So by now I’m sure you’re all wondering about all the changes going on around here and why in the last year I took my first blog hiatus. Here it goes and if you have enough patience to read to the end of this, I commend you (and probably owe you a giveaway? or at least a candy bar).
Ever since early August, I have felt something is missing. Something in my life was just not right. Since last October when I first started this blog, I didn’t really have a certain direction that I knew it was going. I just knew I wanted to start a blog and I wanted to make friends through it. I wanted to get my creative juices flowing again. I originally thought I could make it a home decor blog, hence the name Peace Love Decor, because I was really into interior design and all it had to offer at the time. That lasted for a while but it was gradually turning into a lifestyle blog instead of what it was meant to be.
Once I realized that, I tried to evolve it into a lifestyle blog. That lasted about a nano second when I came to the realization that there was nothing SUPER exciting going on in my life to blog about. #fail So then I was still in the middle of the woods kind of looking for what was inspiring me. What I wanted to blog about.
I follow a lot of blogs. These women that I follow and read daily all have a direction. It may not be 100% clear all the time but they seem to make it flow like a work of art. And people follow them and comment on their posts daily (me being one of them). They actually have a LOT of followers and have made a LOT of friends through blogging. Friends that they’ve actually met in real life and not just emailed back and forth. Blogging has helped some of these women follow their dreams. I’ve read about the day they quit their 9-5 job and started working for themselves. I’ve read about how they’ve been inspired by someone else in the blog-o-sphere to go back to school and pursue their dreams in interior design or graphic design. Elsie and Emma are two of the most inspiring women out there that I’ve been following for quite some time. They are sisters who are full time bloggers and have a clothes line. They know what they want and they sure aren’t afraid to pursue their dreams.
Casey, Joanna, Jenna, Anna, Liz, and Sydney are also women I follow through their blogs and are inspired by. They’ve all delved into blogging on a whim and are now working their dream jobs because they took a chance. They made that scary leap and somehow have succeeded through everything that was thrown their way.
Anyways, after reading my latest book, White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber, I couldn’t believe how it affected me. I’ll be doing a book review on this book later next week but I just have to say this that things may be difficult and you may be at your whits end with how things are going but if you just make a leap of faith, God will take you in the direction you should be going. Jenna constantly was expressing how she wants to do something she loves with her life. And that’s where I am at. Not only with my blog but with my life. Later that month, I found out that two of my closest friends are moving. One is moving on a whim because she has always dreamed of living in Boston and the other is moving because work is taking her there and after seven years of being with her significant other, she feels like she needs that change and that breath of fresh air. I applaud my girls for doing this. They are making that leap.
That got me thinking a lot too. I need to take a leap. And why not begin with right here because even though all the other changes might take time, I can change this into whatever I want to. If I can make this part of my life enjoyable and inspiring then maybe I can be the person who inspires someone else. And perhaps maybe I can inspire myself to take that leap that I know God is shedding light on. I just need to push open the door and see where it takes me.
I needed to figure out which direction I wanted this blog to go so I started writing down a list of things I love to do and what I want to do. The list had about 15 activities on it but when I ranked them, I realized that the top three are what mean the most to me and how I want to move in life. Then I spent the last week or so coming up with a new name for the blog. I wanted the new name to be straight to the point and simple enough that people would remember it but still draw them in. Not going to lie, I probably had about 10+ name ideas that I went back and forth on. When I pulled out my list of things I love/want to do for a little encouragement, I couldn’t believe how obvious the name of the blog should be. That’s how Read, Eat, Create came about.
As I go through this new-ish journey that I can channel through this blog, I’m really hoping all my readers and followers stick with me. I’ll finally be writing about what I love and what pushes me to follow my dreams. Read, Eat, Create will now have book reviews, lots of recipes, and some DIY projects scattered in (I’m still fairly new to the DIY world but I’m learning) but I will also be sharing personal stuff, travel trips and things that are going on with me in my life (probably with a little home decor thrown in there once in a blue moon!). The 2012 year has been a really good one to me so far (although you know this if you’ve been following me since the beginning) and we still have two and a half more months left. I’m anxious to see what the rest of the year holds. I feel like I should be on a commercial with a travelers guide in the background but seriously…I hope I don’t bore you guys with my new restructure because even though the blog is changing and not going to be much of a home decor blog anymore, I will still throw in a few home decor posts for my interior design lovers. I’ll miss PLD but I’m ready to get REC started.
There we have it. And of course, what’s a new blog without a new website redesign right?! It’s not completely finished so you’ll be seeing a few more changes left and a couple tidy ups but for the most part…welcome to the new site!
(And if anyone actually made it to the end of this, I wish I could hug you. No really. I do. Because I just reread this and gosh am I rambling but I still needed to get it all off my chest.)
Love you guys!