Happy New Year!

I just want to say… wow.

A year ago, I was in the middle of getting ready to go teach English in South Korea, something I’d been thinking about doing for awhile but was also partly doing because I didn’t know what else to do with myself after dropping out of grad school. I had talked to John Loftus about joining Freethought Blogs, but hadn’t e-mailed Ed yet, and was thinking about calling it quits on the blogging if I didn’t get picked up by Freethought Blogs.

Now: I’m at Patheos and also working for the Singularity Institute. Between the two of those things, I’m making enough money to have quit my teaching. It’s been a little over three months since my last day on the job, and I’m still getting used to seeing myself as a full-time writer. I’ve spent at least half my life dreaming about being where I am right now, and totally would not have guessed I’d be here already a year ago. When I meet people as I travel, I feel awkward telling them about it–not because I’m worried they’ll look down on me, but because I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to brag about it.

Anyway, here’s a photo from my New Year’s Eve on Haad Rin beach in Thailand: