I wanted to reinvent. I needed to start over fresh after the insanity of 2012. I needed a push and that push came by the name of Meghan over at Stir and Scribble.
Let's start from the beginning.
Everyone's been asking about the blog. I kind of felt like giving up. It's hard to recover from sharing how depressed you are in a blog. You can't just show up one day and be all, "hey guess what Evie did today?" or "OMG, can you believe Sean let go of Des?". It just doesn't work that way.
You also can't show up with HUGE dreams and ideas and goals in a place that feels worn out and sad.
Some people asked when I would blog again. Some people checked the blog every. single. day. Others would randomly text or message asking why I hadn't posted anything yet...or if I ever would again.
And then Meghan just sort of told me she would help me do it. She would help make it what I wanted and needed it to be. She would help me start over because she appreciated what I had to say and wanted me to keep saying it.
Aren't you thinking, "Isn't she lovely"?
And HERE WE ARE. Meghan did what would have taken me months to do. I know this because it took me months to do it the first time.
SO, here's the business side of this sweet little space...
I want to continue to document life as I always have. I don't see parenting through rose colored glasses because that kind of expectation benefits no one. Therefore, you can expect more of the same on that front. I want my girls (and maybe a future son???) to know what it was really like. I want them to read the amazing parts and BEAM. I also want them to be capable of handling the tough parts so that when they are up crying with their babies they feel my words hugging them through it. The bonus here is that I will continue to have a running journal of anecdotes, milestones, and beautiful moments for them to enjoy one day.
SIDE NOTE: No. I'm not pregnant.
The new-ish part of this Isn't She Lovely blog is going to be about lifting up others in a time where tearing them down has become commonplace. If you haven't heard of mommy wars, read an article that filled you with guilt, or questioned something you did because the chick down the street seemed to be doing it better you may not get where I'm going with this. The endless cycle of trash talking is exhausting. I'm ready to learn as much as I can about those who do great things for others. I'm ready to read about things that are invented, created, and sold to support a family. I would love to know more about all types of parenting styles. I AM READY FOR SOME PRAISE THY NEIGHBOR.
In an effort to do just that I am going to start spotlighting amazing people. I will ask them to educate, inspire, and share here. As this happens I want anyone reading to take a step back and think really hard about how great the spotlighted person is. What do you have in common with them? Do you identify with their struggles? Do they have qualities you would like to aspire to? There should be no feeling guilty here. I only hope that you feel inspired and maybe even a little more educated.
Another goal I have for this new space is to tie in raising little ones in the fight for less judging. Let's bring them into the praise game. Let's learn together about raising lovely little girls and boys who want to see the best in others because that's the example they've been shown. My frame of reference as of now involves girls. Raising daughters is an overwhelming feat in a world where there is so much out there to shatter their confidence. I know my girls, and all of the children in my life, are lovely in every sense of the word. I want to dig a little deeper and find ways to foster their knowledge of how lovely they are and then share that with you.
These are just two goals I have. Two ideas that will be slow to start but so refreshing to watch unfold.
Join me please! And for the handful of people who have been patiently waiting for a post, thank you for the support and love. I'm hoping for big things here. Even if the biggest it gets is one person who feels like a rockstar parent because of something they read here. Baby steps people.