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Update | Real Life

I felt like it might be worth writing a very brief real life update here. If just because it's occupied so much of my mental space recently. And, of course, because whatever is currently occupying large swaths of your mental space plays a not insignificant role in your reading life and which book you reach for at the end of any given day. So.

I have worked at the same job since four months after this blog began. Until a week ago, that is, when I packed up my bags and left to start a brand new job. I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around that bare fact. First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful and pleased to have this new job. It was time. In fact, all throughout my job search, that exquisite quote from the wonderful Mo Willems ran on repeat through my head,
If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
The position I had served its purpose very well. It was what I and my family needed for that period in our lives. But at this new point in my life, it had become the wrong story. And it was time to leave.

I am still working as an editor, which I love. I am, like Gansey, moving on and looking up. Excelsior. And it is an exciting and encouraging, if sometimes scary in its newness, view. I will always be happy I get to live inside words for a living. My goal, ultimately, is to finish like Liesel Meminger.
I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
And, lastly, because it's been a long time (and for any of you who don't follow me over on Instagram), here's a visual update of my people. As they are now. I know. I can't explain how any of it happened either.

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Photo by @aamith (in the order in which I read them)

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