The past year has contained a few business-y goodbyes for me: first my workspace: goodbye basement, hello studio; then my business name: goodbye Dreamland, hello Gina Sekelsky Studio LLC; now my blog: goodbye Typepad, hello Wordpress. (If you go to that link, there's not much there yet. I'm still working on my first post...it's a bit daunting.)
All of these goodbyes have been moving me in a positive direction, but they're still bittersweet. I worked in the basement for TEN years, and even though I started feeling really claustrophobic down there by the end, it was still the site of many (many) creative moments. It's where I painted my first handstitched garment, where I made hundreds of holiday cards and wrote thousands of stamps.
And I'm still second-guessing the name switch, to some extent. I am glad I did it, I feel more settled somehow. But a few long-time clients have mentioned that they miss it...and that makes me miss it too.
But the move to my new blog site? I can get behind that 100%. A clean slate, a fresh start, a chance to be more intentional when I'm posting. Remember the comments from January's giveaway? I really took your words to heart. Now the question is, how can I maintain that drive -- when I'm busy, when I'm tired, when I can't think of what to write, when it's two years from now?
There are only a handful of blogs I read with any regularity, and it's easy to pinpoint what keeps me coming back. (In fact, after I wrote that, I went and looked at all three of them, got a little distracted and now it's ten minutes later.) I want my blog to be one that you read. I want to inspire you and encourage you and show you neat stuff I've made. And have a written/visual history of my creative life. I want to let you in to my world a bit more, since I am constantly juggling my work life/family life/personal life. And you are too, right? So why not write about that the next time I'm sharing a recipe or a quotation that matters to me?
I'll post the forwarding address again when it's all official. Thank you for spending the last five years with me, and here's to continuing our conversation!