Hi there. It's Marlene. Remember me? Yeah, I know, it's been a bit since I've been on here. To be honest, in the midst of the pandemic I didn't really feel like writing anything. Maybe it was the metonymy of being at home day after day. Most days, the world stood still.
Back in early 2021, I launched the Ling Podcast. It was something new and different. It was a way to use my voice and have conversations with my nearest and dearest. The problem was, it was time consuming as hell. In typical Marlene form, I jumped right into doing my podcast. I tried to stick to doing weekly episodes, which were fun at first, but I failed to consider one very important thing - editing. Editing audio is a bitch. Thank goodness Sean helped me do the most of the editing, but it took forever. After ten episodes, I called it quits.
The last episode of my podcast landed around my 38th birthday. It was celebratory and at the time I hoped to do more episodes in the near future, but that obviously didn't happen. About a week after that last episode dropped I started a new job, which took me down a path that I never expected for myself 10 or 15 years ago. I don't really want to get into the specifics of my current career path, but it's certainly different than anything I've done before, and I LOVE IT.
Almost three years after starting my new job, here I am, reintroducing myself to my first passion - writing. I can't promise that I'll be on here doing posts on a regular basis, but the last few years have been wild and there's a lot I want to write about. I think I'm done with putting pressure on myself to make these stupid deadlines that I set for myself in order to get more readers, but if I'm honest I'd be happy to have eyeballs on this site (that I still pay for). In a world where everyone strives for perfection, the purpose of this space has always been about being honest and raw and I'm slowly starting to remind myself of that. Enjoy the ride. It's going to get a little fucking messy.