After over two years of writing relationship columns for the Alaska Highway News, it’s with a bit of sadness that I’m saying goodbye to my readers today and putting away the pen.
It’s been a great run, but life (as we know life does) has gotten too busy and a bit too demanding for me to be able to keep up with my column as I’d like to.
You have all been wonderful readers. You have voted me best local columnist in the People’s Choice Awards, you have written to me with your comments, you have approached me out and about town with your compliments and topic suggestions and you have all been very supportive.
The funniest thing about this all is that, three weeks after I started writing about dating back in 2012, I met my husband. Some people said it happened that way because I put the energy out there into the universe so it came back to me; other single friends laughed and told me, “Well it worked for you. Maybe I’ll start a dating column, too!”
All of this has been fun and there’s nothing I love more than expressing myself with words. I’ve never had a problem calling a spade a spade or putting my opinion out there, and people seemed to enjoy that. My edginess has always been a big part of my writing, whether it’s my column or my blogs or even some works I’ve had published.
Being too honest (or blunt) has its own ups and downs, and I’m sure some people have attributed my relationship topics or problems with my own relationship (which isn’t necessarily true), but I’m not one to walk on eggshells.
If I’ve ever offended anyone with my writing, I apologize, but I also hope that after over two years writing my column I’ve made people laugh, made people think and possibly even made people stop and re-evaluate their own relationships.
Most of all, I hope that I’ve inspired people who are struggling in their own relationships to try harder, approach things a bit differently, or maybe even walk away if they need to. Dating isn’t easy, neither are marriages. Anything worth having involves hard work and often deserves that hard work, but you also need to know (and be strong enough) to walk away if it’s wrong.
It all comes down to happiness.
Everyone deserves to be happy, but happiness doesn’t stem from being with someone. Sometimes it’s better to be happy and be alone than to be miserable with the wrong person just for the sake of being in a relationship.
So to the singles out there, stick to your guns and your standards and the right person will show up. It can take years to find that someone, but it’ll be worth it – trust me, I know.
To everyone else, thank you for the years of support and kind words. I will miss all of it. Also thank you to the Alaska Highway News for giving me a platform to voice my opinion on a weekly basis, and hopefully helping some of our wonderful readers along the way.
Katie Maximick is a newlywed freelance writer who firmly believes that wine is a girl's best friend, not diamonds. Her writing can be polarizing, but at least it won't lie to your face. Follow her on Twitter @KMaximick.