So it’s been one month since I started this blog and I already love it so much! I’m having a great time learning things myself and then writing to hopefully help y’all learn something too. 2016 has been a huge year for me and I only see it getting better from here. From moving away from home and everyone I know, to getting my first solo apartment, to growing as an individual like I never thought possible, I’ve had a lot of highs and lows. But it’s all how you play the cards you’re dealt. I had been struggling for a while to find my passion, and between all of the beer tasting events, endless bottles of Samuel Smith’s chocolate stout, and the craft your own pack buys at Wegmans, I thought to myself, “Self, you like beer. You want to know more about beer. You want to brew your own beer. You should do that!”

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with a woman who is opening up her own brewery here in Charlotte and it was an inspiration to me. I thought if she can go after her dream, so can I. While I do not know exactly what that is yet, whether it’s being a brewer or employee for someone else’s brewery or opening up my own, I do know that I am going to start going after it! Be open to new possibilities, try to find the silver lining, ask questions, don’t be afraid to fail, and if it’s something you truly want, never give up.

While I know this is a brand new blog, I want to hear some feedback. Do you like certain topics better than others? Is there something specific you want to see? Do you enjoy reading my posts? Do you learn anything? I am constantly seeking knowledge, it’s part of the reason I started this blog, and I want to share it with others. I once told someone, I’d like to be the Bill Nye for beer. Now that may sound silly but he was an influential person in a lot of children’s lives and taught kids that science is cool. He used friendly words and fun activities to engage and target his audience but never tried to make them feel belittled, he empowered them. For the most part we all drink beer, it is the world’s most widely consumed and possibly oldest alcoholic beverage but how does it go from grain to glass? That’s where I come in and what I’m trying to do with Thoughtful Pours. Engage my audience and teach others about a topic that many don’t really know much on but find it pretty cool.  So please, leave your feedback or a note telling me what you might like to read or learn about. I’ll be waiting with a pint in hand and an open heart.