Last year on December 2 was the day I started onesecondspring. Happy 1st birthday, onesecondspring. I'm both amazed and happy at how much you have grown over the past year! I'm so grateful for all the love that has been showered onto my blog and as I'm writing this, we have hit 611,800 page views. The best thing of all is that all these page views are from readers all over the world! I wish I could reach out to each one of you - in all these countries that I can only dream about, but yet, at any one moment, we have connected through words about a foreign language we are both trying to understand.
At the root of it all, I think our connection stems from love - an almost child-like notion of love birthed from fairytales - where princesses exist, even dragons and princes. But at this day and age, we know that princesses can save themselves and the prince, and at the heart of it all, we may all be dragons inside of us. And, if we want beauty, we must fight in pursuit of it.
I told my husband a few days ago when I saw that old Human of New Yorks post - that it gave my heart so much feels, it was almost as if I was experiencing that first free fall of love all over again. And, sometimes, I get readers' feedback that reading the translated stories or my fiction feels like that (and I feel all these happy butterflies inside of me).
December is both the blog's birthday month and my real birthday month - hence my pseudonym, decembi. But, it has long become a part of me.
I hope to continue writing and translating and sharing about all the wondrous things in the world. I hope you will continue to grow up with onesecondspring! I have so many little dream projects I would like to do! Perhaps one of them is #modernlovestories, where people share about their real life love stories (not necessarily romantic) and we can all bask in that warm afterglow. So, please do share about your own stories either through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through comments (hashtag #modernlovestories). I will do entries about it and maybe write short one chapter fiction inspired by these #modernlovestories.
December is a season for giving and sharing! Do look out for more birthday goodies! ;)