Thursday, January 30, 2014

All the Relationships


I hate the phrase “in a relationship.” So many of my friends talk about how much they just want to find a relationship, how they want to be in a relationship, how their lives would be so much better if they had a relationship.

Aren’t we all in relationships with every single person in our lives?

I have relationships with my friends, relationships with my coworkers, unwanted relationships with those girls from high school who never did know when to keep their opinionated mouths shut. Some are better than others, and some are higher priority than others, but they are all still relationships.

My friends ask me how my relationship is going, and I answer, as if I only have the one. Relationship, I mean, not boyfriend. It’s not that my relationship with my boyfriend is more important to me than my relationships with my family. It’s just that when my friends ask about my family, they directly ask about my family. When they ask about my best friend from high school, they directly ask about my best friend from high school. When they want to know about my boyfriend, they ask about my relationship. See what I mean?

For all of you out there who aren’t in a significant other kind of relationship, and for those of you who are, I think it’s important to remember that we’re all in relationships, each as important as the next. We grow from each relationship, and we learn from every person who enters our lives. These relationships, all of them, are the ones that matter. I think we can all use the reminder every now and then. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Beginning


Hi there everyone! Welcome to my blog, Refining Bliss. I’m just your average twenty-something lover of yarn, baking, and sexual health education, making my way through graduate school. I’d love to share my experiences with all of you!

This is actually my second attempt at starting a blog; I stopped writing in my first after about six months. I had been using it as a way to practice semi-professional writing, and after a while posting just felt like a chore. This blog, however, will be more focused on me and my experiences – more for fun, and I hope you enjoy it as well.

So why Refining Bliss? This is the first time that I’ve set resolutions for myself to accomplish in the New Year, and they all seemed to settle around one common theme – happiness. My goals target many aspects of health and happiness, all combining to help me achieve a more balanced, blissful life as I work toward my master’s degree.

Thanks for joining me on my journey. Stay a while?