Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Changes!

So I have been postponing writing this post because I haven't completely accepted it. I started blogging 8 months ago and my life changed. I was really passionate about something for the first time in my life. I made friends who really understood my love of books. I understood finally what I really wanted to do in life.

Unfortunately, real life caught up. In January, I was still studying for my masters in Taxation, studying to take the exams to get my CPA License, and preparing to start working 80 hour weeks once done with school. I knew that when the time came, I would have to take a step back from blogging. No more twittering all day long, reading and commenting on all the blogs on my feed reader, and definitely no more reading 2-3 books a week and reviewing them.

Sadly my friends that time has come. August 13 I graduate with my masters, and on August 15 I will begin work at a CPA firm. I used to think that I would not continue blogging when the time came, but there is no way I am giving this up. NO WAY! However, my presence on the blog and on twitter won't be the same.

I will miss all the lovely book convos I have had and being able to read a book in a day, but real life calls. HOWEVER, blogging has taught me that I need books in my life, so my plan has somewhat changed. I will work a couple of years in accounting and then I would like to go back to school and get a masters in publishing. That way I could keep books in my life the way I have done these past 8 months.

I hope you all continue to read from the blog, because no matter how busy I am, I will continue posting. I DEEPLY appreciate everyone that has taken the time to read my opinion on books, and I hope to be doing this forever :)

PERSONAL NOTE: I totally got teary eyed writing this, and I think I need to explain another reason why I started blogging. Yes, I love books and yes I love sharing my love of them with others... but the main reason I started was because around that time January 2011, I felt like I had lost my way in life, only going through motions, not seeing how life could be any better than the ordinary mundane things that happened every day. I was stressed with school and life, and you could say that it was the beginning of a downward spiral. January 1, 2011 I made a news years resolution. I said 2011 would be my year. I would step out of my comfort zone, I would get back into reading, and I would finally get the blog I always wanted to start. And I did it. Like I said in the top, 8 months ago blogging changed my life and I couldn't be any happier with my blog, my self, and my life.

Thank you all for reading.

33 comments:

Jess @ Gone with the Words said...

Congrats on graduating and starting a new career!! I'm not going anywhere! You're stuck with me! :)

StephTheBookworm said...

Congratulations on graduation!

Ginger @ GReads! said...

Yani, you have become a dear friend of mine in just the short months we've known each other through blogging.  I got teary eyed myself just reading this post!  I am so proud of you for your accomplishments with school.  I know how HARD it is.  I also admire your genuine love and passion for reading.  I also know how EASY that is to get lost in.  I won't be going anywhere either!  I feel as though our friendship has migrated past the blog commenting & twitter updates.  You have my number & can call or text ANYTIME!

Always remember to make decisions in life that create happiness for yourself because NO ONE else can do that, but YOU.  You're a beautiful person Yani and I know so many great & wonderful things lie ahead for you.   Love you!!!

AliyaPM said...

Like Ginger, I teared up. Congratulations on graduating! I'm so glad you're not leaving and that blogging has been so great for you!

Tina@Tinasbookreviews said...

Yani!! Im so glad I found your blog doing the re-read... Im in school parttime and starting full-time in the fall, Im scared too that my blog will go to the wayside....but Ill still try and post and for sure keep up with yours..yay for college girls.....well Im an old 30 yr old college girl but hey....... .:)

Ashley said...

I am both happy and sad! I am SO excited for you that you are graduating with your masters and that you already have a job lined up! That is super exciting news and just, wow. CONGRATS! 

But, I'm also going to miss you! I've LOVED talking books on Twitter with you! We've had some awesome conversations! :D You shall be missed m'dear!

I hope that things go well for you & I'm glad that you won't disappear altogether! Best of luck!! <3<3<3

Asheley said...

THIS is AMAZING. This makes me so happy. Wow. I want to take a roadtrip from NC to Florida and shake your hand, give you a hug, and have a dance party complete with great Mexican food and drinks because that's what I do when I'm happy. Books are so important, as you know, and so life-changing, as you know. 

Publishing. Wow. I'm so excited for you right now.   :)

Molly Jo said...

Congratulations on graduating and the new job! And figuring out what you ultimately want to do with your life. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

Your blog has been such an inspiration to me recently. I've never been super regular with my posts, although this year I've done much better than the previous 2. Lately I've been wanting to throw myself into my blog more and more because life is so overwhelming. On here is where I find some semblance of peace, so I can really relate to what you said.

Good luck starting your new job!

Mrs_laura_koehler said...

Wow girl. Congrats on graduating and with a Masters that is awesome. My answer is going to be a little bit personal as well hope you don't mind. Now I know that I haven't known you long, but I love your blog and your reviews. I think your an amazing girl, and I have loved coversating with you on twitter and through comments. You said that your blog really kinda saved you. I feel the same. I have been just going through life latly. I am unemployed and have been for two years, and not for the lack of trying. I feel like a failure because I have a B. S. in Biology, a minor in chem and my phlebotomy certification, and I still can't find a job. I have applied to anything from reception to Barnes and Noble. I just can't find work and have been real depresed latly. So my getaway from it has been books and i love them. I just wished i knew people that did to and that would understand that love or obcession whatever you want to call it :) My blog has saved me as well, and seeing that I am doing well at something (even though it doesn't pay the bills). It has given me something to do and people to confide in. So i understand where you are coming from. Thanks for sharing it really touched close to home, and I will miss ya :) Congrats again.

danielle said...

First, Congrats on your graduation--that is no small feat!

You've accomplished so much in the time you've had this blog up! You've given me lots of help and advice via twitter & I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.

While you will certainly be missed, it's so important that you do what you need to do for you. I totally understand where you're coming from and wish you nothing but success and happiness as you chase your dreams! I'll certainly still look forward to stalking your blog & chatting on twitter, even if it is less frequent. And, if you make it oh to BEA, I'll buy you a round of whatever beverage you're drinking :)

Best of luck to you!!
danielle. @MyMercurialMuse

Diana @Lovelygetaway said...

Congrats on your MA and on your new job :) Although I'm sad you are leaving, I'm glad to hear that you won't be leaving the blog permanently. I may not know you in person, but you seem like such a wonderful gal, Yani. Just by reading your blog and reviews one can tell your full of enthusiasm and charisma. I wish you the BEST of luck with everything! -Diana

Jacinda @ Reading Housewives said...

Yani: First of all...Congrats on the graduation and congrats on the job! :) I didn't know!

Is it crazy to say you'll miss someone that you've never met?! I'm going to miss (even though I haven't been around myself much lately) talking to you whenever I want! Real-life should ALWAYS come first. That's something I've been drilling into my mind lately. 

I want to thank you for sharing amazing books with me and of course I will still visit and comment on your blog. I'm the Top Commenter on your blog, that won't change!

P.S. I still haven't mailed out the books! FAIL!

Yani said...

love you too! And you have definitely become a close friend to me :)

Yani said...

Good for you! I am sure you will keep it up as well. Yay for blogging while in school :)

Yani said...

Thanks Ashley! I will definitely be around when I can and I loved our conversations as well. Look forward to having more in the future :)

Yani said...

Thanks :D

Yani said...

Thanks Molly! =D

Yani said...

Laura, thanks for sharing with me as well :)

I am glad blogging has meant so much to you and I hope to continue seeing you around the 'blogosphere' . Keep you heard up and best of luck in that job search.

Yani said...

Oh yes will definitely be saving up my vacation days for book events like BEA! And I am so glad you enjoy my blog, please continue to stalk as frequently as possible LOL =D

Yani said...

Thanks Diana! :)

Yani said...

I know what you mean, I feel like I have known you forever and I am especially going to miss all our fun twitter convos, but you have my number too so if I am ever not around online and you want to chat books or get some more party planning advice LOL, you can call or text anytime :)

And no worries on when you send the books, obv I won't be reading them as fast as usual haha

Yani said...

Thanks Jess =D

Yani said...

Thank you!

Yani said...

Thanks :)

AprilBooksandwine said...

Good luck with your new career! And hey having a life outside of blogging is cool!

Jen D. said...

I'm sure I can speak for the Miami Crew when I say that we're all homies for life regardless of how active you are on the blog or Twitter.  You know we're crazy and we'll kidnap you and take you to book signings and stuff if you start disappearing on us.

Congrats on all your incredible accomplishments.  Can't wait to see you set the accounting world on fire.  =)

Dirtybrit said...

Yani..I am super proud of you! You deserve all that comes your way and I am sure you will succeed in everything . One thing to remember, I had to learn this myself-Books never go away..they are good friends that wait on you to visit and will always be there for you. Visit them when you need a bit of a break and you will do fine., most of us dont have the time to read a book a day..you have been the lucky one!

FloeticFlo said...

I got teary eyed reading this, too! What a wonderful world book blogging has opened up for us. And it seems like you can never really leave it once you're here. Real life will keep you busy, but if you love reading, you will always find the time for it. I'm sure I'll still see you on Twitter or maybe sometime at Books & Books!

lisa said...

you sound as if you're at peace with this decision and have clearly thought about it for awhile, which makes me happy. i'm obviously sad that we are losing your voice on as frequent a basis, but i know that you have impacted and will continue to impact readers every single day! 

i trust we will stay in Twitter/Email/Google Chat communication. if not, it will be my turn to get teary eyed.

thank you for all you do, Yani. you've been an inspiration to me and a genuinely wonderful person. much love.

oxo

Emma Davies said...

What a beautiful post thank you so much for sharing :D 

Smash Attack said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh dear Yani. I need to hug you so bad right now! I am so very proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone to do something that makes you feel complete. You take the time to make others feel so welcome and cared for, and I hope that we have all made you realize that you are just as cared for and adored on this end. Yes, your new job will be challenging and you won't have as much time (trust me, I'm feeling that too!) but you will make the time. Your post won't be as frequent but that will make them all the more special. Congrats on getting your Masters. That is one HELL of an accomplishment. ♥

Lyra Sullyvan said...

Life's getting a bit busy around here too, so I totally understand what you're going through ! I hope you'll find time to read :)

Naomi Rees said...

aww, don't feel bad. i have been a little absent lately as well. i don't know how everyone keeps up (with blogging and real life...)

congrats on your new stage of life :)

x Nomes

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