I’m Chelsea, and this is my new blog.
As many of you know, I’m not really new to the blogging racket–I started a blog in 2006 when I spent a few months in Europe, then abandoned it for a while, and picked it back up when I went to Southeast Asia in 2008. See, my day-to-day life has never seemed worth reading about, so I only blogged when I was travelling, when my life was somewhat interesting.
I had every intention of blogging on/about my latest adventure–moving to Melbourne, Australia for grad school–and I wrote a few posts from my new home, but for some reason it didn’t feel right and I abruptly stopped. A few weeks (months?) later, I think I’ve figured out what felt so wrong about it.
First of all, that blog is called European Chelsea. European Chelsea was a kind of joke persona born when I was 19 and went to Europe for the first time. As you can read about on my old blog, I got ditched by my somewhat insane travel companion, and was forced to go it alone. This turned out to be a huge blessing, but of course I didn’t know that at first. Anyway, European Chelsea was a whole new Chelsea. At the time, 19-year-old Canadian Chelsea was kind of a square. European Chelsea, free of the expectations and judgments of those who knew her, got to spread her wings a little (I’m not going to go into any details here, because my parents are likely to read this and because talking in the third person has officially gotten old).
Fast forward eight and a half (!!!) years and…continuing to write a blog entitled European Chelsea felt wrong. Because European Chelsea is dead. Ha! Okay, more like: European Chelsea has evolved into who I am today–the more functional elements have been folded into my adult personality, and the rest of it, I grew out of or realized wasn’t really me at all. Like smoking. European Chelsea thought she looked sophisticated and European smoking. In retrospect, I am keenly aware that she (okay, I) looked neither.
So I’ve ditched my old travel blog and started this: a blog about the people, places and things I love…and all sorts of other nonsense (including, but not limited to, books, cute boys, Parks and Recreation, cheese, and napping). Coming up soon: my first Antipodean Christmas, various tales of (and a little bit advice for) moving to the other side of the world, and…a few weeks of travel. Hurray!
After today, I will never talk in the third person again–and that’s a promise.
Welcome. Thanks for stopping by.