Auld Lang Syne. Arguably one of my favorite songs of all time– whether I can remember the lyrics is always debatable, but that doesn’t change the fact that I swoon for that song. The melody is beautiful. The sentiment is beautiful. I just love it. It marks the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. It remembers old friends and celebrates new friends. It commemorates life and the beauty in the days gone by.
You can listen to my favorite version of the song, from the Sex and The City movie, here.
Auld Lang Syne is how my blog got it’s name. One of the English translations of this Scots song title is “days gone by”. This time last year, when I thought about starting a blog and what I wanted my blog to represent and how I wanted it to function in my life, my main desire was to have a space for my thoughts and snapshots of my life. I wanted it to be a positive space where I could share important moments from my life. As much as it is for any potential readers, it is just as much, if not more so, a place that I can come to years from now and flip through a catalogue of beautiful days from my life. Since I always like to play the song, Auld Lang Syne, at midnight on New Years, the song and it’s meaning were at the forefront of my mind when I was starting the blog. And so Beautiful Days Gone By was born.
When I started the blog, I thought I would consistently post 2-4 times per week and that I would get into style and entertainment posts, but I found that mentality took away from my enjoyment of this space. I know that blogs gain readership by consistently posting new, exciting content that is relevant to others, but I felt that posting about clothing, jewelry, make-up and shoes falsified the blog and falsified me. Though I love fashion and design, when attempting to write that type of content, I didn’t feel authentically me. I love reading style blogs with beauty and fashion posts, and I thought that I wanted my own blog to be a mirror of those types of blogs that I visit. But it turns out that, though I thoroughly enjoy perusing those blogs, I do NOT thoroughly enjoy creating my own version of those posts.
As I have looked through my archives, I’m so pleased to read posts about my boyfriend, Mike, our house, our dogs, and our adventures together. Although I don’t post as frequently as I originally planned to, this blog is still serving a wonderful purpose– a celebration of life.
So here’s to looking back on some beautiful auld lang syne from 2013.
Looking back on the past year, so much has happened.
In January of last year, I was still in my Montessori training, we lived in our first apartment in Cleveland, we had JUST adopted our first pup, Denver, we were just beginning to develop friendships with people in Cleveland, and Mike was at his first job in Cleveland.
Since last January, I have graduated from my training, landed a job at a Montessori school, Mike bought our first house, Mike got a new job, we adopted our second pup, Colette, and we’ve become best friends with the people we’ve connected with in Cleveland.
It’s been a year of ups and downs, as every year is. There were great challenges, there was deep sadness, and there were humdrum moments. There was extreme stress, intense confusion, and pure exhaustion. But it wouldn’t be life without all of that. There were also incredible surprises, supreme excitement, and thrilling news. There were laughs til we peed our pants, elated joy, and renewing peace.
Experiences were had, moments were created, mysteries were solved, and questions were raised. It was another year in my life. It was another year on earth. Whether painful or blessed, the past 365 days behind me have certainly been beautiful days gone by.
Happy New Year, everyone.