage and family therapist and the sister of a very protective older brother. I have spent an afternoon crocheting while watching black and white movies. I am basically a grandma in the body of a 22 year old, and in all honesty,

I am very okay with it.

Let’s let this adventure begin! As Dana said in her post, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me anything!

-Emily

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