Why So New?

design for mankindSo, surprise! The site’s wearing new clothes, and although I know most of you view this through a feed reader like Feedly or Bloglovin‘ or perhaps an email subscription (each option is still available!), I thought I’d take a second to share with you the impetus for this re-design.

The term “lifestyle blogger” has always felt a little funny to me, to be honest. I fell into this job purely through the perfect storm of accidental success, hard work and sheer blessing and I so, so very much love what I do. To document my life while connecting to the lives of others. To foster creativity in my home and share the fruits of those labors. To take pause daily and think and then write. To think and then not write. To notice. To capture. To get it all down on paper (eh, keyboard) before it evaporates.

And yet, I felt I needed to clarify something. I am not a lifestyle blogger.

I am a life.

One of many.

Our world is made up of equal parts you and me, and the newspaper boy and the nun and the musician who hasn’t had a gig for eleven months. Not one of us are half people, or almost-a-person. We are life. We are lifestyle. We are all of it.

And so, this “lifestyle blog” is not telling you how to live. You already know how to live. You’re doing it, right now. You’re going to and from and around and through, breathing in. Breathing out. Switching lanes. Washing socks. Changing lives you don’t realize you’ve changed; crossing bridges you swore you never would, but ones that you must now that the ground has crumbled beneath you.

I will, however, tell you how I live. How I’m learning that I’m a bit old-fashioned, but in a new-ish way (hence the name: a new-fashioned lifestyle). I will share things of fluff; things of great importance. Denim and dreams. Toys and treasures. Pillows and philosophies.

Mostly, I’m still learning. I’m still growing. I’m working from the middle, just as you are. And this new-fashioned lifestyle – this blank page – represents a small change in many tides to come. A bit further along my own shoreline, but still just a tiny grain of sand.

Welcome. Let’s dive.

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