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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

new look...new focus

You may have noticed the new look of my blog. Kind of hard to miss.

Well, the first thing I want to do is give a huge shout out to Brenda at Cozy Little House, who spent over three hours on Sunday afternoon helping me with everything. Between my slow computer and my inability to do squat, it was needless to say challenging. I think the pupsters were definitely ready for her to get off the phone. Thank you, Brenda. I really appreciate your help and your friendship.


I love the new look. It is simple, clean, and professional Just what I wanted. 

When I started this blog, it was to promote my Etsy shop, but I knew that wasn't enough. So I kind of floundered around for a long time with different ideas, until I came to the realization of what I really wanted to do with my writing.


Let me go back in time a little. When I was in my forties and a single mom I decided to go back to college, finish the work on my BA and get an MS in counseling psychology. I even went on and did a year and a half beyond my masters. I found that I loved working on women's issues, but I needed to find a job and so went to work as a college counselor, where I wasn't happy. The recession came along. I found myself unable to get another job and ended up selling antiques and vintage, which I love.


However, I have been wanting to do more. I have a keen interest in simple and serene living and helping women find ways to live a life they love. So that is the new focus of my blog. I have been doing some of this for awhile, but now it is going to be what I concentrate on. 

I want to look at this from many different ways. How your home, the food you eat, your exercise, your health, your relationships, and more affect your mental well being. I want this to be a place where we all feel safe to discuss our feelings and the things that are going on in our lives. I want it to be just as my new subtitle says...simple and serene living.


Please let me know if there are topics you would like to talk about. I always love your input, and I definitely want this to be interactive. This is a new beginning and I for one love new beginnings. 


 

36 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful day Laura!

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  2. Good Morning Laura! I love your new look and I love your new focus. Kudos to Brenda for being such a giving helper.

    I would like to see maybe a series on the needs, prospects, outlooks for and about women in our age group. You've touched on some of them already, like being part of the sandwich generation that is now taking care of our parents right after we finished taking care of our kids. As a counselor I'm sure (and have already seen) you have lots of insight in that area.. I'd really appreciate hearing more about women in the second half of our lives.

    Have a great week!

    ~ Cassandra from Renaissance Women

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    1. Thank you so much, Cassandra for your input. I will definitely be writing about the needs, prospects, and outlooks for women our age. We are a force to be reckoned with. :)

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  3. Laura, Brenda seems to be so kind. I know she has helped many others with their computers. Wishing you much luck. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thank you, Susie. She is a wonderful friend.

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  4. I love the new look of your blog! Brenda is so smart. She helped me with my blog too! She is so generous as well. I like the direction you're taking your blog. I know you've been thinking about it for a while. Glad to know that you've finally decided on what you want to do with your blog. It sounds like one that I will visit often!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. I am so happy to finally have it the way I want. I am really looking forward to our future conversations.

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  5. It looks good Laura. Brenda is a wonderful friend and has been a life saver to each of us at one time or another! She's a GEM! I think you're on the right track as far as what makes us feel good and happy. Discussing those topics appeals to us all. Living life to the fullest....we all want that! The more active I am, the better I feel. Enjoy your day my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Brenda is definitely a gem. Living life to the fullest is the best. Looking forward to our discussions. :)

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  6. Yeah for Brenda. She is such a sweet person that shares her talents.
    A new focus on life is something we can all gain from. Sometimes life knocks us down and it is hard to rebound. Baby steps to a happier life.

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  7. Love the new look and theme - I always enjoy your posts on living simply :-)

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  8. Thanks for the mention. You didn't have to do that. I just like to help people. I think you are on the cusp of following your dreams. I shall be standing on the sidelines cheering.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda. I feel like the sky is the limit. I know that one of the many reasons your blog is so successful is because of your caring and sharing.

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  9. I love your new simple look. I love your new direction and your wisdom and how you share. We are going through many of the same things in our lives and its so great to have a friend to share them with and discuss issues of aging parents. That Brenda is a great friend for sure!

    Linda

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    1. I am so happy to have you as a friend too, Linda :)

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  10. LOVE your new look! Great idea for the topics - I think many women will be interested in discussing them and listening to other ideas. Have a great Tuesday, Laura!

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    1. Thank you, Katie. Lots to look forward to. :)

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  11. Looks fantastic Laura and I would love to read your thoughts on any of those subjects. Hug B

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  12. Laura, love your new look. That Brenda can do anything with a computer and is so generous with her knowledge. Good luck in your new venture!

    Judy

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  13. Laura, I love your new look too!
    Brenda has a big heart.
    I wish you much success and will be by to visit often!

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to seeing you often :)

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  14. It’s said every seven years we experience change. Hopefully with change comes growth. I could have cheerfully skipped the last one. True, I had become complacent in my contentment. Sometimes wake up calls are a good thing for learning what is important. Lovely visuals with today’s thoughts, Laura.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. It is good to have periods of complacency. They let us rest up for when the trials com. Hugs, my friend.

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  15. The blog layout is perfect Laura and it sounds like you have found a brand that will be perfect .. reflecting on your knowledge and doing what you love. Hope you are enjoying your week! xxleslie

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  16. Thanks so much, Leslie. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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