Stories from the Road

June | Learning to Rest

A couple of months ago, I went to upload some content to Atlas Addict, and found the site disappeared. Great, I muttered under my breath, annoyed, and dialed customer support, confident that it was an issue on their end, and things would be back to normal in a couple of minutes. They weren’t though, and I was told that that the site was gone, permeantly.

I called Alysha. “Spin this in a positive way,” I said, frantically, and she did, beautifully, calling it a time to restart, a chance to rebrand [and that’s why she’s the fearless leader of this baby publication]. And, while I was relieved, I did not begin working on it. Because, while I’d like to say that I feverishly began the process of rebuilding the site, working through the night, confident and focused–I didn’t.

Instead, I went camping. I celebrated my 23rd birthday. I started running again. Spent nights swaying to live music, making friends, and, yeah, watching a lot of Netflix.

Atlas Addict has several regular contributors, but a large part of the work is done by five ladies, in particular: Alysha, Kate, Paige, Devinne, and yours truly. We run the social media, maintain the site, design layouts, send lots of emails, and write articles, as well-all, in addition to working full time jobs.

We are all new graduates, meaning that, in the last year, our lives have turned upside down more than once, by exciting ventures. Paige, Alysha and I have all moved and started new jobs in the last year–Devinne, Alysha, Kate and I have all graduated. Devinne spent a whole MONTH in Costa Rica–Kate’s currently moving to D.C. for a bomb internship. Our lives are constantly in flux, a beautiful yet occasionally frustrating side effect of being in our early to mid twenties that doesn’t always allow for lots of time spent on our “side hustle.”

I’m not sure if this quote is an actual quote from Banksy [it IS the internet, after all], but this quote has been on my mind for a little while. 

I’ve never been a quitter–I once showed up for field hockey try outs, hated it, but stayed for four years because I was determined not to quit. And frankly, I’m not sure if I really like to rest, ever, either. My brain is always hopping from one project to the next, never silent, always racing. But it was so needed, to step away from this place, for a month or two.

After a while, I started thinking more about AAQ, and the fearsome five started getting back in contact again, excited and full of plans for the summer ahead. And so, I’m happy to say we’re back, fully rested, ready for whatever’s ahead.

Let’s get back to work.

Shannon Broderick is the managing editor of Atlas Addict Quarterly. catch her on twitter or instagram at  @rootsroads. 

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