On Finding My Voice

September 7, 2013

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go with it. I felt it a natural – and these days, necessary – step to include a blog when I launched my website, but didn’t really have a plan for it. Like, at all. I just figured that over time, I would know what to write. Yet here I am, 9 months later, with only a handful of posts under my belt and still feeling unsure of what I want this space to become.

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As an event designer and stylist, I want this blog to feel relevant and relate to what I do and love. I’m passionate about my work, my business, and what I create, and I want to share that with others – with you. In what way, though, I’m not quite sure. I don’t ever want to feel pressured to write something here, because I know that’s a surefire way to turn this part of my business – and my life – into something that’s more of a chore and something I NEED to do, as opposed to something I WANT to do. And what’s the fun in that?

On the other hand, I’m also feeling a pull toward writing about the other things that I do and love – the things with which I fill my spare time, the non-work related parts of my life. I’ve always had the idea of starting a personal blog to share everyday things – what I’m cooking for dinner, cocktail recipes, my recent foray into going gluten-free, my current thrift store finds, places I’m exploring, both near and far – and I’ve been thinking about that idea more and more these days. I know there is no shortage of lifestyle blogs out there, but I don’t really want this to become one. I just want to share the person that I am beyond my business, and while I want you all to see what I do, I also want you to see who I am.

All of that said, I suppose the reason I’ve been quiet here for so long is because I’ve been trying really hard to come up with a way to combine these two concepts, and haven’t had much luck. Hence the radio silence. Too often in life – my business included – when I’m not sure what to do, I just do nothing. And I’m starting to realize that I’m not going to get anywhere by sitting and waiting for the answer to come, I just have to start trying things and eventually I’ll find my way (yes, I’m saying this about my blog, but this thought applies to my business as a whole as well – but I’m thinking I’ll talk about that in a separate post).

So even though I’m still unsure of the direction I’d like to take this blog, I think I’m just going to start writing about whatever feels good. Interesting. Fun. It may be a DIY, it may be a recent project or event, it may be a recipe, it may be how cute I think my dogs are. I’m making the decision to go with the flow here, and we’ll see where that takes me. Who says there are rules that I need to stick to with this blog? It’s my space to fill with whatever I choose, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. (On a sidenote – if there is anything you’d like to see me talk about here, wedding/event/DIY-related or otherwise, please let me know! I’d love to share things that interest you all, because it’d be way more fun if other people besides me read this blog.)

Here’s to turning this into a place where not only I enjoy writing, but you enjoy reading. Thanks for being along for the ride!

(photo taken by me during a recent trip to the Great Lakes Science Center with my husband and niece.)

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katherine December 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

You and me both! I completely agree with everything you said in this post. Having written and operated a lifestyle blog for four years before finally shutting it down, I constantly fight the urge to make my business blog more lifestyle oriented. There are just so many things to post about! Yet I don’t want to dilute the message of my passion for weddings and events. I haven’t really figured out a solution…but I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

Your recent posts have been great thought! Just found your blog this morning. Keep up the good work:)

- katherine

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