What is the most challenging thing you have done in the past 3 months? What made it so hard? Did you have to learn something new that made your brain hurt? Did you have to stretch yourself emotionally and make yourself vulnerable in ways you’ve never had to do before?
Sometimes things become super challenging just because they end up taking for-ev-er and even then, they never seem to be completely “done.” And so it has been for me this fall. If you have been reading any of my recent posts or talked to me in real life in the past three months, you know what this challenge has been. The. Blog. Redesign.
Finally, however, I am ready to share! Nope, it’s not perfect. Nope, it’s not even completely finished. Yep, I’m okay with that. It is, after all, a blog — they do change on a daily basis! 😉
- The organization. There are fewer pages and fewer categories, and they all serve a more specific purpose. Hopefully you will find they make more sense. 🙂
- The focus. I’ve been trying for months to articulate the “why” of this whole blog experience. I keep trying to use flowery words and fancy verbiage. Aaaand, that is usually met by a blank stare. In a conversation with my friend Meg, I found simple language works best (what a surprise!). I started this blog because I don’t want to get stuck in a rut and never accomplish the things that will simply make life better, not just for me but for those I love and those I don’t even know. If I can encourage somebody else along the way, that would be wonderful, because we all share this desire. During this simple conversation with Meg, I actually started to get a little teary…hmm, I think I may have just found my “why!” I want everything I write here to somehow relate to this purpose: “Turn your every day ordinary into every day extraordinary. Be intentional…Learn…Be still…Create…Be grateful…Thrive!” I expand on this more in “My Story.”
- The newsletter. May I introduce you to The Personal Letters? That’s right, folks, The Art of “Why Not?” now has a newsletter! Here you will get early notification of upcoming resources or events, tips and news I think you may find helpful, and more (keep reading to the end for a special announcement!). It will be a bit like a treasure chest: you won’t know exactly what’s in it until you open it! Best of all, The Personal Letters are not one-way communication — your responses will come directly to my inbox. Which brings me to my last point…
- The community. I don’t know the exact path this blog will take from here, but I do know I want it to foster community. I have no desire to talk at anyone; I want to talk with you, and I want you and the other readers to talk with each other. None of us will reach our goals in a vacuum! 😉
Oh, and that special announcement I promised you would find at the end? Everyone who subscribes to The Personal Letters before December 1, 2015, will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! That’s right, I am hosting my first ever give-away, and it is just in time for Christmas! If you already receive my emails, you are automatically subscribed and entered into the contest. And if you refer someone who subscribes, you get another entry (ask them to send me an email with your name — the instructions will be in their subscription confirmation)!