Hi there. Remember me? I’d usually apologize for the radio silence, but I won’t. This month I’ve taken a quieter role here, waiting for the moment I’d be ready to write about what’s been on my mind. It’s taken me almost 2 weeks to get this out, so I’ll just say it: I’ve lost interest in blogging.
Let me explain.
Think about who you were last decade. Depending on your age, you’ve either evolved into a different version of yourself or you’ve watched your life move into a completely different place. I’ve been writing about lifestyle topics since I was 24, with the hope I would discover who I was and what I wanted. I had no idea how self-centered and insecure that 24 year-old was, and over the years I’d come to grips with that fact. By 27, I invested in myself by enlisting a therapist and seeking out friends who supported me through thick and thin. But I didn’t speak of it here. My personal trials and triumphs weren’t beautiful or aspirational enough for my lifestyle blog. According to whom? According to me. I now realize those experiences were some of the most beautiful moments of my life so far.
So why not reconsider what it means to run a lifestyle blog? After all, lifestyle is- by definition- the way in which one chooses to live their life. As I enter the next decade of my own life with a strong understanding of who I am, lifestyle has become about the art of living well. This idea goes beyond creating a beautiful home for your family and investing in a quality wardrobe. Living well means being hospitable, being good company, contributing to your community, and becoming a person of substance and grace. If designing a life full of substance and grace isn’t aspirational, I don’t know what else is.
It’s a tall order to deliver on, so to get started, we’re introducing new topics on Wit & Delight that focus on arts, culture, and personal and professional development. We’ll inspire ways to contribute more to the lives of our friends and family, and focus a little less on how our own lives look in the eyes of others.
Moving Wit & Delight in this direction will be a challenge for me. To begin making this change, I’ve enlisted my friend Kate Smith as our resident Arts and Culture Contributor. She’s a close friend of mine, and her funny and honest voice will be incredibly refreshing for all of us! Her first post will go live tomorrow morning.
W&D will also continue to cover design, fashion, art, and oddities. When we’re living in a world as scary as this one (boy, was last week a rough one), sometimes you need an excuse to lose yourself in an art gallery, or gather friends around a table for good wine and the perfect roast chicken.
I hope you enjoy this new direction we are going and are willing to contribute to the community we’ve created. Your support allows W&D to evolve over time, and I truly feel this direction will bring something really special. Change is good, and always exciting.
Image by: Ceara McAuliffe
BY Kate Arends - July 20, 2014
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
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