On Still Writing {& a Blog Design Update}

July 16, 2015

It’s been nearly 2 years since I changed up my blog design because I loved it so much. I still do, it’s just I get that itch every so often to redesign it. So the other day I stumbled on Restored 316 Designs new theme Style and fell in love. Everything about it – from the header to the simplicity – made me swoon.

Feminine WordPress Themes using the Genesis Framework by Restored 316
Lauren did an incredible (and fast!) job installing, coding and tweaking things – and for once I did my header.

A bit proud of that. Only took me 5 1/2 years lol.

I’ve wanted to incorporate our photos into a header, something that showed our life a bit fuller than the shoes, which also led to tons of, “We know you’ll love our company XX because you have four young children/so many babies” email pitches. We’ve had beautiful photos taken of us throughout the years by dear friends, it seemed a shame to not have them up.

Here’s where you can find these crazy talented women:

I’m hoping this new, fresh design leads to me writing more on here again. My writing, both here and other places, has taken a dip the past several months. I’ve found myself contemplating possibly shutting my blog down. Staying on social media (mostly IG and FB), but just walking away from blogging.

Nothing in particular happened to make me feel this way. This past year I’ve become very distracted and disorganized, which leads to a lot of frustration on my part. After I lost the twins and then Kaden, my productivity went through the roof. I wrote for multiple sites, met deadlines, sent pitches, traveled – and then it was like someone let the air out of my rather fragile grief balloon. I couldn’t keep up the pace.

Grief is a funny thing. It can hit years after in ways you never expected. For me it was becoming tired, a bit jaded, and in general pondering why I was even still online. Then I became pregnant, and suddenly this time has become precious to me. I don’t want to hurry my days along with lists and reminders – piles of writing I feel insane guilt over being too tired to do. I want to enjoy this time and write because I love to. Because I need to.

So while I’ve backed off of many things that were taking over my coveted free and being a mom time – others I’ve started to lean back into slowly, and at a pace I’m more comfortable with. School ends mid August for me and that will greatly decrease my anxiety and open up free time.

I’m excited for new changes and hope that my little blog will be able to start sharing wonderful, happy news in the coming months. A place where I can still process and rejoice in a new life.

Hoping you all love the new look as much as I do! As always, let me know if anything needs tweaking in the theme and I’ll get it fixed (or someone much more blog savvy than me will).

 

Restored 316 Feminine WordPress Theme Design using the Genesis Framework

9 Comments

  • Erika Raelyn Covarrubias

    July 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I do hope you will keep your blog up. I've just recently subscribed and really love reading it. You're so strong and write beauifully. However, you have to do what is best for you. Just know you have my support. 🙂

  • Shannon

    July 17, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t know you, we’ve never met. But I sure love ya!! I feel ya. Days can fly by and they can crawl. I understand the whole “shutting down the blog”. I totally get that. I’ve thought it MANY times!! Family is so important. Stick with your gut girl! Sometimes the best thing for YOU is the hardest to do. Think about you and not all of us who will miss your writing. 🙂 I’ll still be following along on IG, like always!! 😉

  • Alia Osburn

    July 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I love the new design. I think the writing would be therapeutic in some way, but if it’s more of a hassle I could definitely see why you would want to leave. I hope you don’t though! I love following along.

  • bysarahhalstead

    July 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    It looks great! I love all the Restored 316 themes. I have about 5 of them. I just bought divine or else I maybe would have gotten the newest theme. It looks great and I love your header!

  • Christa Hope VanderVelde

    July 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Please don't shut down the blog! You're a great inspiration and I love reading what you have to say.

  • Amanda

    July 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    The site is wonderful, and the header is beautiful! As always, sending thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

  • Maria

    July 16, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    It looks fantastic!!

  • Molly

    July 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I love it! It looks absolutely beautiful, Diana. I would miss your blog and your words so I’m glad you’re not leaving!

  • Stacy

    July 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I love the new design Diana, those pictures are an amazing tale of your family.

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