I hope you’ve had a good week! Mine has been really mixed but it’s ending on a high note — let’s dig in!
First off, I want to talk about blogging. These days it takes a lot of effort, especially when there are much easier ways to get your message out to the world. Sometimes, it feels like everyone has given up on it, even though I know that’s a total exaggeration. So many of my favorite blogs now go months in between updates or have ceased updating all together and I completely understand why. So…why do I keep at it?
To me, this space has always been a passion project. I started writing and sharing stories as a creative outlet, not to make a living. Now clocking in at nearly 9 years here, I’m excited to see things coming full-circle. So many of the bloggers I’ve followed for years are getting back to their roots.
Money changes everything and we all have to make a living but my situation was a little different because I never had to earn my primary income from this space. Back in 2007, I was finishing up a design degree and after graduating, transitioned into working full-time at a studio. Freelancing on the side rounded out the mix. Everyone’s situation is different but I’m glad things worked out the way they did because I was able to keep this space nearly free of ads and sponsored posts. I dabbled here and there with mixed results but overall, it never felt right.
The blogs I love the most are the ones that are able to share personal experiences. I don’t enjoy cooking, I tend to avoid DIY’s, but I do want to know more about you. After all, your personal stories and experiences are what make you unique.
That’s why I’m so excited to see bloggers I’ve followed for years wanting to get back to making things more personal including Gala, Kelsey, Megan & Mike, Bri and more.
This week, I want to remind you to keep sharing more of who you are. Share your stories. Show up everyday as yourself. It’s up to you to make your own rules and create the existence you want because you only have one shot at life.
I was just reminded of that a few days ago when my Grandpa Haider had a minor stroke. He’s back home and doing okay now (and literally the toughest old man I’ve ever met) but for awhile, I was scared that this might be the end. If that had happened, I thought back to 3 weeks earlier when I skipped out of a busy day at work to meet him and my grandma for lunch at a dive bar in S.E. Portland. We sat around the table for an hour sharing a pizza and telling stories.
Before we walked out, I had this photo taken. I’m so relieved he pulled through (and at close to 90, his favorite hobby is still chopping wood). Go, grandpa!
Have a great weekend, friends. Live it up and do exactly what you want to do with your time off. Life is too short to do it any other way.
P.S. Portlanders, if you’ve ever wanted to pick up any of the Olivine Atelier products I designed, the Bridgeport Village Anthropologie carries most of the line in-store! Spray and sniff before you buy! 😉
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