I started blogging a LOOONG time ago, when my daughter was first born, back in 2006. Only back then, I would write fictional short stories about shopping and dating in the city – think a short-form version of the Shopaholic series. It wasn’t too long before I grew tired of writing ‘fantasies’ and started playing around with ‘online journaling’.
Online journaling was quite different – it was private, written behind a pseudonym and an icon that was most definitely not yourself. My pseudonym? ‘Fab Brunette’. Which eventually turned into a “real blog” named Ramblings of a Fab Brunette. It wasn’t until 2009 that I bought my first domain and the rest became history – well, not quite.
Growing up is a funny thing – I have no regrets, and I enjoy looking back at the person I was and seeing how much I’ve grown and changed since then. I think it was about 2011 or 2012 when I became tired of the ‘Fab Brunette’ persona, partially because I had moved across the country to a small mountain town, started doing yoga and embracing ‘hippie’ ways – and I had no where to wear my Manolos.
So I embraced a new identity, West Coast Mama. That was 2013. And guess what? I still flounder about that sometimes. I still worry that it’s not always “me”. But I realized that nothing can fully be “me” all the time, since I change all the time – my mood changes, what I eat changes, it’s a constant ebb and flow of harmonious movement – that’s me.
Do you know what else is totally me? Being an over-thinker. I overthink everything. Even this blog post. Yes, seriously. Being an over-thinker stops me from doing SO MANY THINGS – like blogging on a regular basis. Like posting on my IG. Like taking pictures. Like cooking. Oh yeah – I overthink cooking on a daily. You too? High five!
I’ve recently been on an amazing trip to Israel, with a group of beautiful and inspiring women, all mothers and bloggers – and it was a little life-changing. I hate over-using that term, but I think it really has changed a part of my life, I will never be exactly the same as I was before this trip to Israel. (You’ll hear more about this trip soon, I promise!) One night, just hanging out with this amazing group of ladies, we started brainstorming, building each other up, and identifying our strengths together.
It was incredible to me that this group of women, who were strangers only 5 days prior, had now become friends and confidantes. And that blogging brought us all together. This is why I blog. This is what I love about blogging.
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