Nineteen months! That is how long I have been blogging now. It feels like years and years. I think it is similar to a summer or traveling romance where you spend so much time together that you cover a lifetime in mere months. Instead of dating maybe once or twice a week, you are together almost 24/7 and by month two you are like an old married couple (meaning intimate and past the pretense stage).
Or maybe it is like dog years?
Who knows. What I do know is that in this time I have grown and changed and looked within myself and outward to you all.
Last year was extremely draining for me running the 52 weeks to simplify your life challenge. I wanted so badly to stick with it even as it was draining me (hello – time off, I needed you). I lost a little part of me. I also gained other parts of me so I still look back on it with love and appreciation. I connected with some amazing bloggers (including ladies who became bloggers just to do the challenge – awesome). I challenged myself and pushed through so many boundaries.
Thankfully I then went on holiday to the States for 5 1/2 weeks with my family.
Best decision ever.
I loved being at “home” and seeing my friends and family and getting concentrated time with my husband and girls.
More than anything though I loved being with myself. I had time to read, think, write, play, breathe, explore, daydream.
As the days passed I felt layers dropping away, like abandoned clothing piece by piece as they fall to the floor.
My mind started to go crazy with ideas. I itched to be creative. I longed to stretch myself in every way possible.
I set my words for the year – create, connect and clean – while on the trip.
I came home and we adopted a dog within days.
I am out walking with her up to three times a day – fresh air, moving my body, letting my mind roam free.
I am writing, doodling, painting and finding my old creative self who was asleep under a massive pile of blankets.
I can hear my thoughts clearer than ever before and slowly I am connecting to my vision and purpose as I go forward.
What does this mean for the blog?
Well, as I evolve so too will this space.
From day one I have had a button on my sidebar and a sign off for my posts. They read “find your simple”. My message has always been underneath my posts – authenticity and intentionally living. I plan to revamp this space with a new tagline (first test drive is up on the header now), new categories and greater focus on my message and journey.
A lot of what I wrote previously fell under a broad category on the side bar “personal development and inspiration”. That is where my heart is and I will categorise those posts to break them out by topic. The words in the images above give you a good indication of what I will be writing about.
I will still write about parenting and family life – rituals and routines, rhythm of a home, celebrations, simple home life, connection and creative ways to play and grow together.
There will be less organising, household management and productivity writing in the practical sense and more exploring this from different angles in relation to being more intentional.
Beyond this space I already hang out a lot on Facebook with many of you, but it is a love-hate relationship due to changes that go on there. When deciding how I want to go forward more social media was not the answer for me. I wanted something I would own and a way I could connect with people where they could choose to hear from me or not (rather than an algorithm or timing deciding that – damn you Facebook).
I hope you will sign up to receive my monthly “yet-to-be-named musings” and receive my first ebook “The intentional living playbook” while it is available. I promise not to needlessly clutter up your in box and only get in touch once or twice a month with tools, tips and resources that will inspire and push you forward on your own journey.
If you are out there reading along would love to hear from you in the comments more or however works for you. My intention with this blog was always to create a space for conversation and my hope is that more of you will come out of the wood work and delurk to comment. Never worry about what you write just jump in! If you are new here and want to know more about me there is a whole new page waiting for you here.
If you are a blogger has your own space evolved and change over time?
What do you all think about where I am headed – are you still with me? I am so excited – and that has to be a good thing!
Find your simple,
Linking up with Jess for IBOT – check out all the wonderful blogs and I am sure you will find some that are just right for you!