Hey there my fabulous blog readers. Today’s a great day to be stopping by and I’ll tell you why. I have a new blog design! It’s been at least 6 six years with my old look and the logo was even older than that. I loved my old design so much and it says a lot that I didn’t change it out sooner. However not changing out a blog design is sort of like not changing your living room furniture around once and awhile. It’s good to change things up occasionally. A chance to simplify and find a renewed love for the space. The joy of simplicity is a beautiful thing.
I’ve been blogging here for just over 14 years. I’ve gone through many blog design changes over the years. And the designs have followed where I am at in my life. I started out with crazy loud colors (think bright neon, who remembers that?) in my thirties and slowly over the years transitioned to less busyness and more white space. This new design introduces even more white space to my blog which correlates nicely with my current state of life. It’s important to me that these two spaces line up because who I am online is who I am in real life. And for awhile now I’ve been feeling a disconnect with that. My forties for me have been all about slowing down and learning to delight in the everyday ordinary. Of truly learning to linger and appreciate the simple things I was always too busy to see before.
And I feel my new space here reflects that starting with my new logo.
I hemmed and hawed about changing my logo because it’s a big departure from the old. However, the new softened colors are calming to me and I hope they are to you as well. The bouquet of flowers and stack of books are reminders to me of how beautiful the ordinary really is. These things can be so easily missed if I’m moving too fast or buried in clutter.
Simplicity to me is all about removing the excess in my life so that the beautiful ordinary in the everyday shines through, calming my soul and bringing great joy. Stripping back the layers of stuff to reveal and recognize that there is so much beauty to be found amidst the ordinary and mundane.
I am once again reminded of the poem my daughter wrote when she was about eight.
I like my home
My home is great
I love my home
Isn’t that something? That’s my hope for all my readers. That your spaces not be a source of stress and overwhelm but instead be a place of comfort and calm. It’s really hard to experience that when there is clutter everywhere whether that’s with your stuff or your schedule. Organization lends itself to simplicity in the most beautiful of ways.
I crave the beauty of simplicity so much now whether that’s in the more obvious like flowers catching the rays of the sun or organized books in a basket. Because believe me, books in a basket will always make me so very happy! Well let’s face it, anything in a basket makes me so very happy, ha!
So I hope my site reflects all this as an extension of who I am and where I am on this journey we call life. I hope to continue to inspire and encourage you to continue the simplifying process in your own life so that you too can walk into your home, take a deep breath and say “ahhh, home!”.
If you see anything not quite right with my site, please let me know so I can get it fixed up. I am still working on cleaning up the categories to make them a little more user friendly. Also you’ll notice I now have a “home” page that hopefully makes it easier to find some of the posts you may be searching for. If you just want to read the blog, click on “blog” at the top of the home page or if you are on the blog click on “home” to check out the features there.
Thanks so much for being here and supporting my site all these years, it means the world to me. And if you’ve got ideas for future posts or other ways I can support you, I’d love to hear them!