People tend to associate new beginnings with the New Year. What with the turning of the calendar, the celebration of counting down until midnight and the all acquaintances being forgot, the timing is just screaming for new beginnings. But I don’t particularly like the New Year — in fact I prefer to forget about the hustle and bustle of the parties and festivities and would rather share a dinner with good friends over a bottle of wine and be in bed early, only to be awakened by fireworks and shouts of “Happy New Year” outside my window right as I’m drifting off to sleep. I’d rather forget about the resolutions (or intentions as I called them last year).

So, the New Year isn’t a source of new beginnings for me. Nope. My new beginnings come around this time of the year. The time of year most kids hate and parents adore–the start of the new school year. I always loved going back to school — I don’t think I was ever kicking and screaming for summer to last longer. I was the nerd who loved getting my folders, picking out my pens (I still love to do that), having my outfit picked out the week before the bells rang. I love the smell of new erasers and the crack of a new textbook opening for the first time. I still love this time of year and I get a twinge of nostalgia as I think of all the kids piling on the buses, getting in the car pool vans, grabbing their brown-bag lunches and heading off to a new year, to new beginnings.

It is in this season of new beginnings that I begin my New Beginning. While I don’t anticipate anything very drastic to happen during this stage, I want to start something new. So, I’ve transferred my old blog into my new blog entitled “Just Learnin’ and Livin’.” Because really, that’s what I’m always doing — I’m just learning what I can about this world, this life and myself. And I’m just living, because what else is there to do?

While this blog may not be a drastic departure from my past, I do want it to be a new venture — a new beginning — into what I want my life to be. I’ve outlined what I want this blog to be on my “What this is about” page, but I’ll spell it out here as well …

Just what is this “Just Learnin’ and Livin'” blog all about? Well, you’ll be finding out with me! In the past, my blog has been about things I’ve been doing, random thoughts I’ve had and just well, randomness. I’ve imported my old blog (rachelvp.wordpress.com) into this one, so anything before August 20, 2009 contains the randomness I just noted.

So, what’s different about this one? I don’t know yet. But here’s what I’m hoping it is …

  • a place to find beautiful things–I’m trying to fill my life with beautiful things, whether these are tangible things or intangible, life is too short to have un-beautiful things in life.
  • a place to learn something new–it may be a factoid, a story or well, who knows.
  • a place to realize that I’m still kicking and screaming and well … living.

I don’t know what this will be exactly. But I hope you’re along for the ride! I’ll try to make it as fun for you as it is for me. After all, what are we if we’re not Just Learnin’ and Livin’?

If anything, this blog may become a bit more random — I hope to post more often, but they may be shorter posts or maybe just a picture or a thought or a link. I want to share with you the things that I find beautiful. The things that I learning and the things I’m living.

Now I think I have to go buy some new pens.