I’ve been writing this post in my head for a few weeks now, but haven’t been quite ready to put it down on paper (or whatever you call it when you don’t put stuff down on paper anymore). By now, friends, you may have noticed (or maybe you haven’t noticed) that I’ve been making some little changes to my categories and how I organize my posts. I debated between explaining this change or just letting it go without saying anything, but the former has won. Because these little changes take my blog in new and (in my opinion) exciting directions, I felt like I should give you a little “what for” so you can see why I’m allowing my blog to breathe on its own.
I want to start off by letting you know that I am not deserting my roots. I’ll never do that. My story is what got me here, and I’ll always be true to the reason my blog has become what it is. Even though Life, Lemons and Lemonade wasn’t officially created until Jan 2014, it really was born in my heart the day I was at Whole Earth Provisions and saw a card made by Curly Girl Designs that moved me to tears:
I bought this greeting card that day, and it’s been hanging on my wall ever since. You may also notice that it’s the tagline at the top of my site. These words could not have been more perfect, if Leigh Standley had met me, read my story, known my personality and written them just for me. It was not long after I had gotten out of the hospital and was on my way to recovery, and I knew right then, that my life was going in a different direction. I knew I could do it. I knew I could, once again, begin to sing along.
That’s exactly what Life, Lemons and Lemonade has done for me. It’s given me the platform to move my life in a different direction. A platform to tell my story and help others along their way. To make a difference in this world. I’m so grateful for all you wonderful people who have reached out for help, or offered words of appreciation and encouragement. I seriously love chatting with each and every one of you, and that’s never going to change. I’ll always be here, and I’ll always want to hear from you.
So what do these little changes mean?
Well, it means that I am a dreamer. I’m pretty sure we’ve covered this already haven’t we? Y’all know I have a million things I love and want to do with my life right?? Well, that’s kinda how this all comes together. All the expert bloggers say, “pick a niche.” I don’t want to pick a niche. I want to write about all my favorite things. I know, that for the most part, Crohn’s Disease & living with an Ostomy has been my niche. And it’s been an incredible experience. But if I’m being honest, I don’t want to only write about my chronic illness forever. That’s okay isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong… It’ll always be a topic that’s covered here, and LL&L will always be a community of support and friendship. I just want to sprinkle in a little bit of my favorite things too! That’s okay, right? Y’all want to hear about my favorite things, too?
What Are My Favorite Things, You Ask?
Well, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been having a lot of fun doing some DIY projects. I love real estate y’all. It’s pretty plain and simple. All. Things. Real Estate. Buying it. Selling it. Decorating It. Remodeling it. I love it all. But I really wanted to add some new elements without taking away from the overall vibe here at LL&L. I always want it to be a personal, inspirational, motivating place to be. So, to that end, I’ve divided up all my favorite things into 4 main categories. Categories that, to me, are the most important components in creating the kind of life I want to live:
Make A Home. Because to me, making your house into a home is absolutely one of the best things you can do to lift your spirits. When we lived in our apartment, I didn’t realize the weight it was putting on me. I never felt at home there and as soon as we moved into this new place, I immediately felt it lift and I was happier than I had been in months. I couldn’t believe the difference. And it just so happens that I LOVE the process of making a house a home.
Have A Family. This one is so near and dear to my heart. In our 10 (almost 11) years of marriage, this has been one of our biggest struggles. Sure it was hard to be sick for nearly 2 years… but it pales in comparison to not being able to build our family according to our own desires. We’ve been so lucky to adopt D (I wrote my first e-book about our adoption! Download it for free here!), but I know there are many others out there struggling with this same thing. Plus, who doesn’t love to talk about their kid and parenting journey? I love to document our life together, and I hope you don’t mind reading about it occasionally. :)
Live A Life. Because I’m all about living life to it’s fullest, pursuing your dreams and being all that you want to be. You can do it. I know you can. I can do it. And I won’t stop until I’ve conquered all that I want to do. This lifestyle category is full of all kinds of fun things we love to do.
I.B.D. I may be in remission (thank heavenly father every day), but Crohn’s Disease is still a part of my life. There is no cure. And the knowledge that it could strike again any day is not only in the back of my mind, but is a driving force in what moves me. It’s morbid to say out loud, so I rarely do.. But I’ve always had this weird feeling in the back of my mind, that I will die young. I don’t know what “young” is, or why I even feel that way. I’ll tell you one thing though, I’m going to LIVE while I’m alive. And I’ll always keep this section of my blog alive and well for those who want to LIVE through chronic illness with me.
So there you have it. That’s what I mean by “allowing my blog to breathe on its own.” I want to be open to allow it to move in the direction that feels natural. You amazing, faithful readers have been so good to me over the past year and a half. I wanted to make sure I kept you in the loop for where I’m headed with this lovely corner of the internet, that I like to call home. I hope you’ll stick around as we journey towards living a life that dreams are made of. Come, make your house a home. Tell me about your family. Together we can do great things, and I look forward to having y’all with me.
Oh, and before I forget! Perhaps the newest section of all, is my “Blogging” category. I’ve had a lot of questions about starting a blog, and requests for blogging tips. Well, I’m flattered, first of all, because I’m definitely still considered a newbie in Blogland. That being said, I have learned A LOT and have really enjoyed it, so I’d love to share what I know. It’s slow-going, but I’m working on a few posts to help in this area, if that’s something you’re interested in.
Thanks so much for tuning in and supporting Life, Lemons & Lemonade. I couldn’t do it without you! Well… I could, but it wouldn’t be any fun if nobody was listening. So thanks for listening. Y’all are my favorite. For real. Totally my favorite. My absolute favorite.