My dear readers,
I have important news for you. I’ll cut to the chase because I know not all of you will want to read the explanation. I will no longer be writing at Salad At Midnight and instead have made a new blog, http://hopeandheroism.com. You may have noticed I have not been writing much lately; this is because I have been working behind the scenes on this transition. I have already transferred the posts I wish to keep and will transfer you, my followers, this weekend. Salad At Midnight will no longer be active at the end of next week.
Now, for the explanation. 2016 was an extremely difficult year for me. Although I have alluded to it in blogs I have not been ready to explicitly write about it. I faced my worst episode of depression yet and had to be hospitalized twice before I finally got well and was declared in remission. I have now been well for over seven months and it feels amazing to finally be myself again. Additionally, my husband and I both doubted our faith and struggled intensely with spiritual questions. Ultimately he chose to leave the church while I stayed. Throughout the year my marriage faced significant difficulty, in large part due to the stress that serious mental illness places on a relationship, and eventually ended in divorce.
No one can go through a year such as that without being permanently altered, and the same is true for me. I find myself with slightly different theological and social beliefs and a different perspective on both everyday life and mental illness. I am a different person; I think (and hope) for the better.
When I first started writing, it was simply a hobby, a fun thing to do during my downtime at work. I wanted to write with honesty about, well, whatever I wanted to. Then when I chose to step down from my job I began to pursue it more intensely and I took over the logistics of owning a website. Now, however, the divorce has forced me to go back to work full-time, at a job with no downtime, and I simply don’t have the time to write like I once did. Writing is once again a hobby and as such I made the decision that I need to move back to “renting” a website where someone else will be taking care of the maintenance.
As I started to consider and plan the move to a new site, I also re-evaluated my writing and decided I want to focus my blog and give it a new name. Going forward I will not be writing about just anything. There won’t be any natural health, no true Bible studies, and very little travel. If you followed Salad At Midnight for those topics, I understand that I will likely lose your readership.
However, I will be focusing on the worthwhile topics of, you guessed it, Hope and Heroism in everyday life, specifically in the daily struggles and joys of mental illness, community, friendship, and justice. Life is, by necessity, lived out in the day-to-day moments and it is in those moments that true hope and heroism exists. Every person who decides to get out of bed on a bad depression day is an everyday hero. When you stand up against the racial discrimination your coworker (or yourself) faces, you are a hero. We are everyday heroes when we stop our busy lives for a moment to help a homeless man or play with our kids. And through it all there is hope for restoration of our bodies, our communities, and our society. Beautiful hope that it does, and will, get better.
I have a vision that my blog would not simply be a place where I successfully argue certain points or discuss life hacks, but rather would be a small piece of open community where people are inspired to love and live in hope and heroism, a reflection of the real life community in our lives. I invite you to make your way over to hopeandheroism.com and check it out. If you currently follow this blog I will transfer you over to the new site this weekend. If all goes well you should see a “Welcome to Hope and Heroism” post from me by Sunday night detailing some of the above vision for the blog. If you don’t see that post or aren’t currently a follower and would like to be, you will need to go to hopeandheroism.com and follow on your own. After the welcome post, next week I will publishing a new piece about what happened when I told my entire college I struggle with depression and self-harm. You don’t want to miss it!
Thank you for your readership and support. Without you, I would just be writing into a void. I would still do it, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.