Hi, everyone! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Holly, an English teacher from Kentucky engaged to a wonderful man, Micah, who is an airline pilot. 2016 has been an incredible year, full of ups and downs (as every year is), but it has mostly been a year of new beginnings and adventure.
For those of you who do know me, you may remember some of the blogs I've written in the past. My first one was a travel blog (before I knew what a travel blog was), chronicling my adventures living abroad in Ireland during my student teaching six years ago. I was curious if it was still floating around on the internet somewhere, and to my amazement, it is! I didn't write that many posts while there, but finding this blog felt a little bit like finding a dusty diary in the attic--fun to remember what it was like to be 23, single, and discovering the world all on my own for the first time. If you would like to read about a very excited Kentuckian in her early twenties living in Ireland, you can find it here.
More recently, I wrote a blog called Something Lovely. I created this blog during a time when I really needed something lovely in my life. I was inspired by a video, actually, called This is Water, that is narrated by a commencement speech delivered years ago by David Foster Wallace. In his speech he talks about how happiness in life is a choice, and we can choose to run an on automatic setting of viewing life as unaccommodating and unfair, or we can choose to see the goodness and beauty in life. I needed this blog. I needed to force myself to see the good, and writing was the best way I knew how to explore it further.
Now, after taking a year-and-a-half break from writing, I am landing on this new blog, Holly Goes on Holiday. I suppose it will be a bit of a mix of my first two blogs, documenting the adventures that Micah and I take, as well as exploring humanity and the constant search for the good in life. When I first moved to Ireland, my dad reminded me in an email how much I loved being a child--each day felt like a new beginning for play and imagination, and I would often say I never wanted to grow up. He then said something that has always stuck with me: enjoy being grown up the way that you did your youth. And that is exactly what I am trying to do. This is the story of travel, life, and love.