Today is awesome for a few reasons: 1a) I’m alive; 1b) It’s actually warm and sunny outside (Michigan weather be tripping); 2) I had court today — traffic, not criminal (before y’all start spreading rumors) — and my ticket got thrown out because the witness didn’t show up (I Hallelujah’d and shabached right out of that courtroom); and 3) Today is officially my one-year blogaversary! *cues Tony! Toni! Toné!*
It’s so crazy how God just turns things around. ‘Cause exactly one year ago today, my life was a hot mess. Forreal doe. I was dealing with relationship issues, my moods were constantly up and down, and I felt like no one could truly relate to anything I was feeling. While the majority of folk in my age group were busy getting engaged and/or married, popping out babies, and receiving job promotions, I was merely searching for some peace of mind.
Pretend-liking my job and posting fake-happy pics on IG just weren’t cutting it for me anymore. I was tired of sugarcoating my life. And I was even more tired of venting to the same people about the same ish over, and over, and over again. What I needed was a space where I could just dump out all my thoughts and confront my issues. And maybe, just maybe, there was someone else out there who could relate. Maybe I wasn’t as crazy as I felt. Then again, maybe I was.
So I instinctively opened up a WordPress account, chose one of the few decent-looking free blog templates I could find, and typed three words in the title section of the site: “Single Black Female”. My marital status, race and gender were the simplest things I could grasp about myself at that particular point in my life, so I just went with it. I wasn’t sure what my first post would be about or if anyone would even read it, but I didn’t care. I just wanted, no, I needed to write something.
The day I started blogging a year ago was the day I embarked on the journey to find myself. As I continued to express my truths through my writing, I became more confident. As my confidence increased, so did my desire to inspire and motivate others. My identity and purpose were becoming more and more clear. A few months later, I went back to the drawing board. I wanted people to know more than just a “Single Black Female” — I wanted them to know Kori. So in January of this year, I re-launched my blog under a new name, design and web address: According2Kori.com.
The revamping of my blog was a reflection of the reconstruction process I was going through in my personal life. I was gradually learning, growing and changing in so many ways. Writing had become my own personal therapy. The even better part, there were other people out there who could relate, and who were positively impacted in some way by my writing. And the best part is, one whole year later, this is still only the beginning. What’s so amazing is that now I have y’all to share in this crazy journey with me. Something that started out as an outlet for me to help myself wound up helping someone else, and then some. That is the most gratifying feeling I’ve ever felt.
So cheers to one year of growth, and many more to come. And most of all, cheers to you all for reading my posts, giving me your feedback, putting up with my craziness, and exposing me to new perspectives. Salut! *takes shot*… And God Bless.