August 23, 2013
TA-DA! Welcome to my new blog look! I have been DYING to get it up, but decided to wait until today so that I could work out some kinks. It's been quite the learning experience, in SO many ways!
Have you ever found yourself browsing through your favorite blogs and finding one that made you think, "Oh! I love the look of this one! I want mine to look like that!" Then you go to your blog, mess around a bit until you've made almost a complete replica of your "inspiration" blog.
Growing up as the last of twelve children has made me a master copier. I always wanted to dress just like my best friend, Robyn in elementary school so that we could be twins the next day, until her mom asked me to stop calling so late at night, or early in the morning. In high school, when I would decide what to wear, I'd think, "Do I want to look like Jessica today, Liz, or Linz?" And then there were the extra-curricular activities. Of course, I enjoyed all of them, but a lot of the reason I even considered participating in them was because someone else in my family did it.
So when I came across this article, I knew it applied to me. I had recently completely re-designed my blog after my "inspiration" blog when I read this and realized that what I was doing was copying someone else's art. Sure, the colors were different, but if the artist of my inspiration blog were to stop by my blog, she would recognize it in a second.
Not only did I experience the graphic-designing-artist-copy-cat guilt trip of a lifetime, but I was faced with the dilemma of discovering my own identity. Not only of how my blog looks, but of who I am as a blogger. Am I a fashion blogger? A tutorial blogger? A lifestyle blogger? What am I? Have any of you ever experienced this dilemma?
I'm a think-talker. Talking to people helps me think things out, which actually turns into a breached dam of speech-no filter. And that's why I called my mom. In the midst of my waterfall of words, I discovered that what I do best and enjoy more than anything are the things I do every day (doi!). Although I still love shopping and traveling, they're not really what make me, ME. Plus, I don't have the funds to be a for-real fashion or traveling blogger Maybe someday I'll get more into that, but that's not who I am right now.
No, what I enjoy most is sewing, teaching, graphic designing and photography (a slowly developing talent), and my family. And thus, I came to the conclusion that I will no longer to try to be something I am not, or show a side of me on my blog that I am not.
So, welcome to my blog, readers. I am me, and you are you. Let's get to know each other. Show what we're most proud of, share what we learn, and admit our mistakes. That's what blogging (and social media in general) are for, right? Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to getting to know you. Please leave a comment with your own blog, instagram, twitter, etc. I would love to meet you.


P.S. I reserve the right to re-design my blog at any time to fit the style that I feel like, because I'm still trying to find what I like best. Thank you!


  1. i love the new look! i look forward to seeing many posts in the future!

  2. The best thing about blogging is that there are hardly any rules! We get to change things up, write about topics close to our hearts, and use our space however we like without apology! There are few places left in the world like that. #Blog4Life :)

    Excited to get to know you and follow your adventures!

    Sarah :: Your Plucky Picaroon


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