When I started 40 is the new 30 in January 2010, my friend, Kristen, made a comment on my About Me page. She said my blog reminded her of this quote:
It’s never too late to be who you might have been. ~ George Eliot
I wrote about it, pondering the questions: who am I and who am I meant to be? I was in my fourteenth year of teaching. I was taking care of my mom and volunteering at church. I had a great family and wonderful friends, but I was stuck in a rut. I knew (hoped!) there were opportunities for me to be and do more, but I didn’t know what they were or where I would find them. One thing I could do for sure, though, was write.
I have always been a writer. Stacks of really (truly) awful poems and stories will attest to that. I kept journals from middle school on, so blogging was a great outlet for me, especially during the first nine months of my mother’s illness. I wrote about my mom and cancer and how heartbroken I was that she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I wrote about visiting my sister and her family in Seattle. I wrote a lot of posts about education, including a series on Nurture Shock, a book that challenged everything we thought we knew about raising children. There were posts about decorating and shopping and even a few about cooking. I blogged about my goals, my attempts to achieve my goals, and even my failure to achieve my goals. 40 is the new 30 was as complex as I was!
When I became a Stella & Dot stylist, I started writing about fashion and accessories in addition to cancer, decorating, and education. When I transitioned from teaching full-time in a classroom to homeschooling, tutoring, and selling Stella & Dot part-time, I began to write fewer posts on children and teaching and more about scarves and statement necklaces. I felt like I was writing two different blogs, and I held back on topics I really wanted to explore.
The solution? A second blog! There are many topics I want to write about that are serious and take away from light-hearted posts about fashion, style, and Stella & Dot. I have ideas for fashion-related posts, but I don’t want to put too many of them on 40 is the new 30 because fashion isn’t really the focus of that blog. So I’m keeping 40 is the new 30 as my personal blog and creating a new blog to showcase my business.
I found a really talented illustrator to do a custom illustration for me and a great website designer to design my new blog and give 40 is the new 30 a new look . The blogs aren’t quite ready for their close-ups, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.
This is my brand-new blog button!
I can’t wait for you to see the illustration that goes with the button. It will be the header for my new blog, and it is so cute, I can’t stand it! It’s everything I hoped it would be. I’m not going to tell you who the illustrator is because her style is distinctive, and I want you to be surprised.
So, now you know about the biggest do-over in my 31 Days series! Follow me to make sure you get the latest posts and don’t miss the big reveal!
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