When I began blogging in November 2007, I had no idea what I was doing. I have since learned a lot about blogging and about myself. I had decided, according to my first post, to write about “all the things I strive to do and be,” and the blog has always included this statement: “I keep trying to improve myself — be a better mother, be more organized, keep up on my scrapbooking, be more environmentally friendly, etc. — but for every step I take forward, I seem to end up taking two back.”
The blog’s original title was “One Step Forward,” but the url and my profile name were “Recovering Procrastinator.” At some point, I decided this was confusing and dropped the “One Step Forward” part. Being denied a job interview in April 2010 got me thinking more about the image I was presenting and whether it accurately reflected my content or myself. Then I read “The Procrastinator’s Handbook” by Rita Emmett and “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. So many thoughts from these books were tumbling around in my head, and I realized I had dropped the wrong part of my blog persona.
So I’m shifting the focus. The title, url, organization and design will more accurately reflect what I feel the content was already delivering: what I strive to do and be, rather than what is holding me back.
The title, Grow With Graces, was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s First Splendid Truth — To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth – and the Biblical verse about growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Plus my children (one of whom is named Grace) inspire me to be continually growing.