SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Nice to meet you, where you been? I could show you incredible things…
First and foremost, hi there! *waves* Whether you’ve come to have a sticky because I’ve commented on your own wonderful blog, or you’ve come from my social media links, or by pure chance, you’ve stumbled across my little (liminal) space on the interwebs, welcome and thank you for stopping by!
do try my best to keep this short and sweet – something that my English Extension 2 mentor knew was a struggle (#thestruggleisreal) – perhaps even equivalent to my efforts to stop buying nice clothes constantly (more about that to come). So maybe it’d be a good idea to grab a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the ramble. Shall we?
Having my own blog has been at the top of my bucket list for a very long time – so much so that my musings about what it’d look like and what I’d post were my go-to methods of procrastination from writing my 50th english essay, doing that maths practice paper… you name it. But hold up, I have a habit of skipping ahead of myself (the woes of having a crazy 100 miles per hour brain).
So I’m Adela *shakes hand and/or hugs* and I’m a born and bred Sydney girl. I’m currently living the high life (according to everyone still stuck in high school), because at the end of October last year, I officially finished high school. This ‘high life’, a.k.a 4 months of doing whatever on earth I please until I’m plunged back in the education system, has so far, been absolutely wonderful. Which brings me back to the fact that I figured it was also the perfect time for me to start this little blog of mine. Bringing in my love for English again (sorry!), this 4 month period parallels that of the photo you saw at the very top – me turning my back on high school and all that has passed, but simultaneously facing the rising sun, marking the start of a new phase in life, new experiences, new friends, infinite possibilities… (poignant, right?). Or as Drusilla Modjeska put it way more nicely than me in The Orchard:
From my vantage point between [two phases of life]… on the borderline of becoming… with one hand reaching back and the other stretching forward…
So I guess this blog is going to be written by the me who is currently on the borderline between high school and university, a diary of sorts, accompanying me as I enter this new phase in my life both literally and metaphorically.
As for my obsession with liminal spaces, let me explain. During my teenage years, I’ve always been plagued by this one question – what exactly is my style? I’d read all these magazine articles and take quizzes in attempts to solve my burning question. To no avail of course. Me, I’ve always been drawn to so many different and contradicting styles. Par exemple – one day I feel like rocking a loose white tee, ripped boyfriend jeans and converse but yet the next morning, I’ll feel like a peter pan collar lace top, circle skirt and heels. So I guess this pretty much inspired styliminal. – my blog is a space where it’s okay to have multiple selves/styles, and for them to co-exist and also blur and shift. A liminal space, which I discovered whilst studying ‘Life Writing’ in English Extension last year, is a space between these various and disparate entities, and that when explored and embraced, allows an individual to reach a level of greater self-understanding. A space where boundaries are allowed to be – and constantly – blurred and redefined.
But enough of that… this is turning into an english essay already (oops!).
So welcome… I hope you’ll enjoy exploring this liminal space with me, find your own, explore it, and maybe, just maybe, gain some insight into your own personal style (or styles!).
PS- let me know in the comments below what you think is in your own liminal space!
Featured image credit: Shine By Three