Friday, December 03, 2010

Decoybetty turns 7!

Today marks the seventh anniversary of Decoybetty. Yes, I started this blog in 2003 when I was a first year at college.

Not much has changed, I still write about my feelings. While then I was struggling to find a major, a career, friends, and a place where I am comfortable enough to be. Now, I am struggling to find a job that fulfills my career goals and aims (and visa obligations!), I struggle to connect to friends who live on opposite sides of the world from me and sometimes just across the city, I struggle to be the best version of me at possible moments. Because don't we all?

You'd think that 7 years on, I'd feel different that 18 year old Decoybetty. I'd feel like lessons had been learned and achievements ... um... achieved. But most days, I feel like I'm a discoverer - wait a tic, that's not what I explorer? Adventurer? Ship Captain? - just solving riddles to figure out how I work and why I do what I do.

Those riddles have brought me to new and exciting places. Who would have thought that I am more at home in Australia than I ever felt in America? And who would have guessed that living with a total stranger in Melbourne would be the place I've lived longest in my adult life?

As I come closer to discovering all that I can be and am, I've been able to open myself up to new people and experiences. I wrote in this post on how I wouldn't have liked Inspector Climate when he was 18 - which of course I am sure I would have liked him, as a friend. But the truth is, I wouldn't have allowed him to get any where near me either. He's what I've been waiting my whole life for, and while I was manically rushing to get here, tapping my fingers wondering what was taking him so long, I should have just sat back and relaxed. Because ya'll, growing up can't and shouldn't be rushed.

Thanks for reading while I've bumbled through growing up. It's not over yet, so stay tuned for the next segment of discovery. I am not sure what it'll be, but I am sure it'll be awesome.


  1. Congratulations! I hope you don't catch the seven-year itch.

  2. Congrats on making the 7 year mark! Hopefully I make it to and take time to reflect :)

  3. happy blogiversary! i'm so glad you commented on my blog so i could come find yours. you are such an awesome writer! and i totally agree about anthropologie - it's WAY too expensive and i've never actually bought anything from there because i'm super cheap. but i drool and dream...

    lovely to meet you!

  4. Wow, 7 years! You are my idol. I'm not even at two yet and I've definitely had some ups and downs.
    Growing up is messy. We are our mistakes. I think you have done a stand up job following your dreams. Here's to the next 7, *cheers*!

  5. Gosh! Congratulations on SEVEN years. That's amazing! I've been with you for over a year and I've enjoyed your voyage of discovery. Here's to the next seven .....

  6. Seven years is impressive. As far as growing up, I am 40 and not sure if I am there yet.

  7. Congrats on seven years with one blog! Some folks are on their third marriage by the seventh year.

  8. yay for 7 years! That's like 50 years in the bloggersphere. It's amazing how much can change in that period of time eh? I've had my blog for 5 years, and in that time I've moved to France, got married, taken in a cat and a dog and travelled to more places than I ever dreamed I would.

    Here's to happiness and excitement and awesome jobs in the next 7 years!!

  9. Wow congratulations! I've been blogging since 2002 but have only been with my current blog for 3 years.

  10. Jill - Me too!

    Michelle - I am sure you will! and Thank you.

    Kimbirdy - Thank You - I really like your blog too! Sometimes Anthropologie has big sales and things get more affordable.

    Teacher Girl - Hah! Thank you. Growing up is messy.

    Selina - Thank you - I've really enjoyed your comments over the past year! You've been on of my favourite readers.

    Michelle S. - Oh well good! I have a lot of growing up to do then :)

    Susan - hahahha, So true. What can I say, I am a fan of commitment.

    Crystal - Thank you! I know it's kind of crazy. I mean for the first 3 it was mostly a diary of angry feelings - shockingly no one read those posts.

    Krysten - Whoa. Since 2002. That's very impressive.

  11. Congratulations on seven years of blogging! :)

  12. Dude, 7 years. So you've basically been around since blogs were invented.

    I've been blogging for longer than that, but I've switched blogs and deleted them so many times I can't even remember. I've had the current blog since 2007 so that's pretty record breaking for me.

  13. Wow, the same blog for seven years? That's impressive! I hit the one-year mark on my blog in August, although I've been technically blogging since I was in high school.

    Happy blogiversary!

  14. Corrine - Thank you!

    Kyle - pretty close! I didn't really get my head around the concept of what a blog was until year 2 or 3 though.

    Stephany - Nice work!

  15. I am a little late but happy blog birthday!

  16. Congratulation on the 7 year blogoversary! You've had some kind of adventures, I can't wait to read more!

  17. Wow! Seven years is nothing to sneeze at. Congratulations on reaching this milestone...hope you keep sharing your life with us!