What’s this? A blog post? A video?
My little space here on the internet has been a lot of things over the years: My professional portfolio as I graduated college, a blog about public relations and marketing, my business website for freelancing and consulting, and most recently, a blank space for the past year while I navigated a major season of change… But as we start the new year, I wanted to reintroduce it as something a little more personal. I am getting back to blogging 2018—and YouTube, too!
I missed blogging ever since I shut down my personal style blog Coffee and Cardigans back in 2014. After that, writing became more of a business task, rather than something I did for joy. The idea of starting something like this was daunting—and to be honest, I probably published “my first post” and deleted it again at least a dozen times. Would anyone care enough to read? Was my new small town even worth writing about?
I’m sure the answer to both of those questions is “yes,” but the more I thought about it, those answers didn’t matter as much. Suddenly, launching a passion project that got me excited mattered. Bringing creativity back into my personal life mattered. So here we are, back at the beginning, almost four years later.
What was this “season of change?”
Before I get too far ahead of myself, there probably needs to be a little background story—some fancy cinematic prologue that airs before the actual movie starts. Back in 2016, I was a busy girl online. I ran the #CreativeCoffeeHour Twitter chat for almost two years, while side hustling as a communications consultant for creative ladies and blogging about marketing, social media and public relations on the regular.
And while I loved what I was doing in the digital space, things weren’t match up in real life. I was living far away from the people I cared about, working a job that didn’t fulfill me and striving towards a future that, in retrospect, I really didn’t want. After three years of chasing down the stereotypical definition of “success,” I was anxious, miserable and exhausted. I wasn’t going to be the next Andrea Sachs, and frankly, I didn’t want to be anymore. In the summer of 2016, several years after graduating college, I knew it was time for a change—and a dramatic one, because I suck at subtle life changes.
We’re talking about completely rewriting my definition of success and happiness, from a new city and a new apartment, to a new job and a new outlook on the future. And all that change? While it took me almost a year to catch my breath, that dramatic season of change saved me in more ways than one. You can hear the full story in the video above.
So what happens now?
These days, I’m living in a small town with one very big goal: Living life as the most honest, strong, balanced, and joy-filled version of me I can be. And this blog is the place I’m documenting all of it here on the blog and over on YouTube. I don’t know exactly what this space is going to look like, nor have I started dreaming up any crazy big visions for it. More than anything, I’m just excited to be back to creating—and sharing, if you are still reading this, you amazing human.
I’ll be here throughout the week with new content, as well as over on YouTube with new videos every Saturday and Wednesdays. Thanks for being here, friends!