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The 1st Tiny Pants Blog Post (Sort of)

Here are some words I wrote from my very own brain space to share with y'all.

Let's see where this takes us, shall we?

Hello, friends. I am Melanie, and I'm not quite sure what this blog's purpose is just yet, but I have decided that it's okay to write into the unknown and just see what happens. I envision a design/calligraphy/self-care/life update type of thing so far. I enjoyed blogging in the past, and I've missed it, so I hope I can keep up with this one.

But first, more introduction. Those who've known me for a while should understand the "Tiny Pants" moniker of this blog. Tiny Pants was a nickname given to me by the one and only Nick Vikos, and I have embraced this nickname pretty tightly since around 2006ish. Maybe later? I'm not sure because too much crap has happened since then.

The reason I say this is "sort of" my 1st blog post is because I used to do a weight loss journal/blog about ten years ago called "Mel's Journey to Tinier Pants." That blog eventually evolved into the "Tinier Designier Pants" blog, which featured more graphic design content in addition to my weight loss efforts. Now I am here writing about who knows what and who knows how often. But RIP to my old blogs. I hope they're out there somewhere floating around in internet heaven.

Approaching Midlife Crisis Mode

About three months ago, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). So outside of being exhausted or working, I've had quite some time to (over)think about what the hell am doing with my life. I have about six months until I turn 40, and I feel like I need to put some urgency on figuring out exactly what I really want to do when I grow up.

Me on my 39th Birthday

While I am fortunate to have enough to get by, and I do like my current job most of the time, I have to come to terms with the fact that I haven't felt truly fulfilled with my career for a while now. Thoughts such as: "Do I still even want to do graphic design and calligraphy?" "Do I want to go back to school to get my Masters? If so, for what?" "I really want to do something that will help people with their mental health," "I want to quit everything and just make stickers," and "Maybe I should sell my designs online..." have been racing through my mind.

The whole CML thing has got my head in a spin about what to do next to try to make this world suck less and my life feel like it's more worthwhile. If you're curious, my CML prognosis is going rather well so far, and thankfully, CML is one of the most treatable cancers. While it definitely has not been all fun and games, I am thankful that everything has been "ok" for the most part. I am sure there will be more posts about my CML journey to come.

Come With Me, and You'll Be...

Reading stuff that I think is worth sharing...

You did that to the tune of "Pure Imagination," right? I sure hope so. But yes, please do stop by here periodically to see if I've written anything. I will do my best to share when I've updated this blog on my socials. Go follow me on all the things!

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