A lot has changed in my life since starting my blog almost two years ago. What once seemed so important - fashion - is steadily becoming more unimportant to me. Don't get me wrong, I love fashion, but I'm not jazzed about having a closet full of cheap fashion that creates temporary, cheap highs. I look at my closet and think, "I don't even need half of what's in there."
Maybe it's because I'm in a no-spend mode on pretty much everything for the next 6 weeks or it's the allure of having great countertops, wood flooring, etc. in the new house that is trumping fashion. It could be that I'm just tired and not feeling as adventurous with fashion as I used to. Could be the heat. Could be the small office I work for where the kind of fashion I've been showcasing seems a bit ridiculous now. Could be that I'm tired and older and I'm now thinking of our future and rebuilding savings. Could just be a temporary lapse that I'll snap out of.
Whatever the reason, I want my blog to grow and evolve with me. I don't want to limit it to fashion anymore. I want it to encompass beautiful things and capture timeless moments in my life as a way of looking back and remembering. I want it to be about the next chapter in our life. We've let Connecticut go. We have no ties there anymore. It was nice but not for us. We've returned to what's comfortable for us. Towns we are familiar with, family I grew up with, and a climate more suited to our lifestyle. We gave New England and New York
four years and it just wasn't for us. We're older and becoming more settled in our ways. The desire to go-go-go and do-do-do that was there in my youth isn't as prevalent. I have to turn down family weekend plans quite often because I want to enjoy the time I have on the weekends without feeling rushed. I think it's great my family likes to run around all weekend and go to places and do stuff. Rarely do they sit still. But it's just not me. There are some weekend days where I will hang in my PJs until 3 or 4pm. I might go to Publix and then cook dinner before grabbing a stack of magazines or streaming a movie. And while I love going out to eat, it's not always practical, nor is it good for maintaining weight loss. Plus, I love to cook. I love trying new recipes. I'm also looking forward to having family and friends over now that we have so much space in the new house to entertain. The only issue is the distance.
Our house is situated east of Tampa. It's about a 45 minute commute to work and family, who are both in the Clearwater area of Tampa Bay. As I explained before, we had to move east (or go equal distance north of Tampa) to get the type of house we wanted at a comfortable price. So getting people to come over will be challenging. But I'm hoping that back yard will make them forget all about that drive. And for the first time in about six years, I want my mom and sister to gather at my house house for a tradition I want to revive - Christmas cookie baking. Of course my husband is a willing "tester" and I'm sure the little guy (my 3-year old nephew) will be too.
So I'm making the decision to evolve my blog into not just fashion, but home stuff too. It will be a mixture of home decor, food, and fashion. It's pretty much always been that way but I focused on daily outfits sprinkled with the other stuff. Now I want it to be an equal division. Some of you may like this, others may drop off. And that's okay.