Happy Monday to you! As you've noticed, my blogging presence has decreased as of late. Not because I don't enjoy blogging, but as I said last week, life has just been hectic and busy. This means blogging has been put on the back burner so to speak while I get caught up with everything else going on. I'm actually heading out of town again this weekend, so I'm scrambling to get a few things done before I pack my bags and hit the road!
I've also been spending a lot of time lately deciding how I want to move forward with my blog. I started blogging in November of 2011 (I can't believe it's been that long!) with intentions of my blog being about how I was learning to celebrate the goodness in my life. Over time, my blog morphed into sharing Pinterest ideas, day to day musings, recipes, health issues, DIY projects, etc. I also dabbled into trying to expand my readership, installed advertisements and I connected with some brands as well. I even offered a few giveaways and shared with you some products that I loved.
While all of these things were great and I had fun posting about them, my blog became more of a job/chore and less of an enjoyment. I found myself trying to "compete" with other blogs for getting a certain number of page views or connecting with a top brand. My blog became more about striving to be the best, instead of being a tool to document how I was celebrating the goodness in my life.
So, with the launch of a new design soon, I'll also be going back to my roots. I'll be posting more about how I'm learning to celebrate the goodness in my life. You'll find me sharing more about my life experiences (past and present), my "lessons" learned, my daily struggles, my faith and everything else that comes along in this journey. You'll see a shift away from "link-ups" and brand connections to more authenticity. I hope to share more of my heart and what I'm learning in this journey called life. You'll see me sharing more of my artwork and journal entries. I may still connect with others' weekly "link-ups" when appropriate. I'm sure I'll still throw in a recipe or two, a DIY project or some Pinterest loves, but those won't be so much a focus anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against blogs who host giveaways, connect with brands, use ads, offer sponsorships, etc. It was just never the original intention of my blog and that's what I want to get back to. I have a love for writing, creating, and utilizing art to express myself. I slowly found myself getting away from that, so I want to get back to my roots and share with you all what makes my heart happy.
Why the change and why now? In thinking about redesigning the look of my blog, I knew I wanted to go back to my roots and the ultimate focus of my blog. When I first started reading blogs before starting my own, I read a lot of "healthy living" blogs. There are still a few that I follow, but over the past few months, I've noticed my blog reading leaning more towards ones that center on happiness, cultivating a positive outlook and strengthening one's faith. I knew in my heart that I always wanted my blog to be geared towards that kind of focus as well.
In reading these kinds of blogs, I came across a really cool e-course. I'm currently participating in the Everyday Happy e-course put on by Melyssa and Erika. It's been such an eye-opening experience thus far, and we still have 5 weeks to go! I'll definitely be sharing some of the tid bits I'm learning in this course and how I'm applying it to my every day life.
I also decided to make the change now because I'm getting ready to embark on a new journey myself with a new job! I thought that this "new beginning" would just spill right over to my blog as well. Just such perfect timing if I do say so myself. I'm excited for a new adventure and the challenges that will come with it. I hope you'll decide to continue to read along as I continue to chronicle this journey called life!