Right on Schedule

What you are about to read is an excerpt from my very first blog post, written exactly one year ago to date and apparently before I knew what a tag or a decent title was.

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Hello WordPress! 

This post will mark the beginning of an experiment for me.  Today will be spent exploring this place, and figuring out what it is all about. I have a specific job in mind for the future, in a place far from where I am now. Being efficient in WordPress is one of the skills I will need if I ever hope to get there. If my course changes between now and then, I can, at the very least, eliminate “Create a Blog” from my bucket list. [...]

Basically, this will turn in to what it turns in to. It could very well just end up being a pile of laundry that never gets hung up.

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I remember where I was before I wrote this.I was floating with the current of a stream. The stream was not unpleasant. It was lukewarm, steady. Which isn’t ideal if you are talking about a bath, but for streams it’s okay. The stream was predictable, save for a few sporadic tree limbs here and there, and there were no dams or sudden drop offs to worry about. I was easily but hardly enthusiastically riding this stream and dealing with its insignificant obstacles when suddenly I thought, “Where is this taking me?”

That’s when everything shifted. I realized I couldn’t place where this stream was ultimately leading me or why I was so content with mindlessly floating towards such a vague destination. While continuing to drift at the same pace, I looked around. I looked back behind me, up-stream. I knew I was looking for something, but it felt like trying to find my car in the movie theater parking lot without the panic button.

Finally, I saw a glimpse of something. It was impossibly fuzzy but equally as clear in its aura and had a familiarity about it. I immediately dug my feet into the mud at the bottom of my stream to rest at a halt. Hypnotized almost immediately, I began thrashing my way towards it. Despite the uncertainty I felt surrounding this mirage I had spotted, something relentlessly compelled me to fight the current.

Does anyone else instantly think of urine when reading the word stream? I know all of you do, so stop that. This is supposed to be a serious post. Back to the meaning of this whole metaphorical stream lazy river story.

The creation of this blog was a catalyst in my life that changed my direction. It was the halting foot in the mud. The turnaround was towards a life that no one told me was attainable. It was the mirage that I’ve come to realize is anything but. 

The Becca before the blog was a self doubting, play it safe kind of gal with absolutely no tolerance for risk taking. In my head it was always, “Follow the leader. Do as you are told. Follow the rules. Be compliant.”

Today I think about the before Becca. Before all of the rusty first posts, ideas that sparked from a simple hole in my slice of bread, or my first taste of a following. I think about before the laughs, the inside jokes, and the friendships, partnerships, and relationships that have evolved. Before Movember, Freshly Pressed, or delving into video editing. I think about what it was like before I could fathom having any real control over where my life was going. Fuck before.

Thank you to every single person I have met through blogging who connected with me on some level, helped me, supported me, pep talked me, laughed with me, laughed at me, tolerated me talking about my cat, and didn’t judge me for my long john obsession. You and I are the ones who got me to this new confident state I am in and allowed me to turn my whole perspective around. I am now  fighting the current, but I have the advantage of control to navigate my way around the obstacles instead of helplessly letting the downstream current drag me into them. I can also actually see the outline of where I am headed, and it looks more defined every day.

When I cheesily named my blog 25toFly and wrote that stab in the dark first post, I had broadly defined my destination. In four months I will be 25. Fly time. And I have every reason to believe I am still right on schedule. But for today my blog is one year old, and so is Becca. The real Becca please stand up.

Blogger Summit 2013 update tomorrow!

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Becca Cord is a twenty-something year old southern ballerina turned humor writer and video editor. Having lived in Louisiana her entire life, she is now perusing her travel dreams while starting her own free-lance Web Marketing business and organizing a nation wide blogging event, Blogger Interactive. She believes one of her callings is making people laugh, and she intends to do so. You can find Becca on her personal blog, Facebook page, or Twitter @becca25tofly.

Posted on March 20, 2013, in How I Knew, Humor and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 93 Comments.

  1. Wow, those five year journals are working their magic, aren’t they? ;) I can really relate to the feet in the mud feeling (and now I have to pee). Congrats on 1 year, Becca–you’re awesome and you just keep getting awesomer!

  2. Sorry I’m late * pant… pant… pant * I just got word about your anniversary and came running as soon as I heard * pant… pant… pant * Did I miss it?! Please forgive me. It’s a long way from Oregon to Louisiana, but I just wanted * pant… pant… pant * to tell you how much — in the short time I’ve been a follower — I have come to enjoy opening up my email and seeing your * pant… pant… pant * blog post waiting. Love your humor, your perspectives, your insights and whatever your hair color is. Whew! Man am I out of shape! * deep breath * Anyway, I think I’ll head back now, but I just wanted to wish you a happy blogger-versary, Becca! …. um, do you know the way back to Oregon…?

    • Ned!!!! Oh my gosh, here… take my respirator. I keep these things handy. You know, being a smoker and all. Womp.

      How kind of you to jog from Oregon to Louisiana (even if you cyber jogged) and leave me such a lovely comment. I am honored that you enjoy my writing! I’ve equally enjoyed your presence here, as well as your blog. I may not always comment, but I lurk!

      Oregon is by Europe right? ;)

      • Whew! Just made it back. Caught a ride with a family of banjo players heading to the west coast. They said I has a pretty mouth, which was odd, but nice. Anyway You’re so welcome for the kind words. I truly enjoy your humorous take on things and your sharp wit — Whoa! Careful where you swing that thing! Glad we can share mutual lurking. And, yes: Oregon is that small country between Ikantstandit, Poland and LeSockinpants, France.

  3. Well, here’s to flying off! And to enjoying the journey, wherever it takes you, however it takes you. I agree, being in control of the journey is far, far better than being in a rut that only has the occasional lump, because after all, if you’re in a rut, you’re in a rut and you’re just going to make it deeper and harder to get out of.

  4. Sweetheart, happy birthday ;) your blog is the awesomest ever! keep up brightening everyone’s days ;)

  5. Happy Anniversary, and wonderful post, Becca. You are awesome, and if we lived closer, I would definitely be “that person” who would always be trying to get you to meet our 26-year-old son. ;-) I apologize for that now.

  6. Best blog anniversary post ever.
    Happy flying!

  7. You are awesome. You are the type of person I’d be – I mean I AM – proud to call “friend”. I could see us getting along amazingly well in person. You are an extremely talented, motivated young lady. And you’re hilarious, so there’s 1,203,232,234,243,234,000 bonus points. Yup.

  8. Becca,
    You’re the type of young lady, I hope my daughter resembles at 25.
    Best of luck.
    By the way, you’re the first member of my newly-launched blogroll. Savor the flavor.

  9. Happy bloggiversary!

    Glad you kept writing.

  10. Congrats on your blogoversary, Becca. I’m glad that you have a clear direction you want to follow and the determination to get there now. I think the sky is truly the limit for you.

  11. *throws around with ribbons and balloons and cupcakes* Happy Blogoversary, Becca! Here’s to many, many more years. I’m so glad I found you in the blogoshpere. I have Jen and Le Clown to thank for that. It’s amazing what can happen in a year huh? And it’s only starting! I adore your posts, your writing and your vlogs and well…just you. :)

    My brains are fried today, too many paint sniffing, so I lost my train of thought…I’ll always be one of your many fans! Also, here’s to our little collaboration soon *clinks with cupcake beer*

    • TJ,

      My lord girl, you are a talent and a half. Seeing your drive and ambition with your art has motivated me to keep on trucking. No lie. I am so glad to have you in my circle. Thanks for the virtual celebration! I am looking forward what is to come with partnering up with you as well. I’m sending you a huge southern hug ma’am!

  12. I am glad you started blogging because, in all seriousness, you made the blogosphere way cooler and way more worthwhile than I ever expected it to be. You’re sweet and hilarious and incredibly supportive of so many people. You’re who more people should strive to be, red hair and all.

    And as far as your flying goes, I will find you a magic feather like the one Dumbo had if it will help. You need to fly and I want to see it.

    • My dearest Mike, that is incredibly sweet of you to say. But I wouldn’t expect any less from you. I’ve been honored to have you as a follower not only because of your continued support and my (envious) respect for you as a writer, but also because you make me laugh. Every. Single. Comment. I wouldn’t trade that for the world. You are one of a kind Calahan!

      How about I build a pair of wings out of the cardboard shipping boxes piling up in my pantry and jump off of my balcony all while recording it for a special vlog specially from Becca to Calahan?

      What do you mean that has been done before and didn’t go well? It sounds fool proof to me. Hm. Whatever.

  13. Happy blogoversary, Becca! What an amazing twelve months it’s been for you! I always enjoy reading about your new adventures as a young woman trying to conquer the world. Or, at the very least, trying to conquer your dreams. You’ve been a bright spot of sunshine for so many!

  14. I really only started following about a couple of months ago, so I guess I don’t get credit for being a true Becca follower. Congrats on your blogiversary. Did you get the cool 1 year badge from WordPress yet? Got mine earlier this month!

    • All that counts is that you are a Becca follower now! Thanks Ben! I actually did get the badge. I didn’t know there was one until I saw a little trophy in the notifications tab. I think I got way too excited. But fuck it. One year status gives me free reign to get excited over stuff like that.

  15. I have been following since the beginning, I think. I have loved the evolution of Becca. You have made me laugh so often, and I feel like we are friends. I look forward to many more blogs from the hilariously inspiring Becca!

    • Sometimes I am baffled to think about how outstanding it is that people like you have stuck around since then, Cheryl. I am beyond grateful for that. Making people laugh brings me great joy and even more so when I get to form friendships with them through that laughter. Thank you.

  16. Congrats, Becca! Wow, look how much you’ve grown. It’s been a pleasure to be your friend, and I continue to be inspired by your ambition. You go, girl!

  17. Congratulations to you and your blog! It’s amazing what happens in a year, isn’t it? You’re still so young, and you’d be surprised what changes occur in such a short period of time. When I was your age, I was still in California dreaming of new adventures somewhere else. At 31, I’m proud to call Portland, Oregon my home. I can’t believe I’ve been here for 4 1/2 years already! It’s incredible how things just…happen.

    I’m so glad I met you here. You are truly an awesome person, and I can’t wait to hug you at the Blogger Meetup.

    • Jen, you are definitely one of the main people I think about when I think of who inspires me to go for it all, and I want to sincerely thank you for that. I am equally as grateful for the friendship we have developed. I’m going to bring it in for a huge bro-style (but slightly girly) hug at the meet up. Thanks again love!

  18. Becca,
    You are such an incredible person, and there are so many things that I admire about you. It sounds cliche, I know, but I’m speaking from the heart when I say that. One of the things I admire about you most is your drive. Your determination to forge a happy life for yourself is inspiring – it makes me smile. Yes, Its hard to go against the grain, and it’s even harder to break away from the familiar people in your life – the people that at one point served as a support group – But it’s why we’re here – to be happy. It’s the much more difficult path, yes. Really difficult, actually, but thats why there are so many unhappy people merely surviving, rather than thriving. To them, life should just be safe – not happy.

    You understand life.

    Keep going. Don’t ever look back, and don’t put other people’s happiness before your own – just keep moving forward. If you stop moving before you get to that place, your feet will just sink into the mud – forcing you to stay in a place where you’ll never truly bloom. Find that piece of fertile ground and flourish. You will, I know it. You’re too talented and driven to ever fall short of that goal. In the meantime,

    I. Will. Always. Support. You. \m/

    • Adam, It’s a part of that being a “human being” instead of a “human doing” idea we talked about. I love that. As hard as it is to think and live in that forward way among the nay sayers and negativity, there are those beacons of like who are rare people like you. And that gives me reassurance.

      Thank you for inspiring me, encouraging me, and understanding me. I truly value you for the person you are. You’ve got the understanding too, and just as I won’t let my self stop moving forward, I won’t accept you not doing the same! We. Got. This.

      THANK YOU.

  19. Happy Blirthday, happy blogaversary!

  20. Happy Birthday. Nice to know you didn’t have to have a shower after standing in that stream.

  21. Congrats on the success! I read this post and thought, “hmm it must be salmon mating season.”

    Seriously though, keep up the good work and never stop fighting that current!

  22. Kudos on the blog business….and being young. Dammit! Maybe you can write a super successful post about how to not wake up feeling rickety. If I was a boy, I’d call myself Rickety Martin.

    • Adrienne, after twenty years of dance and forcing my flexibility, I feel rickety sometimes even at my young age. At least typing hasn’t started to hurt yet ;).

      Thank you for the kudos!

  23. Kind of amazing the difference a year can make, eh? You are one amazing lady and it is a pleasure to watch you grow and transform on your blog. Blogging kind of saved my life too so I know exactly what you mean. xoxo

  24. sorry. got here by accident. was looking for a harlem shake video with animated cats.

    hey, nice blog.

  25. Happy Anniversary. :) feels good, ehe?

    • Certainly! Thank you. I wish I had a screenshot of my layout and everything from the very beginning. So I could compare how different it all looks. Oh well!

  26. Happy Birthday Becca. Congratulations on a great year. You are most certainly right about it being a rebirth. It’s a transformation, really. It bring forth a passion that not many of us knew we had. With it comes friendships, relationships, and partnerships with others. But what it mostly does is bring us in line with our true selves. We “awaken” to the possibilities within ourselves. We come into this “world” as naive children. We take risks we would never take in the “real world” and yes, we do find out who we ultimately are. We find our true potential. It is up to us to continue the journey. I hope you do. I hope you know that you are so much more than funny. I hope you know that you are genuine. Real. Even in the blogosphere, you are real.

    • Wow Renee, give me the tinglies why don’t you! That last part really struck me. Thank you and thank you again. The fact that you consider me to be a real genuine person is actually the highest compliment to me.

      You’re absolutely correct about the journey. You have full control of your life as long as you constantly keep a hold of knowing it!

  27. Congratulations on accomplishing so much in a year. My anniversary’s not til September, but I’d be lucky to accomplish half of what you have. You should be proud of yourself girl! You’re no trout!

    …Or catfish.

    • Catfish are nasty, feisty little buggers. So thanks. I am glad not to be a fish in general. I would taste delicious fried though….

      What were we talking about?

      Ah, yes, blogging. Thank you sincerely for the compliment. It means the world to me to have the support. You ma’am, will likely have more to brag about come September than you can handle. The first time I really explored your site I was highly impressed. You’ve got it. Don’t stop!

  28. Congrats Becca.
    I think I’m also a different person from the day I started to blog, this things changes a lot of things, specially the people you get to “met”.
    Tags will never be my things, and titles, well, I just pic random words. I have yet to learn how to write a proper blog post.

    • I think you are doing just fine Leo! Thanks for the congrats. I remember starting this blog and wondering if I would even keep at it for a month let alone a whole year, so looking at all that I have accomplished is something for which I feel I can pat myself on the back.

      The people are the icing on the cake :)

  29. Congratulations on quite a milestone!

  30. As someone who can’t come up with decent tags or titles, I feel I should defend your one year younger self out of my own sense of inadequacy rather than genuine chivalry. Wait, what?

  31. Ashley Austrew

    So awesome to read this. Blogging can be transformative in a way you never imagined. Happy blog and Real Becca birthday!

  32. Happy Birthday to the Real Becca! :D Your blog is a worthy and inspiring read!

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