Five Years Ago Today!


five-years-of-blogging(Photo: google-images)

Happy Easter!

This post marks my fifth anniversary as a blogger.  https://chindeepinlife.com/2011/03/27/hello-world-2/ was my first entry. It’s been one hell of a ride. I’ve been able to maintain a rather loyal, if quiet readership base since 2011. I want to thank my followers and subscribers who regularly read my posts, those who dip in occasionally, and others who have taken the time to write comments, and provide any type of feedback.

Maintaining a blog isn’t easy. Finding the motivation to post regularly requires dedication and commitment. When I started on this journey, I never imagined the direction life would take. Five years from now, I’m sure life will have handed me more lessons,  in the form of heartbreak, pain, joys, victories, smiles, and laughter. Through it all, I hope I’m always asking for stronger shoulders.

I can’t thank you enough. I owe you a debt of gratitude. If I could meet, and rub shoulders with each of you, I would. Please know for now, I’m thankful, and always will be.

Love and Light,

Juan

To You!


11032008_10154181147395410_1137754070145062435_nArcadia Spectacular, Bristol (Sept 2015)

JE is one of my favorite people. I moved to the UK around the same time she moved to Bristol in 2013. I didn’t know anyone else, save it my partner. JE, SY, and I responded to an invitation on Bristol Gatecrashers Facebook group to meet up. The group was created to bring new transplants together. We met at Molloys, the Irish Pub on Baldwin Street. It was a night that would create the foundation, for one of the two closest friendships I have in Bristol. SY moved out of the city months later, however, JE and remained in each others lives. Bristol is a very hard place to make friends, and I’ve never been more grateful for the universe to give me what I needed, when I met JE.

We had so many good laughs! Our meetings were always hours long, and packed with catching up on the business that is our lives. We each had our own personal and intense struggles. There was nothing we didn’t talk to each other about. Absolutely nothing. I know she might not have agreed with some of my choices, but, she has always supported me in all my endeavors. The absolute highlight of our activities was Arcadia Spectacular, Sept 2015. A once in a lifetime, expensive event, made possible by this kind, dear, and generous friend.

The past two and a half years have been filled with one life event after another. Regardless of the issues, JE and I have always been each others  cheerleader and champion. The relationship has been a source of joy and escape in our lives. It has now culminated with JE getting ready to move back to her hometown for a new, exciting, and rewarding job, and to be closer to her new granddaughter. I’m so happy for her! I know how much she has wanted things to begin to fall into place. We both said this was going to be her year!

While I’m saddened she won’t be as close as before, I know a new beginning awaits her. And I couldn’t be more pleased for another person. There will be no goodbyes. We are only separated by a car/train journey. It’s been years since I’ve met someone so incredibly supportive, loving, kind, generous of spirit, and compassionate. JE deserves all the good things coming to fruition in her life now, and every thing else in the years to come.

Over the years, people have come into and moved out of my life. Nothing wrong there, not everyone is meant to stay. My friendship with JE has remained an integral and important part of my life. I don’t think she realizes how much I appreciate her influence! Through her, I now I’ve come to realize what Will Smith meant in this quote: “Don’t chase people. Be yourself. Do your thing and work hard. The right people, the ones who belong in your life, will come to yours and stay”

To life, love, and happiness. I love you JE.

 

Love and Light,

 

Juan