One Year of Blogging / WEBSITE REDESIGN!

I've been blogging for an entire year...can you believe it?

While I definitely haven't gotten any crazy sponsorship opportunities or been on those amazing vacations bloggers always seem to find themselves on, I am so glad I started my own little slice of the internet. While that stuff would be incredible (I AM OPEN, brands), chronicling my life, having a creative outlet, and getting to connect with people I otherwise wouldn't have has been a dream, and I'm so happy I conquered my fears a year ago.

This time last year we were still in Chattanooga, thinking we were moving to Denver, and figuring out how we were getting across the country. We wound up even further across the country, and now we're getting ready to move again (though just a few miles away!). Almost nothing has gone as planned, but we've experienced an abundance of events in such a short time. If I ever start to feel like we're wasting our lives at home, I remind myself of everything that's happened in the past year and I get humbled quite quickly. 😂

When I started blogging, I didn't know if I'd enjoy it or stick with it — I just wanted to try it out. Looking back, I'm so thankful that I have a record of things we've done and thought's I've had. I've grown as a writer, grown in my career, pushed myself to be a better photographer, and learned a bit about websites along the way — I'd call that an all-around win. 

In the beginning, I never mentioned it to anyone because I was terrified of bringing attention to myself or being judged. Then I realized that there is so much clutter on the internet—no one is even paying attention! I'm so grateful that I stopped letting fear hold me back and that I have this little hobby one year later. I've even had a few people ask me about how they could start a blog themselves, which makes my day every time.

If you're on the fence about blogging, I would 100% say just try it! Of course, don't have crazy plans to land a million dollar sponsorship in your first year or something like that, but if you're seeking a creative outlet that you can make your own, it's worth giving it a shot. Worst case scenario, you decide it isn't for you, and best case, you find something you really love. After our move, I'm thinking of writing a more in-depth post about getting started, how to think of ideas, etc.—so if there are any questions you'd like me to answer, fire away!

AND FINALLY, I am so excited to debut my redesigned site! If you noticed my post on Sunday was late, that's because we were experiencing some downtime that I didn't know would happen...whoops. But you learn as you go, and now that the redesign is live I am absolutely thrilled. This was kind of my anniversary present to myself, and I really think that spending hours looking at font combinations has paid off. Please take a look around—and tell me if anything isn't working! The individual posts don't appear too different, but you can visit my new landing page (still at and see what's new. Let me know what you think!

Amanda McDowell