Hello Reader, Welcome to my Blog

Hi. My name is Keighlene Holley Welch. Keighlene pronounced Ky-leen, Holley like the carburetor, Welch like the grape juice. I’m 19, and I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and about six months ago I decided to do something crazy. I left my family, friends, and past in Phoenix and moved up to Bellingham, Washington. Talk about a change of scenery, right? I now live with my grandparents on my mom’s side. I moved up here because I wanted a new start after graduating high school, and I wanted to take a year off from school completely and “find myself” so to speak. I wanted to know exactly how I wanted to spend the next 40-50 years of my life. However, when I got here I decided to go into the work force. Since then I have worked in a bakery, a fast food restaurant, and I currently work as a cashier at a grocery store. I have discovered new things about myself, as I explore my likes and dislikes that I didn’t even know I had. I discovered I have an insatiable appetite for adventure. I have also found that I’m afraid of heights after hiking Oyster Dome.

I’ve been here for six months, and I can honestly say I have never missed my old home more than I do now. I miss my parents, my best friend, my pets, my old job… But I think most of all I miss routine. I miss going to school every day, and working on weekends. I had a set-in-stone schedule. And during those four years of school, there was nothing I wanted more than to be out. I could not wait to graduate, move on, start my life, and be on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked school and learning, but I couldn’t wait to not have a routine. I wanted more than ever to be free, and do what I want when I want.

And I have that now, almost. I work, but it doesn’t feel routine because I don’t work every day, and my open availability has let my schedule be anywhere from 7 to noon, or 3:30 to midnight. That’s not a routine. In my down time, I feel lost. And I will admit, I spend more time on my phone during my free time than I’m happy with, but that’s why I moved up here. I need some hobbies. I go on walks with my grandma sometimes, and when my grandpa starts a new woodworking project, or logs into Photoshop to edit the pictures he took in the park, I look over his shoulder and try to learn some things. And I have learned so many things since being here. I’ve learned that the bigger the snowflake, the warmer it is above the clouds. I’ve learned how to master driving in snowy and icy conditions in my manual car. I’ve learned how to drive a manual car.

I’ve also developed some hobbies. This is a new one. Blogging. I’ve started dancing. Taking lessons? Not really. But I go to a smaller venue every Thursday night for Bellingham Community Fusion. It’s $5 to get in, to learn some new steps for an hour, and then dance the night away with some incredible people. I have met so many amazing people at this new found love of dancing. Not only is it fun, but it’s somewhere that I can let go. After a crap day at work, or when I just feel down and miss Arizona, or feel stuck in life, I always look forward to dancing on Thursdays. I ordered a macro and wide angle lens that I can attach to my phone, and it is AWESOME.

  

With that introduction, hello reader, welcome to my blog. 🙂

 

2 comments to Hello Reader, Welcome to my Blog

  • What a great post and some awesome pictures! Glad all is going well and you are having fun, can’t wait to read more stories. Love ya kid!

    Love,
    Daddy-O

  • Judy Welch

    Hello my dear. I so enjoyed your post and of course the pictures. I am so very proud of you and glad you are enjoying your new life. Will be looking forward to reading more about your new adventures. So until then, always remember you are always in my heart.
    Love you
    Grandma

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