New Year, New Blog Design, Same Me

New Year, New Blog Redesign, Same Me

I know this is undoubtedly the trillionth New Years post you’ve read, but would it really be 2017 without one?

Every year, come the end of the year, I always have the same feeling of nostalgia and simultaneous relief by the time it’s over. I admit– I’m guilty of feeling everything too deeply, and when I think back on the things that both upset and overjoyed me, I can’t help but be overcome with a random assortment of strange emotions. In this case, 2016 was one of the best and worst years of my life (for a multitude of specifics I won’t get into).

But all I can say is: Hello 2017. I’m ready for you, I’ve been waiting, I’m eager to see what you have in store, and I’m pumped for something new. I want all of it– the emotions and happiness and sadness and memories that have yet to be made. I want to see what the rest of my life holds, and taking it one year at a time sounds like a pretty good first step to me.

I figured in honor of the new year, instead of bullshitting everyone I know by saying that I’m ready to “…become a whole new me!”, I wanted to introduce a brand new blog design instead… minus the crappy resolutions and self-affirming mantras.

Check it out below!

BEFORE

While there was nothing really wrong with my design before, I figured that it was best to toss the old and welcome some new. A theme redesign really helped reinvigorate my love for blogging and I know from past experience, whenever I changed a theme on my Tumblr, I always got jazzed about my blog again.

Also I felt that the colors and all the blacks were a bit busy and visually overwhelming. I was happy to welcome a more minimalist design.

 

AFTER

I mean, just look how pretty and simple everything looks… and the best part is that I didn’t even have to buy a new theme to do a complete overhaul of my design. Bless Pipdig and their wonderfully customizable and functional themes.

I also figured I’d make a post detailing my personal highlights of 2016! In order of most prominent to least, these are some of the best things to happen to me this year:

1. My Trip To Germany

One of the best things to happen to me this year was my visit to Germany to see a girl I once hosted as an exchange student in high school. She is a girl who is now more a sister to me than a friend. Lilian, I know you’ll inevitably read this, so I just wanted to say that while I’m horrible at responding to messages and calls at times– I LOVE YOU. You are my other half and I will always remember the fun we had and mischief we got up to.

While I was in Germany we attended a 3 day music festival, roadtripped from Frankfurt to Berlin to Dresden to Munich and back around again, got lost in France and commiserated over past and present heartbreak and love. I’ll never forget anything about that trip, and I will always have a fondness for all the places we went and people we met.

2. All Our Summertime Shenanigans

I won’t lie… I come alive in the summertime, and when I’m not slaving away over an espresso machine, my friends and I like to get up to some fun (and entirely reckless) adventures. I like to think I’m in my happy place when I’m in Maine for the summer, where the living is easy and the heat is actually bearable. There’s just something about my hometown that makes me so weak in the knees, and when I think about all the memories, I can’t help but love it even more.

3. Choosing to Invest in an Actual Camera

I know this seems like such a frivolous and superficial highlight, but I’ve really thrown myself into photography this year and it has been the best form of therapy I’ve ever chosen to cultivate. My heart feels happy when I’m behind the lens as opposed to in front of it, and after taking the time to really sit down and teach myself how to use a digital camera to its fullest capacity, I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do.

I can’t wait to see the ways my artistic style evolves over the coming year and the amazing people I’ll finally get the opportunity to collaborate with.

4. Having the Best Friends of my Entire Life

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this year has been positively amazing in terms of my social circle. My freshman year in college wasn’t too great on account of being unable to find other like minded people at a university where pretentiousness is practically a prerequisite.

However, this year I feel like I’ve really come into my own and I can’t even keep count of all the amazing people I am lucky enough to call my friends. If you’re reading this, you know who you are. I would go to the ends of the Earth for you! I have never met so many selfless, kind, funny, creative, and talented people in one year than I have in 2016.

5. That I’m Lucky Enough to Do and Study What I Love

So I can safely say that I love all of my current jobs and I am able to study a subject that will eventually bring me personal satisfaction and a steady income. I feel lucky that I have the time to pursue my interests and hobbies outside of school, and that even the work I do is fun. I feel so very thankful, and so very fortunate, for the life I am currently living and the trajectory I am currently heading. I’m hopeful that 2017 is only up from here.

I’ll start off by saying that for the most part, I don’t believe in resolutions. I don’t believe that there should be one day a year you decide to change yourself for the better, seeing as that should be happening on an everyday basis, every single time one chooses to self reflect. However, these are more of goals for myself that I hope to achieve instead of vague resolutions.

♡ P e r s o n a l ♡

  • Read more – I need to stop skimping and making excuses as to why I can’t. I need to be like Nike and jus’ do it.
  • Eat & sleep more regularly – As a college student I’ve found this is easier said than done, and I’m at a point in my life where I shouldn’t be falling into these bad habits so early on.
  • Procrastinate Less – My grades are not thanking me for this bad habit right now and I realize that I need to be more proactive about studying while I still have the time to turn my GPA around. It’s not horrible by any means, but it’s not great either.
  • Forgive Myself – There are some things I can’t get over and some things that, for whatever reason, I cannot let go of. Here’s to hoping 2017 will help me move on once and for all.
  • Take some “me” time – I’ve sworn off men for a while… soo, BRB currently raising a glass to me.
  • Self-Recovery – We all have things that eat away at us, and my vices are just as bad as any other. I need pay more diligent attention to when my mental health is in a fragile state and work towards righting it instead of allowing it to devour my life.

♡ B l o g ♡

  • Work towards monetization – reach out to brands and potential sponsors
  • Bloglovin – 1,000 followers
  • Twitter – 5,000 followers
  • Instagram – 5,000 followers
  • Pinterest – 200 followers
  • Stick to a steady posting schedule – I honestly think this will be my most difficult blog goal of the year. I hate feeling restrained, and the thought of sticking to a schedule makes sense, but also makes me feel slightly smothered as well. In the past I’ve done well at publishing posts when I feel inspired, but it’s not always been the most efficient use of my time and energy.
  • Realize that comparison really is the thief of joy – Last but not least, every blogger knows the feeling of inadequacy well. “Am I doing it right?” “That person is making so much more than me…” “Why do they have sponsors and I don’t?” These are all things we think about, but we need to realize good things take time, work, and dedication. Just because you’re not there yet doesn’t mean you never will be.

So there you have it– a little rundown, a little recap, a little glance at my past year thus far.

♡ Questions for Y-O-U ♡

What are your new year resolutions? Do you believe in them or scoff and turn your head instead? Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing from you all… and it is officially 11 PM at night! I’m off! Wishing you all the best and a happy new year!

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  1. January 3, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Hey Heather, Happy New Year! Firstly can K just say that I love your new blog theme?! I had the exact same idea as you and realised that even though my blog didn’t need changing — it took change for me to actually stuck to a blogging schedule. I was super surprised find another blogger with blog goals as me. I want to not only grow my blog, but to also stick to a consistent posting schedule which is so HARD to manage. Hope we both stick to our goals, can’t wait to see what the year has in store for you and your blog. 🙂

    – Avalon from simplyavalon.blogspot.com

    • January 3, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      Hey Avalon! Thanks for all the kind words! I totally agree– one of my favorite parts about blogging is the flexibility you have to constantly reinvent and better yourself and your blog! Scheduling is so difficult especially since I tend to write posts that I have the most inspiration for, and taking batch photos is my least favorite activity since… well… ever. I can’t wait to see what you do with your blog as well! Well wishes and best of luck! <3

  2. January 3, 2017 / 10:44 am

    I’m loving your new design! I’ve been eyeing one of Pipdig’s themes too. I hope you can reach your personal and blog goals for 2017! x

    http://www.erinazmir.com

    • January 3, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      I personally love pipdig’s themes for high level of customization. Not only do you not have to stick to the desired template, it’s very easy to enter the code and shift things around how you like them! Best of luck to you too in the new year! <3

  3. January 3, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Loving this new branding! I wish you the best of luck for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  4. January 3, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I love the new colour scheme, it looks super clean! I’m pretty sure we have the same theme haha. Hope you’re having a wonderful new year so far Heather!

    • January 3, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you! Actually we totally do! Your blog is what mine looked like prior to the redesign! Thanks so much girl! <3 Best of luck in the new year to you too!

  5. January 4, 2017 / 12:38 am

    Those sound like fantastic goals! And I absolutely dig your new theme, there’s something about “new” that’s extremely motivating. Though, the whole sticking to a blogging schedule is difficult regardless of how pretty the design is. I feel ya on the “I want to feel inspired when I post” thing. I hate coming up with a post just to post, yanno? It somehow feels inauthentic to whomever reads my shizz.

    Not gonna lie, I’m super jealous of your location. I lived in Maryland throughout college and the winters were blessedly mellow. My new state of Oregon… not so much. Though New England winters are no treat either… I grew up in NH, and since you’re from Maine I’m sure you get it.

    I actually haven’t told anyone my resolutions. I’m adhering to the be quiet & self-motivate philosophy because I fell very short last year and maybe I need to try out a new tactic. To each their own, I guess. Some people work best by being held publicly accountable, obviously not me hahah.

    • January 4, 2017 / 12:52 am

      Ironically I actually live in Washington, DC so not too far off! It’s so funny when the DMV gets snow and everyone freaks out over a foot– I’m like… have yall tried to drive in this? Can you even drive in this? But for the most part, I love it both in DC and in Maine, although nature wise, Maine has DC beat by a mile.

      I get what you mean when it comes to personal accountability. I feel like resolutions are terribly glorified and people tend to make them more so for the sake of making them than actually fulfilling them. However, I wish you the best of luck with your new year and that you’ll make each resolution matter and count!

  6. Dannii
    January 4, 2017 / 11:05 am

    The new blog design looks great. It’s really easy to navigate that is good to me.

  7. January 4, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Ahhh I love this! I chose to invest in an actual camera last year as well and I’ve been loving it!

    • January 4, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Same! I can’t get enough pictures or photographs, I love it!

  8. January 4, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Love the new look. The subtle change in the color of the font title makes a difference. Photos from your trip to Germany are awesome! And kudos to you for setting goals for 2017.

    • January 4, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much! I know it really is unbelievable how much a difference some slight changes can make! If you want to see more, check out my Instagram! Thanks a bunch for stopping by, best of luck in the new year to you too!

  9. January 4, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Loving the changes! Your blog is beautiful. Have a wonderful year <3

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • January 4, 2017 / 11:25 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much! I’m so glad you like it! You as well babe!

      xx

  10. January 5, 2017 / 12:13 am

    First off, LOVED your photos and your editing style. Especially loved the photo above your “Resolutions” header. (definitely just followed you on Instagram). Second, LOVED your resolutions. Totally on board with the blog goals, I am going to try to make it a great year for my social media accounts as well! 🙂

    Ashlee | http://www.theivoryfawn.com

    • January 5, 2017 / 1:00 am

      Hey Ashlee! Thanks for all the kind words! I actually made a blog post detailing how exactly I edit my photos which can be found here right down to the filter, adjustments, and everything (only difference is that the temperature is likely turned up instead of down). I think the exciting thing about blogging is thinking up goals and finally being able to reach them! Cheers to the new year and I wish the best of luck to you in your endeavors too! <3

  11. Oindrila
    January 5, 2017 / 6:19 am

    I really love the color scheme you’ve chosen for your blog. It is minimal yet very eye catching. 🙂 All the best for new year.

    • January 6, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      I actually feel the same about the gold accent… also that it really brings out the earthier toned photos as well! Thanks so much for the kind words and stopping by!

  12. January 6, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Great goals! I feel you with the blog comparisons – it’s really not helpful but it’s hard not to compare! Your blog is great though – keep it up and you’ll do great! Nikki x

    http://www.twentysomethingmuddle.com

    • January 6, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thank so much! Best of luck to you as well!

  13. January 6, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Happy New Year!

    Your new blog changes look great. Good luck with all your goals.

    • January 6, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you! That’s what I was going for! <3

  14. January 6, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I like the new blog look. The goals are great and this is the kind of thing that I’m working towards this year. I want to stay at least a week ahead of myself so I can keep posting regularly.

    • January 6, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      It really is important to make goals so you can have the added satisfaction when you achieve them! Best of luck to you with everything!

  15. January 6, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had quite a great year! <3 This year, I'm shifting to monthly goals because I think I will be more likely to stick to them if I check in on them every 4-weeks!

    • January 6, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      It’s been a great year indeed! I’ve found monthly goals work really well for me too! Best of luck to you in the new year!

  16. January 6, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Happy new year Heather dear — 2016 obviously rocked for you and that’s fantastic.
    Plus your blog looks really beautiful,definitely digging the new look 🙂

    • January 7, 2017 / 12:17 am

      Thank you so much! Have a great new year as well! 🙂

  17. January 7, 2017 / 3:48 am

    It looks great and why not change redo something important to you versus focusing on yourself. I like the one goals to forgive yourself.

    • January 7, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you! That’s exactly what I thought– besides, I love a dash of fresh energy especially since my blog layout has remained largely the same for about four months now!

  18. January 7, 2017 / 4:11 am

    Happy New Year! I love the look and vibe of your new website design! My resolutions are to get back to the gym and to be better with a time managemant. 🙂

    • January 7, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much! Here’s to hoping you can achieve all that and more! You go girl!

  19. blair villanueva
    January 7, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I like your new blog design, simple, neat and minimal. That will make your blog easy to load and much web-friendly 🙂

  20. Jennyj
    January 7, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Love your design and how minimal everything is!! Wonderful goals and all the best for 2017 xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

    • January 7, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      That’s what I was going for! Thank you so much, all the best to you in the new year as well! <3

  21. January 7, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Great job heather! I love your simplistic design, I also have one that is similar. Lots of resolutions for 2017. Goodluck and keep at it!

  22. January 8, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I’m loving the new look of your blog honey! Sounds like 2016 was a pretty great year! Have another great one in 2017!

    • January 9, 2017 / 2:08 am

      Thanks so much! Here’s to hoping it’s only up from here! 🙂

  23. January 9, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Happy New Year! I’m loving the re-brand! Have you thought about joining some of those marketing groups that are specifically geared toward linking influencers with brands?

    • January 9, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Hi Roxy! Thanks so much! I’ve looked at a few but haven’t found any that really seem legitimately effective at linking influencers with marketers! That’s definitely something I’d be very open to though, granted I found a good group for it!

  24. January 9, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    What a fun way to start the new year. I love the new design and can’t wait to see what you do this year.

    • January 9, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much! Hope your new year has been grand thus far as well!

  25. January 12, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Congratulations on the new blog design. Love the simple clean lines.My new year resolution I’d to make even more awesome e content and refurbish old ones.

    • January 13, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much! I worked really hard on making sure it was visually appealing! Good luck in your resolutions babe!

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