Alicia D. Dervin
Out with the old, in with the "new normal"?
Happy New Year, everyone! Something that I really wanted to do this year was to revisit things that bring me joy. I also wanted to breathe life into things that I feel can strengthen, inspire, and encourage others. With that in mind, I have decided to return to blogging. Now, as an introvert, I am not really one for over-posting or over-sharing, so you won't see me nagging you multiple times a week to "Check out my new blog," or "Go check out my new video." I'm just not that type of girl. So, if my tried and true friends and family are the only people who gain something from this site and these posts, I will absolutely, positively, be A-OK with that!
That said, "welcome back" to those of you who have been rocking with me and reading my work since the days before I self-published my first novel; and "nice to meet you" to those who have just dropped by for the very first time.
Before I stepped away from blogging and my old site, I used to call my blog "In the Meantime". I felt as if I had so many things that occupied all of the areas of my life, and the thoughts I did manage to jot down on whatever medium of "paper" I could find were thoughts that occurred in the small space that often stood between one task and the next (hence the name!). While I still feel that way, I have decided not to officially name the blog this time around. It's just here, it's just me, and you will always find it on this webpage. I will, however, try to categorize each blog post after this one under the topics that I plan to write about the most: Black Millennial Motherhood (Mommy Moments/Educating Eddie/Entertaining Eddie), overcoming infertility, working in higher education, faith, and my overall journey to maintaining a happy and "balanced" life.
As I am certain many of you can attest, the last two years have been incredibly enlightening. If you are reading this post, you have survived nearly two years of a global pandemic that has not only affected so many of us physically (even those who have not contracted the virus), but has literally plagued our emotions and tested our faith and/or spirituality. Please, regardless of your current circumstances, take a moment to celebrate your survival #youdidthat. In the early days of the pandemic, we began hearing words and phrases like "our new normal" tossed around in virtual meetings and even on television advertisements. We've seen the old "normal" (that never really worked for some of us anyway) disappear, and the "new normal" seems to shift from week to week (sometimes from day to day).
For me, this blog is a beacon. It is a way to see out of and past the darkness that the last two years have created for many of us. It is a way to share my thoughts and experiences with the world. It is a way for me to continue to do what I love best: writing. I talk to my students (quite frequently) about using writing as therapy. I want to use this space to do just that. I am committing to making this process a part of my new normal. I hope that you are willing to take this journey with me. Let's have some fun and a few good laughs along the way! Comment below if there is something you are hoping to do, nurture, create, grow, or develop this year. I'd love to hear your plans!