“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean
Change while at times can be incredibly scary is something I tend to embrace and welcome. With the changing of seasons and whether, I tend to look at it as new beginnings. I re-evaluate where I am, what I want to do, and what direction I want to take. Fall, in particular, seems especially transitional. Though school is something that has been continuous throughout the year for me, for many, the new academic year begins in the fall. The change in temperature is much more noticeable and in my opinion harsher, as is the change in vegetation as it hibernates, ad daylight is shortened considerably.
For me, my routine is always thrown out of whack. I no longer wake with the sun, instead I get up before it and go to bed after it. It feels drearier, and because of that change is something I do to create excitement, to keep pushing myself forward so I don’t stagnate and give into Seasonal Affective Disorder. Life is about embracing, but also growing. Thus cha-cha-changes.
The first big change comes with a sad announcement the demise of Svetlana. She was a Pro companion and essentially my life the last six years. Seeing me through many a NaNoWriMo, numerous other book drafts and thousands of blog posts, essays, and random ponderings and musings. She was there for me for late night binge writing sessions, and a cheerleader through word sprints. While she could be temperamental at times and gave me two
heart attacks scares, she was loyal to the end. She knew my mind inside and out. Her last act unbeknownst to me, was to in fact to back up everything.
Which has made the transition to Xenia all the more easier and I must say I truly am in love with Xenia. She is three pounds lighter then Svetlana, is insanely fast and holds so much more knowledge in her little hard drive. And while we had a couple hiccups getting to know each other, Xenia and I are bosom buddies now.
Okay dramedy aside, I got a new computer and I can once more sleep peacefully at night. Also if I didn’t love Apple before I certainly do now. After my computer crashed last December, I couldn’t back up anything. Not to an external or a USB Drive. BUT because it is Apple everything did back up to the cloud so I didn’t lose any of my writings, or my pictures. Yay!
Fall is usually when I take a cyber break. I also update my social media and make changes, update resumes, and just give everything a bit of a fresher look. I am also preparing for NanoWriMo and work on editing my manuscipts.
While I took my cyber/social media break a wee bit early, having done it in July, I am revamping everything now. Or maybe I am just giving it a fall/winter persona.
Whatever reasoning I want to give it, I finally updated my blog layout. As much as I had loved my previous design, and have so many good memories, I wanted something brighter, more concise, and is easy to navigate. After working on it for more hours then I thought, I finally found something that fits that criteria.
It is still a work in progress, as is everything in life. And while I am a perfectionist, I am much happier with this site then I have been with any of my others.
As you might have figured out, not only did I update my bog, I also got a new name. As much as I have loved being Ankhoryou for five years, I was ready for a change. Not a change to content (though I hope to improve on what I already have and do) but in name and look.
I have been contemplating changing my name for well over a year, but the names either didn’t stick or were taken on another social platform ruining the harmony and cohesiveness I sought. As it is, my Twitter handle had to be shortened, darn Twitter!
Deciding on Live In The Nautical was a painstakingly tough decision, (I am a Gemini) but it also was the one that clicked. Ironically a year ago, I had posted a picture with that very caption. It is simple, concise, and describes who I am and my philosophy perfectly. I might joke about being a mermaid at heart, but my love for the ocean goes deeper then that. It is a place I not only find harmony, but I find myself.
Wherever I travel, I crave bodies of water and usually it is the ocean. The ocean is freedom, and creativity. It is giddiness and fear. It is at times murky, but then that is how life is. It is highs and lows. It is an adventure and what is more adventurous and exciting then the nautical life?
While I have updated the name and layout of my blog, it will still be the same content. If anything I hope it will be better! I hope to not just bring you more trips and fashion, but more product reviews, lifestyle, and even more personalized stories.
As the saying goes if you can’t beat ’em join ’em, well I will now have affiliated links going forward. I promise that won’t affect you in anyway. (it just might pay for my coffee addiction) As always I strive to be authentic, honest, kind, and I hope humorous…but that just might be in my own head.
I have so much love in my heart for the blogging community, especially here at WordPress. This blog has given me so much, most importantly it has given me all of you. I am so blessed to count many of you as dear friends, not just on here, but in person as well. Thank you so much for reading, following, engaging and just being your sweet selves. I am so incredibly blessed and I can not wait to see where this crazy journey leads us next. I love you all! Happy Fall! <3
What do you think of the new blog? How do you handle change?