Ta-Da and Finally!

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I am so happy to introduce the new Just Joywriting! While the last three years have seen quite a few transformations, none has been quite as expansive as this one.

In the beginning, I was a timid writer, scared to put any real work into the world and reluctant to believe anyone would care if I did. I can’t say that I’m any less reluctant to believe now, but I’m not nearly as timid as I was. In fact, with each update I’ve been more confident in my content. If you can’t say it on the Internet, where can you say it, right? But there was still something missing.

I didn’t realize until recently that what I really wanted was a lifestyle blog, a blog that reflected not just my life but its possibilities. That’s when I realized it was time for a major overhaul. And so Just Joywriting has been reborn. Now you’ll see more about reading, more about writing, more about living, and more about doing. There’ll be book reviews and notes about the writing process (maybe even a story or two). There’ll be posts about Nashville and my attempts to “bloom where I’m planted” (thanks for the advice, Mom). There will be DIY posts, including the good, the bad, and the absolutely horrible.

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve looked at quite a few different blogs and bloggers, and I’ve found some awesome inspiration (here, there, and everywhere, a little bit of this and a little bit of that). No two blogs are ever the same, and I’m not attempting to mimic what I’ve seen already. But these blogs have shown me possibilities that I hadn’t explored before, and for that I am immensely grateful.

I think sometimes we are so focused on where we’re going that we forget to notice how we’re getting there. That’s not the sort of story I want my life to tell. More than anything I plan to focus on what makes my life beautiful because these are the things that make the journey worthwhile to begin with.

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So wish me luck as I learn more about life, blogging, and a new city, and join me when you get a minute! I’d love to hear from you.

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