On May 20th, I published a post in which I made a resolution to blog every day for one month. I decided to do this because as of August, I will be a writing teacher; it is difficult to lead students to find the worth in writing when their teacher does not show appreciation through practice. There is great value in following the same practices we ask our students to engage in; it allows us to encounter that which frustrates them, gives us a better understanding of what we want and what we can expect, and provides us with material and experience that we may model for our students.
However, I did not continue to blog for one month simply because I wanted to practice what I teach; we are often motivated to begin such activities for reasons that are extraneous to ourselves–that are designed to help us better serve the outside world–but we stick with them for the internal rewards we reap from such practices. When I sit down to create a post each day, I often struggle with what I want to write, and many times I want to walk away; yet at the end of each post, I find myself feeling better than I did when I began, and often I feel proud of what I have written. I started writing to become a better teacher and I have continued writing because I enjoy it.
A lot of wonderful things have come from this blog. I have found myself belonging to a community of individuals in the same or similar situations as myself. Realizing that I am not alone in this journey of mine has helped me feel better about where my future is taking me. For the first time, I am meeting people who live or will live in the same area where I am settling in Mexico and I no longer feel as though I will be the odd, isolated gringa. Finally, there is so much that I have learned from those who comment and those whose blogs I read that I have discovered many surprises that were waiting for me before they had the chance to surprise me. I imagine that much of the misery I would have felt adjusting to my new life has been alleviated, and perhaps I will reach that point of being settled and happy faster than I would have without these individuals.
Because of all this, I want to continue making the effort to write on a daily basis until I leave for Mexico. As soon as I have internet there, I intend to resume writing several times a week. Hopefully I will be able to remain connected to my network of support, and perhaps help a few people myself.