In this last year my posts have been anything but regular. Far far from it. There have been times when I’ve wanted to post but didn’t. Didn’t have the motivation or the time or simply had different priorities.
It is not a well known fact that the last year has been a very difficult one for me. I had to focus my energy on my personal life and turned to cigars simply for the ritualistic nature, solace and companionship with my fellow b/sotl. The last thing I wanted to do was to sit and write anything. I even took long breaks from social media. I missed out on events I normally would have loved to attend. To be honest, I do not regret any of it.
Life happened. Sure there were obstacles. I lost my home in a tornado and as a result of that, I also lost my job. But I cannot regret or feel badly about that. I moved back to Maryland and had difficulty finding a job. Truthfully, I struggled with it. And it is with the help of my family and friends in the cigar industry that I have been able to make it through.
As I’m sitting here writing this now, my life as a whole is at a turning point. I have gotten rid of all in my life that was toxic and have forged a new path for myself, full of opportunity. One of which is a dream I have had for ten years, to pursue a career in massage therapy. I have been in school for a little over a month and have enjoyed every moment. I have made some wonderful friends. A year from now I will be a Licensed Massage Therapist.
I have had so much time to think about and develop my goals for myself and for awhile, I was not sure if I wanted to continue with my website. But I have such a passion for the cigar industry and all the people involved. I have a passion to learn and experience more as well as a passion to share my knowledge and experiences.
So that is EXACTLY why I’m writing this for you my dearest readers. I’m back. There will be more reviews, more dirty little hybrids, more articles with my thoughts regarding all things in the industry as well as some fun educational tidbits and of course the fun road trip videos!
For all of you, my friends and family, whether you knew my struggle or not but were there for me regardless… Thank you. Truly thank you. You are all amazing. This industry is chock full of some of the most incredible people I have ever encountered in my life.
With that being said, I’m going to light up a cigar and let the last 12 months dissipate with the smoke. And to quote a song from one of my favorite bands:
Sometimes you got to burn the past, to rise up, rise up from the ashes…-Burn Halo, Up From the Ashes
I really think they were singing about cigars.