March 14, 2013
I have some pretty big news today – I am saying goodbye to us&dog. I’ve been blogging here a little over a year and have truly enjoyed it, but in the past few weeks I have been feeling a pressing for change. I have been brainstorming in how to change us&dog to meet my new needs & dreams and while I have certainly come up with some ideas that revamp this blog, I have decided that it will ultimately be better to start from scratch.
Henry and I have been talking a lot about our future and what we want out of it. We are at a point in our lives right now where we are facing a lot of really big decisions and the weight of them has been a lot to deal with. We have not made many of those decision yet as we are trying to stay quiet and wait for God’s voice to tell us where to go next. We have many ideas though, and big dreams, so while the future seems a little bit scary at the moment, we are also looking forward to what will come next for us.
One of the things we have agreed upon in our discussions together is that we want an adventure. We talked about some of the options that are available to us right now and where those paths would likely take us in 10 years. We both agree that we want to do something exciting with our lives and not get stuck in some boring pattern because some one thinks that it would be the smart decision to make. We do not want to take a certain path because it is expected of us, or because it is what people our age or at our stage in life should do. We want to make decisions that are right for us, that God has blessed, and that will lead us down a road that is beautiful and inspiring and crazy.
In my own thoughts about closing us&dog I have wrestled with the issue that so many of my friends and family back at home stay connected to me through my blog and the things I share. I do not want to close you out of my life and so I am happy to announce that I am working on a new blog that I will share with you as soon as it’s ready – I’m pretty excited about it. I will still be doing crafts and recipes because I love to do those things and they bring me joy, but I also want to do more writing and sharing my journey and my heart with you. I’m going through big changes within myself and I want to be able to share that and hopefully inspire someone else.
I created us&dog as a project to keep myself busy while Henry was in the army. Going through the year I pictured that period of my life as a really long sit in a waiting room. But looking back on it now I see that I changed a lot as a person in that time (though it was quite unintentionally) and us&dog was a big part of that. It helped me to realize new faces of my own self and creativity. It helped expose me to the world of blogging and be challenged and inspired by many other amazing blogging women. This blogging experience has been so much more to me than just a thing to do while time passes, and I am very grateful that I had such supportive readers along the way.
I will be leaving us&dog online even after I stop posting here. I understand that many of the recipes and tutorials that you love are on here so I won’t be deleting them and you can always come back and find them.
So, that said, keep looking back for when I announce a new blog. I am very excited about it and feel as though all I want to do is work on it, but I really don’t know how long it will take to finish so be patient with me. But in the meantime, if you’d like to leave a comment below, or on facebook, or wherever really, and tell me what you thought about us&dog and the kinds of posts you liked most, it will be super helpful to me while deciding what direction to take with my new blog.
I love you all from the bottom of my heart and I am so grateful to all of my readers.