As I prepare to rebrand my blog, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I want it to be like. I was really fortunate to become friends with Annie of Annie Belle blog through the Millennial Blogger Network, and she immediately helped me with the aesthetic part of rebranding. (I can't wait to share the new logo with y'all!)
A beautiful blog is wonderful, but the content is just as important. When I talked to Jordyn of Fairy Princess Diaries about my personal brand, I explained that my favorite college memory was just laying out in the hallway in the sorority hall my senior year. I was one of the few seniors living on the hall, and I really felt like the "hall mom" - always giving advice, helping my sisters pick out outfits, drying tears, and being ridiculous and silly. When I "talk" to y'all on here, I talk like I'm laying out in that hallway with my sisters again.
One of my personal goals is to rid my life of negativity. Negative energy will absolutely suck the life right out of you, so I knew I wanted my blog to be a space of positivity. Monday morning, I went so far as to delete all of my Twitter data. I was ready to make this positive change! ...But then Monday sucked. Monday sucked so bad. Everywhere I turned, it was one thing after another just completely sucking. The final straw was when I locked myself out of my apartment. I started the 30 minute trek to my mom's house to get the spare key she keeps for me. And on the way home, I kept thinking about my friend Katelyn's blog post that I had read the night before.
Katelyn's post was about her trip to Hawaii, and how she had been a Christian her whole life, but she hadn't been fully trusting God with her future. (Seriously, read the post. It changed my life.) And I'm meditating on this, and at the same time I'm having this major struggle with the air conditioner in my car because I can't get comfortable. Air on - too cold. Windows down - not cool enough. No matter what I adjusted the air on or how much I played with it, I couldn't get comfortable. I was annoyed, and I didn't feel well, and then I had this revelation - As Christians, we're not called to be comfortable.
My life is comfortable. I make enough to pay for the necessities, pay off some of my medical debt, and go out for the occasional fancy dinner date or buy myself a little something. I have a car that runs (most of the time), a cozy little apartment, and a support system that is irreplaceable and still cheers for me on the days that I am a complete and utter mess. I have an amazing boss and former bosses that are amazing mentors. I have health issues, but I've figured out how to handle them down to a science. I'm blessed, and I'm comfortable... too comfortable. Because even when I've been pushing myself out of my comfort zone like I wrote about last week, the circumstances have been completely controlled. When I cut my hair off, I knew it was just hair. When I wore a crop top (gag me), I knew it was just one night. When I climbed that ladder, I was on a harness.
So Monday night I said - okay God, here it is. Wherever you want me, I want to be there. And if that means living in Northeast Tennessee forever, that's cool. And if that means living in Chattanooga or Nashville, cities I would love to live in, that's cool too. And if it means living far, far away like out west or even in a different country, I'll be there, you just tell me when. Whatever career you see me in? Awesome. Let me do Your will.
When I started blogging, I used to write about my faith a lot. I would feel God laying something on my heart, and I would write about it. Lately, I've felt those things, and I've penciled them on to the content calendar for three weeks into the future, and by the time I was going to write about them, I felt disconnected from the topics. With the rebranding of my blog, I hope to share more about my faith like I used to. It may not be as "cool" as a fashion post, and I definitely don't feel as comfortable writing about it, but I feel like it's what I should be doing. (And when I write something that has been laid on my heart, it's amazing. It just flows, and I'm not used to that!)
So I want to say thank you for joining me on this journey! And stay tuned for my new branding... I'm hoping to switch over to a self-hosted Wordpress site in the next few days when my schedule allows it. I can't wait for y'all to see it, and I especially can't wait to continue sharing with y'all the way that God is moving in my life.