On Changes

Welcome to 2016, folks. I hope you have an amazing one.

The dawning of the new year has filled my mind with ideas. Ideas and that strange rolling sensation in the pit of my stomach. I have no idea what this year holds, but I have a feeling. Just a feeling.

All of this has led me to re-evaluate my life up to this point. Man, a ton has happened. Changes follow me wherever I go. This is probably supposed to scare me, but it doesn’t. It used to, I won’t deny that. But now, the idea of change excites me. It means new things, new experiences. And that means growth.

Nobody wants to be stagnant. Or at least, I don’t. I want to feel and learn. There are loads of people out there who can teach me new things and help me learn, grow. I embrace that. I want to find those people and live those experiences. I want to find out what the world and its people have to offer. I want to find out exactly what I have to offer too.

2015 was a big year in my house. It was one of the most challenging ones I’ve ever had too. But at the end of the day, my whole family grew because of it.

Right now, I’m considering a lot of things. Like this blog, for example. When I started it, it was just about makeup and beauty. Since then, it’s changed a great deal. Personal stuff and geekery, book reviews and recipes, along with all kinds of random stuff has filled it up. Recently, it’s been more of a travel blog. This is the fifth year of blogging for me. Can you believe that? I sure can’t. And that’s made me think.

The Bloomin’ Couch was the name of the beauty salon I wanted to open. That was a dream I had in the early days of doing makeup, not knowing makeup would lead to blogging, blogging would amplify my love for writing and writing would lead to a new direction and dream in my life. The Bloomin’ Couch is no longer my dream.

So maybe I should let go of it.

No, I’m not closing down the blog.

But, I might change it.

I’m considering changing the name of the blog, or keeping this one here and starting a new blog on my website. I still want to write. But I want the name of my blog to reflect what I write about.

You all know I’ve been floundering for a while now. 2015 was not a good blogging year for me. I was al over the show for a long time and I didn’t have a purpose with the blog.

I want to do better in 2016. That’s not a new year’s resolution, I promise. I don’t do resolutions, because they tend to fail around February. 😛 But writing and blogging more often is a personal goal. I want to be serious about this thing again, for many reasons.

Writing makes me feel good. It eases my anxiety. It helps me cope with change and other things. In fact, I’ve been blogging through some of the toughest things in my life. It helps! I also love connecting with people through the blog, but that’s been getting progressively less. And it’s no mystery why. More than half of the people who used to read my blog every day are gone. That clearly reflects my stuff-up last year.

I didn’t write stuff that people wanted to read.

If you have ideas or suggestions, anything, let me know. Please, help me out in this. Be one of the people who help me grow and learn this year. I’d appreciate it.

Yolandie

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