Well hello stranger.
It’s been far too long since I’ve written anything for this little corner of the internet. If we scroll back a bit you’d see I haven’t said much since March, to be exact.
And as life goes, it feels as if a lot has happened since then. I’ve gone on a solo trip, moved into a new place, and made some big changes to some things in my personal life. It was a time to pause and reflect on where I truly was. Anything that distracted from that energy (like blogging) felt unnecessary and trite. When I would sit down to start a blog post I got this gut feeling of “meh” instead of the “yasss” I used to have. Anything I started writing felt so off.
So instead of forcing it, instead of pushing through, instead of just pressing publish anyways… I just stopped. I went with the path of least resistance and took an indefinite break from it all. And it was marvelous. For a moment or two I even contemplated never coming back. Not blogging became this sort of the feeling you get laying under the hot sun on a far-off exotic vacation. The hot sun is seeping into your bones, warming you from the inside. You lay back, shut your eyes and soak up the simplicity. No mental deadlines, pressing blog drafts, or “must-dos” to disrupt your bliss.
But like laying under the sun for some time, you start to feel burnt and slow. You get tired, lazy, and find it a bit… well, boring. Staying away from the blog not only gave me respite from the monotony I had let it become, but on the flip side it also dulled my creative sharpness. Writing and designing for the blog was a constant creative exercise that forced me to push through. It was a space that was set before me and demanded to be filled. Some days I hated the things that I made. Other times I would become giddy with excitement at each new idea I had. Either way, you find that the more you do it, the more creative you feel.
So now that I’ve taken my sabbatical I’ve spent some time reflecting. If I am going to pick this back up, how is it going to be different than it was in the past? What’s going to make me keep doing this? And once I answered those questions I had to form a vision for the path before Observant Nomad. Do I want to go back to blogging in the traditional sense? With a calendar, content schedule, set topics and columns. Or am I more interested in something that is undefined, fluid, changing, and ambiguous.
When I first started this blog all I set out to do was to capture my life as it was happening, in more depth and exploration than social media could do. I wanted to make sure that when I looked back I could remember all the details and special moments of my adventures. And share them with you all too. That’s where my compass has always pointed, and I’ve just forgotten that.
I want to only curate posts that I find interesting or nourishing time and time again. I want to share my personal style, exploring my design taste, and create what I love. I enjoy reliving my adventures, sharing my experiences, and exploring my creative passions here. That’s what I’ve always loved most about blogging. So I hope to continue to keep the blog in this spirit.
I want to keep it open, interesting, and always evolving. Sometimes that might be a recipe I am loving, advice on travel, or a roundup of my favorite summer hats. But other times that might also mean interviews with local independent business owners, a photo journal of hiking the Colorado rockies, or waxing poetical about life itself.
It’s about changing “meh” into “hmmm I think I’m onto something…”