“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth
Throughout my life, I’ve embraced a number of different hobbies: collecting miniature pig statues, watching movies and memorizing the lines at nauseam, photography, and attempting to be athletic, just to name a few. While these have been great hobbies none have ever impacted my life or brought me such a great feeling of happiness as blogging and writing.
I’ve been impacted more than I’d like to admit … Majority of the changes have been more of an internal makeover. This impactful hobby helped me to remember me. What and who I love. What values I have. What behavior I’m will to accept. How valuable I am. And writing has helped me transform into a stronger, more wise version of myself. The heartbreaking experiences that helped create much of my writing inadvertently reconnected me to the “real” me.
More importantly, this blog has connected me with you. Yes, you. Whoever is reading this we are now connected. You know much about my life and I love hearing about yours – thank you to the readers that write me and bond with me about your personal life. It’s refreshing to know we’re all in this together with similar experiences.
As you may remember, this blog started as a “beauty blog” it was beauty blogging from the inside out. Let me clarify that I’m not a cosmetologist, my daily makeup routine takes 5 minutes. I’m not an expert at makeup, hair or any part of external beauty. I know enough to get myself dolled up if I need to but that’s not saying much.
About 4 months into my blog, life started happening … The life that I thought I had and the parts I was confident about were false and misleading which completely crushed everything that I thought I knew. Or so I thought.
Writing became therapy, it still is to an extent. But there are so many posts that will never go live to see the light of your phone or computer screen. Those posts are the ones that I’m keeping to remind myself why I am where I am and as motivation to get to where I want to go.
Parts of my life are personal and some are not, this will be a delicate balance that I’m going to attempt to master with my blog.
Bella of Louisville is a lifestyle blog. A lifestyle is- by definition- the way in which one chooses to live their life. As I’ve entered into this chapter of my life with a stronger understanding of who I am, lifestyle has become about the art of living well, living authentically. This idea goes beyond creating a beautiful home and investing in my wardrobe.
Living well means being kind, 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.
As I mentioned before, life happened to me and I needed to take a bit of a break. But I’m back, I’m all in. I have the best of intentions to be an honest writer and share my stories as an attempt to continue connecting with my readers. Connectivity fuels me.
I hope you enjoy the new direction I am going and that you will continue to connect with me. Your support allows me to continue to evolve and I truly feel this direction will bring something really special to my life and hopefully yours.
Change is good, and always exciting.
Thank you for being a part of my journey.
Don’t forget this life lesson that I am currently learning: