I love having a home online. I’ve been blogging since 2006 and have enjoyed it all – finding my feet, finding my voice, finding my way. I remember when I launched this site in 2009, it was such a big deal! I had my own url, my own hosting and I started using WordPress. I worked with Tara Joyce to really think through what I wanted to create here and how it should be structured. Last year we had a bit of a refresh, changing the header and inviting people to join the Studio. That as inspired by a deepening of my commitment to what it means to live creatively, to treat your life like your studio, and to invite you all to do the same.
And now I’m ready for the next incarnation!
Last year I did a big refresh of my studio space – complete with getting my very own custom colour (called “Studio Blue”) and my dream desk! Now it’s time to refresh the space here online and I can’t wait to share it with you!
For over a year I’ve been futzing about it. I’ve looked at different designers. I’ve checked and rechecked my budget. I’ve tried to get fancy with technology. I’ve thought I had to wait.
But I’m not waiting anymore. Somehow I got bold. Somehow I got brave. In part inspired by the recent web attacks. I realized that there are things that simply must be changed, upgraded and protected. So, with the help of my intern Kim, I’m stepping in.
I’ve bought a new theme and I’ve been playing with it for a week, tentatively at first but with more and more enthusiasm. Suddenly instead of dreading the “bigness” of this change, it feels more like the excitement of moving into a new house. And that’s how I’m going to treat it. And I’m not going to wait until it’s all decorated and perfect to invite you over. As soon as I can get the basic structure in place, I’m going to go for it. Sure, we may be sitting on the floor and drinking out of the only mugs that are unpacked, but we’ll be in the new, beautiful space imagining what’s possible!
I hope that feels like an inviting adventure to you too. More than anything I hope it inspires you to be brave on your journey, to build your space with love and determination as best you can with what you have, to let it be imperfect on the way to being awesome – because that’s the way the creative process works!
And I have to tell you, as I sit here beaming, it feels so much better to be creating this site my way rather than “the way.”
I will offer up this studio from my heart and hope that it touches yours.
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