It’s Time For a Change

For a while now, I’ve been really unsure what was going to happen with this blog. Every time I sat down to write, the words didn’t flow like they used to. I stopped being really active here, on social media, and even blog reading – the entire idea of blogging seemed a bit foreign to me.

I considered deleting the blog, moving on to “bigger” and “better” things. I was probably 75% convinced that stepping away from blogging was the right move for me. It felt like a good time to walk away as our life had changed drastically from when this launched back when I quit the corporate world. I’m such a different person now and closing the door on the old chapters of my life felt right.

But when I sat down to tell Nathan I was ready to say goodbye to this blog, what came out wasn’t “this is the end of the blog.” Instead, I told him I had hundreds of ideas to talk about and just couldn’t find the words. That I wanted to blog, but I just wasn’t feeling like it was my space anymore.

So he suggested I go back to a personal hand-written journal again. I knew I’d much rather type it out so I figured why not just have a private blog and d I was inspired immediately. It was the first time in over a year that I felt like I had the want and ability to just write again. To really put my emotions out there. Out of my head, even if it wasn’t for the whole world to see.

But then I started wondering why I wasn’t using this space as a journal like I used to. Why it wasn’t collecting memories of our journey into self-employment, our growth as a couple, our house transitions, the baby fever that seems to grow each day, our travels, and everything else that I would want to look back and remember in five years.

And it wasn’t because I needed a new design to refresh my space here. Or because I had someone reading this that I wish never knew I had a blog. Or because I had the biggest case of writer’s block known to man.

It was because this blog reflects so much of what I used to be. What used to drive me, fill me with joy, and the priorities of what feels like a life that is long forgotten. It’s my starting point. It’s my new beginning. It’s everything that brought me to where I am, but so little of what fills my core today. And while I don’t ever want to forget how I got here, I’m also ready for another new beginning.

And I want that new beginning to show more about me than that I work 24/7. So I’ll be starting a new blog. One that’s geared towards anything but the business stuff. I want it to give me that outlet for everything that isn’t small business related. The food, the clothes, the relationships, the trips, the dreams, the hobbies, the beliefs, the growth. The deep, the light, the ugly – all of it.

And I’ll be keeping this one for all things small-business related. The Gnarly Whale, blogging, business tips, interviews, handmade shop promotions and so much more.

I have HUGE plans for both blogs and am looking forward to having two separate outlets to fuel my creativity. I’ve wanted to include all of these things in this blog for years now, but never found a good way to balance them. I know having two jam-packed blogs will be a lot more work, but I’ve never been one to shy away from the work as long as the creativity part comes naturally.

I’ll still be using this blog for all content until the new one is up and running (hopefully by the end of the year.) And if you made it all of the way to the bottom of this post, thank you. I appreciate each and every reader, but especially those that have been there while I’ve tried to balance both aspects of my life in this blog. I’m so excited about the changes and I hope you are too!

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. As you know I just went through the same thing with my blog. I didn’t feel like it was my space, I didn’t feel like it was something that I wanted it to be. I wanted a space where I could write without the expectations that I had created for myself, in my own head but that I also couldn’t get past. I can’t wait to read your new blog, friend! :)

  2. I hear ya Ashley. I went through 8 blogs until I got on the one I write now where I share what I do, see, watch, love, eat, which is basically, like you said, a diary of sorts. It has been so much more rewarding. I look forward to reading your new space, for I’m interested in knowing you more. Business is great but I tend to really want to know who is behind the business, what do they do, like, who are they? I look forward to getting to know you more there. Cheers to changes!

  3. I’m excited for you!

  4. I feel like I’m going through that right now. I’m just going through so much in my life right now (school mainly), that I’m struggling to keep up. But I can’t wait to see your new one!

  5. Oh no don’t leave us Ashley! But of course, do what’s best for you at this point in your life :)

  6. Sounds like the right decision. I think you’ll enjoy having an outlet where you can just be you!

  7. I look forward to following your new blog. I often feel like my blog is not my own anymore, but I’m slowly but surely take it back to where it first originated. Good luck! :)

  8. Change is good! I did the same thing earlier this year and it felt great! You’re going to love it.

  9. I like this new idea SO much better than you quiting blogging Ashley! I liked your blog when you first started, I like it now, and I really look forward to what your new blog will be like. All that personal stuff is actually fun to read! (And to write about!) Good luck!

  10. Can’t wait to see how both evolve! I’ve been feeling this way about my own blog and kind of want to start over from scratch, but the truth is, I have no time and don’t consider it a priority. Of course, I don’t own my own business like you do, so doing it “right” makes sense. -Jessica L

  11. I couldn’t even tell you all the iterations my blog has gone through in the last ten years — three platforms, drastically changing content, etc. It’s all about the process and I look forward to reading your new blog as well! I’m so glad we connected :)

  12. Sometimes the best thing you can do is change things up. Don’t worry, I’ll follow you wherever. :)

  13. What a great realization. Although, I would have missed you if you decided to leave, I would have totally understood your decision- we all just have to do what’s best for ourselves. Can’t wait to see your new space!


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