Although my digital footprint suggests that I vanished two months ago, I am in fact alive and well! I have been busy focusing on my career (i.e. averting existential crisis), and as a result, I will be starting a new job soon. After a period of feeling a bit stuck and indecisive, I'm excited to begin the next half of the year with a clearer sense of direction. I hope to do the same thing here in this space. 

It is increasingly important for me to feel that I am pursuing work, play, etc. that I believe in wholeheartedly. In recent months, I'd been feeling halfhearted about social media, like I was adding to the noise without much sense of substance or purpose. So while concentrating on other priorities, I decided to take some virtual time off. I've tried to write a pithy account of "internet noise and what we should do about it," but the result sounds too sanctimonious. Though we do it often, and sometimes rightly, I'm very wary of deeming one person's contributions less "valuable" than another's. (After all, I've spent a good deal of time studying dead languages...) Suffice it to say that it pays to be intentional about how you spend your time and energy. Make sure you find worth and joy in what you do; tune into cognitive dissonance and reduce it whenever possible. During my virtual hiatus, I hopped off all the bandwagons and identified some aspects of blogging that I didn't miss at all, while also realizing I was itching to get back to this space, share my thoughts and connect with others. 

Over the next few weeks, you may notice some reorienting of this blog's content and format, with the goal of developing greater focus. Thank you so much for your kind messages during my blogging hiatus, and for sticking around despite the silence!