I’ve read several blog posts in the past several years that addressed the pressure bloggers often feel to make their blogs appeal to everyone. I’m coming up on my third blog birthday (what!?), but I don’t think I ever felt or understood that pressure until this year. You may have noticed I took a week off from blogging last week to try to take an honest look at the direction of my blog. I began to see that I had tried to make my blog fit a cookie-cutter mold that just didn’t go with my personality, and as a result, have felt drained creatively. It is easy to think that every blog should fit a certain category- like fashion or food. After looking over some recent posts, I’ve noticed that my blog has also become a lot less real. By that I mean, I share things that aren’t very personal or creative, and I miss that outlet.
I’ve struggled with how to bring this up to my readers, and after a lot of though, I’ve decided the best way to do this would be to introduce myself all over again. My likes, my interests, and things that mean a lot to me.-here goes-
Hi, I’m Lauren, and I’m so thrilled to have you here! I’m an Arkansas girl – turned California girl – turned Arkansas girl all over again. I am 21 years old and a junior in college. I’m pursuing a degree in music which has been one of the biggest challenges ever as well as on of the most rewarding and growing experiences I’ve had. When I’m in school, I live in a lovely cozy dorm with an awesome roommate and suitemates. When I’m not at school, I live with my parents and siblings. My days consist of a lot of laughing, practicing piano, and feeling awkward. I’m a shy girl, but I’m okay with that.
tea and coffee – don’t make me choose -, rainy days, cold weather, knitting by the hour, crocheting, sleeping, quilts, writing, journaling, reading, people watching, Facebook stalking, folding laundry, taking pictures, getting snail mail, sending snail mail, drooling over everything at Anthropologie, playing the piano, collecting craft magazines, and anything yarn related. I’m quiet, I’m quirky, and I’m downright odd sometimes.
When I think of all the little things that make up my life, there is one thing that plays into every moment of every day, and that is my relationship with Jesus Christ. This isn’t a theological religion blog, but it is about my life, and I try my best to make everything in my life revolve around that relationship. I believe a huge part of living out my faith is attempting every day to share the love of God in small ways. I believe my God is a god of love, and that he wants everyone I come in contact with to feel more loved from being around me, be it in real life, or on the internet. If you ever need prayer about anything, or you just feel alone do not hesitate to send me an email.
Things I struggle with:
Finishing what I start – see every goal list I’ve ever made, anxiety and useless worry, patience, and self discipline.
So here is what all of this boils down to: I want this blog to reflect who I am, and I frankly don’t care if it’s cool or not. This is who I am, and this who I want to come across as online. Some things might be changing around here, and some things might not, but I hope you will stick around and hang out with me.