Hey there, I’m Grace. If you had to sum me up in three phrases, they’d probably sound something like this: enthusiastic reader, avid movie-watcher and curious traveler. I started blogging in 2011 and spending time here, writing posts and reading other people’s blogs, is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time.
So, why “Cultural Life”? My blog name origin story stems from my interest in writing about multiple topics which are broadly related to culture: books, movies, music, language and linguistics, food, travel and the world.
Adding “life” in the title gives me the scope to bring aspects of my own life into my posts. Although I don’t often blog purely about what’s going on in my life, Cultural Life gives me the freedom to write about aspects of my life as well as acknowledging that our daily lives are bound up in culture.
Until recently, this bio focused on my academic aspirations. My plan was to finish my undergrad, specializing in linguistics, and go straight to grad school, followed by an academic job. As I wrote then: “I like to think that I have my career neatly planned and mapped out for the next decade or so (i.e. study, study and more study!) but who knows what is around the next corner?”
That sentence was strangely accurate — who knows what is around the next corner, indeed? I graduated successfully and began my Master’s degree a few months later. However, due to several reasons (including the fact that I unexpectedly found a wonderful job shortly after I graduated), I decided to put it on pause.
My love of linguistics is still strong, but for now I’m happy to put my academic aspirations on indefinite hold. I have blogged about my love for academia, and that hasn’t gone away, but this choice simply felt right. And one of the best things about writing here is that it gives me a space to talk about linguistic research and academic issues.
I enjoy being part of the WordPress community, and I’ve got to know so many wonderful bloggers here in my five years of blogging. Cultural Life is a space for me to write about topics that I love. My proudest moment so far as a blogger was when the WordPress editors chose one of my posts to be Freshly Pressed.
It was an emotional post for me to write and I was blown away by all the lovely comments and the amazing amount of hits my blog received. Here’s a link to my FPed post: Saying Goodbye. You can check out a showcase of my other posts in the Best of Cultural Life section.
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