Is there something bothering you? Something challenging you, testing your mettle, whirling around in your head, not quite ‘gelling?’
I have a bit of confession to make: I’m stuck. More specifically, I’m stuck with where I want to take this blog. Hold the press – In Spaces Between is experiencing an identity crisis.
I started this blog a year ago as a place to combine all my interests – words on self empowerment, decor and wedding inspiration, healthy recipes and fitness, fashion, beauty, the whole shebang – and until recently, this “bit o’ everything” approach worked a treat.
I’m a multi-passionate, eclectic being, prone to changing my mind often, and I have to admit that the idea of a niche blog has always seemed like a total disconnect for me.
The stack of Real Living and Shop til You Drop mags in my bedroom are (only just) overshadowed in height only by the plethora of self-help books on the bedside table. I spend a huge chunk of my time online connecting with people traversing the rocky road of entrepreneurship, personal development and stepping into the life of their dreams – yet I still drool over visual inspiration blogs and get a thrill out of repinning something beautiful on Pinterest. I love green juices and meditation and vulnerable outpourings of the heart – but I also still love pulling together a hot outfit or jazzing up the decor at home. All this brings up the question: “Just because I love X, do I love it enough to blog about it? Just because I love it, SHOULD I blog about it?”
The past few months from me have been full of teachings about honing my ‘genius.’ A friend of mine told me this week she thinks my ‘thing’ or my ‘genius’ is living a magical life and inspiring others to do the same. I feel like I’m showing up and serving when I’m writing articles that make you think, or that leave you feeling electric, or like it’s all going to be OK. My sweet spot is positivity and delving into life and adding more joy to the world.
Taking that into account, these days, when it comes to posting visual inspiration on this blog – outfits or weddings or mood boards – I can’t get past the thought that someone else out there could be doing it better. Someone who happens to be a graphic designer or web wizard, someone whose ‘genius’ is communication through bangin’ graphics and gorgeous type.
As you can probably tell, something that has been hammered home to me lately is that the things that light us up are moving targets. Blogging is an evolution as much as life is a wide-eyed journey of discovery.
I’m still working through the stuck-ness of this challenge and a lot of it will come back to what you want because this space is as much yours as it is mine. I’m afraid of alienating lovers of this site that really loved coming for the wedding inspiration, for example. I know in my heart that I still need to celebrate and express the side of me that gets off on beautiful aesthetics but I’m yet to work out how that happens. Creation is the thing that really matters for me – and reposting images without a tie in or a story doesn’t feel like ‘creation’ for me anymore.
Writing does, however. I want to write more. I want to dive deeper. I want to go BIG, connect more, share more stories, support your journey. As I step into the life I’ve been working towards – a life that involves empowering and coaching women – I want you to join me for the ride… while still getting your fix of the things you’ve loved around here all along.
To wrap this all up, I want you to know that when it comes to tightening up the way I do things around here, it’s important to me that you feel like you’ve played your part, so just a heads up on that front – expect a (fun) survey (surveys are always fun, right?) or an informal “Throw Your Opinion Into the Ring” style post someday soon to see where we can steer this ship.
AND NOW TO TODAY. To you. In the spirit of voicing our challenges so we can start looking for a way to unstick, I ask you:
Consider this your safe haven where you can express what’s just. not. moving. forward. for you right now. Are you caught between ‘here’ and ‘there?’ Not sure if you’re making the right decision? Lost? Directionless? Let’s share and support each other in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you. x
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