I honestly started Tanned & Salty last year as a way to ease my boredom at work. At the time, I was working an incredibly stale job and I found myself candy crushing at my desk more than I would like. I started off on the right foot, creating content that reflected what was going on in my life. As I began writing, I was instantly transported back to my college English class, balls deep in a 7 page essay and soaking in the euphoric feeling of words spilling from my mind onto the page. Writing has always been therapeutic for me, a means of expression and self discovery. My writing process would uncover opinions and outlooks I never knew I had. Unfortunately, these types of things fall by the wayside when you put your big girl pants on and time is consumed by making money and dealing with ugh....responsibilities.
Actually, my decision to toss Tanned & Salty aside was due to lack of direction. I was so overcome by the idea of people being stoked on my content that I began posting about topics I felt people would enjoy. Big mistake. I created this for myself, and my focus had completely shifted. This time around, everything will be different. My focus is authenticity, about writing what is real and true to me. If people happen to enjoy it, well then that is just a cherry on top. This year, my resolution, if you will, is to be my most authentic self.