Goodbye Blogger

If you clicked expecting a joke or me announcing a break, you guessed wrong.

Don't click away just yet though, let me explain.

The majority of y'all know that this blog started out as a writing blog named Writing is Life, and for around two years that's what it was: a writing and book blog.

In the second year of blogging, I started going through a lot of issues when it came to depressive thoughts and behaviors, which I hinted at in a lot of posts back then.
I ended up in therapy and lost all motivation for my hobbies, especially writing.

I became a Christian at the end of that year and things really started looking up, I even quit therapy.
I thought that with my will to live being restored, my will to write stories would come back to, but it never did.

That year changed me and changed my priorities, so I switched the direction of this blog in my post-identity, dreams, and future plans // concerning my writing, my life, and the future of this tiny space on the internet <<whoo, what a title! I became more of a random lifestyle blog, and that has lasted for around a year now. And overall, I've been pretty happy with where I've been. 

However, a few weeks ago I started to think about this blog and where I wanted it to go. 

I felt like I could be doing so much more. 

After talking to my mom about it and her agreeing, I have made the decision:

I am leaving blogger.
I am leaving the random lifestyle blogger niche.
I am switching to WordPress.
I am starting a Christian lifestyle blog.

It took a while to let go of this blog.

I am not allowed to have social media, so I've never been able to connect to my friends online like other people, and I've never been able to really share my life online like I would like to as a teen growing up in the digital age.

In a lot of ways, I'll admit that this blog validated me and allowed me to express myself.

I've always felt really left out and out of the loop when it came to social media with my in-real-life friends, but this blog was a place that for once I was in the know, with my own community of friends.

It's hard letting this unprofessional blog go and switching to a more professional dynamic, because I know I am losing my only social media of sorts, and I'll lose the chance to connect to people by letting them see into my life and seeing into theirs.

I've thought of trying to do both, but I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with two blogs and that sooner or later it would just fade out. 

I also know I'm growing and that I need to grow online too and that my big reason for wanting to hold onto this blog is selfish. 

I want to encourage people and I want to create a website where people can go for knowledge and insight. Even though I am young, I hope that I can start working on building up such a place now.

Building a following takes time, and yes, it is hard letting go of all of the work I've done to build the small community of bloglovin, GFC, and email subscribers I've gained, but it is something I need to do.

So, goodbye blogger, you were good to me.

And if you're a reader here, I want to thank you for all of your encouragement throughout these years, your friendship means so much to me. 

I hope we can keep up, feel free to email me.

If you want to help support my new adventure, you can find me at my new blog:

Thank y'all for everything.


4 Ways To Stay Happy Today

Hey all!
So this week has been a pretty blue week so far for me. I don't know if it's just the grey sky and fog that has been prominent these past few days affecting my mood or just the stress of figuring life out right now, but I've just been a little bit more sad and lonely than the usual this week.

I seem to keep falling into this pit of sadness every day where it feels like everything is out of control and I'll never feel at peace again, but there have been a few things that have helped me get out of the dumps and feel happy, so I'm here to share them!

[y'all will probably be seeing my little sister A a lot on here because she let me practice portraits and close-ups on her. Thanks, A, I appreciate you even though you disliked the best picture I got! ]

1) Reset your gaze
If you're sad or stressed, chances are you're focusing on the wrong things.
Instead, focus on God, take time to pray and study His word daily.
Focus on the now. Take things one day, one step at a time.

2) Do something different // get excited about your life
Routine is nice, but routine can also be suffocating at times, so don't be afraid to switch it up. Go for a walk, run an extra mile, make a new playlist, go outside and paint, get coffee with a friend, do something today that reminds you of the beauty of life. 

3) Notice the good in your life
Instead of being sad that you don't have more friends, think about the friends you do have. Don't focus more on your dreams that haven't come true than the ones that have.
There are SO MANY good things to be grateful for, don't neglect to think about them!!

4) Look outside yourself
I'm guilty of only thinking about myself and forgetting that other people are hurting too, but I find when I look up and focus on the needs of others instead of my own, I feel so much better.
Don't wallow in self-pity, you'll miss all the opportunities you have to help encourage others.

How do you get out of your bad moods?