Well, I’ve learned a few things about blogging in the past year or so (even though everything’s still pretty crazy new and overwhelming), and I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to blog a little more frequently. It makes it easier for people to follow and it’s good for me as a writer. AND, my IT genius of an uncle is helping me upgrade the page so it doesn’t look so amateur. I’ve got friends in high places. So, here is my pledge to you, the anonymous internet at large: I, Dannika Nash do solemnly swear to try my very hardest to post at least three times a week. Because let’s be honest, I, Dannika Nash, am not really busy with anything that important anyway. Like maybe once in a while I get on a kick to organize my sock drawer or something. Also I’ve been attacking some pretty hefty cooking projects (German Chocolate Cake…and I guess worst case I can just blog about that. Like Drunk Kitchen…but sober, and just bad? Bad Kitchen?), but in the long run they are not as important, I think. Amen.
This is a picture of me looking happy to be writing. So the goal is more of this and less sock drawer organization.
Also, Here is a little life update, in case anyone is interested. Most of you know that since my Open Letter, I was let go from my Christian Summer Camp that was supposed to be my income for the Summer (and the Fall school year) (I’m not whining, I’m just telling,), and so obviously after that I was in a mad scramble to find a place to live for the summer and something remotely close to enough income to pay rent and buy food. I was offered some jobs (mostly by generous readers) at other summer camps, and while they looked amazing, I decided I wanted to take a little break from the intensity of summer camp’s structure on my time and have an opportunity to read and write a lot. After a brief stint in which I sought jobs with several organic farmers in the Sioux Falls area, I settled on a delightful program in which I teach swimming lessons to kids with special needs. That has opened up some unexpected doors in which I am basically in love with all of the kids I teach and I think it may actually be something I keep doing for the rest of my life.
I’m trying to spend a lot of my time writing and reading when I’m not teaching lessons, and that’s also been pretty inspiring. Anne Lamott is making me cry every morning with Bird by Bird. I highly recommend everything she has written if you care about good writing or rebellious religion or women. I’m also reading Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, which is…a monster. But I’m plugging.
I took a trip to Texas with a few friends—this involved cramming in the back of my CRV with two linemen. Whatever.
So, my summer went in a different direction than I had planned, but I am trying to make the best, or at least decent writing out of it. If anyone in the Sioux Falls area wants to chat, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands these days, or if you want to comment on anything I’ve said in the past, again, I’m always open to that. All my information is in the About Me section, but I’ll give it again just in case:
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As always, thanks to everyone who has cared about me in the past few months. I feel very loved and supported. I’ll always be amazed by some people’s selflessness, even to people they don’t know.