This Is Who I Am (Not An Alt Summit Recap)

Everyone and their brother (or should I say, sister) is busy doing Alt Summit recaps. I must admit that I was tempted to put together yet another post that tried really hard to share with you how amazing the experience was, but have decided it would be in vain. No single blog post can do Alt Summit justice. I mean it. If you are passionate about blogging, find a way to go next year because you won’t be even the tiniest bit disappointed. In fact, your inspiration and excitement will grow exponentially from the experience – and your blog will be all the better for it.

Although an Alt Summit recap isn’t in the cards here, one thing I can tell you is that I had a bit of an epiphany about CLOTH & KIND while I was there. I realized that I was only sharing a very, very small part of who I am with you here. And that in holding back and limiting what I shared I was running the risk of coming off as something I’m not, which is funny because if you meet me in real life I’m a totally open book and a completely transparent person – very real, or so I’ve been told. But the blog just hasn’t been reflecting all of that. Until now, I’ve been keeping myself carefully veiled behind a pretty blog design, talking about pretty things – but that’s about it. I’m not quite sure why. It wasn’t even a conscious decision to keep myself from you, I just didn’t think anyone would really be all that interested. The fact of the matter is, blogging is highly personal and you get out of it what you put into it.

Much like motherhood, I’ve managed to take this fledgling little blog that I created, nurture it, love it, spend a whole heck of a lot of time with it, and grow it into something I am exceptionally proud of. But I’m afraid that without a shot in the arm of real life infused into these pages I’ll eventually grow tired of talking about my second favorite things in this world (next to my family), textiles & interior design. I keep it oh-so-real with my family and friends, so why haven’t I been as open on CLOTH & KIND? The community that has built up around this little blog includes people that have become my dear friends, whose lives I genuinely like to hear about, whose Tweets and Instagrams I look forward to. This isn’t just a place that I jot down my creative thoughts and send them out into cyberspace anymore, this is a real part of my life and all of you who come here to read it are my friends and so you deserve more.

The point of all of this is to tell you that I do want to keep it real with you. So this year, my goal is to make CLOTH & KIND a lot more personal – and no, I don’t mean in an open diary kind of a way, just that I am starting to cover a broader array of topics that genuinely interest me and make me happy. Like my KIDS (I mean a momma’s gotta brag, right?), GOOD FOOD (love it, suck at making it, but enjoy trying), TRAVEL (there’s not a city I visit that I don’t find something I’d love to share with you), ART (I have a soft spot for up and coming artists doing amazing work), PRETTY FLOWERS (one of the simplest pleasures in life and speaking of, did you see the new column yesterday that my great bud Tami Ramsay guest edited?!), LOCAL JOINTS (Ann Arbor is brimming with places that I am itching to tell you about), and kind of whatever is striking my fancy at the moment. But most importantly, I think you’re going to get a much better sense of me through all of this and my hope is that this blog will become even more rewarding for me to write and more enjoyable for you to read.

Don’t get me wrong. CLOTH & KIND will first and foremost, forever and always be the place where I am my good old textile-addicted, interior design loving self, but it’s also going to reflect a whole lot more. Because this is who I am.

PHOTO CREDIT | Mallory MacDonald Photography did this fantastic photo shoot of my whole family when we were up in Seattle this past Christmas. She rocks.

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Comments

  1. The kettle is bubbling my friend. Great things to come!

  2. Dear Krista, this post is so inspiring to me. I’ve been struggling with the same subject and I feel like it even made me hesitate before posting. I’m looking forward to see more of YOU here, and thanks for being an inspiration.

    • Chedva – I had a feeling I wasn’t alone! It’s hard to know how much to put out there, isn’t it? But thank you for sharing that you have struggled with this same issue. This is what’s so great about the blogging community – when we finally do put ourselves out there, there is generally such a positive reaction from others. Thank you for your kind note and I look forward to seeing how you handle this on your own blog. For the record, I majorly struggled with hitting the ‘publish’ button on this one. ;-)

  3. Krista- thanks for sharing. looking forward to more of you and more about you!

    • Ah – thank you, dear Seema! And, PS, I still owe you payment for my most recent order of your beautiful fabrics which I can’t wait to see in those custom colorways. I’m traveling this week, but will get it to you ASAP so you can get started. Very excited! xo

  4. i think you have such a lovely blog and can’t wait to read what you have planned. Your family photos above are beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Sundeep. The admiration is completely mutual! Designwali is so wonderful… To anyone who has not yet checked it out, please visit now and prepare to be inspired!

  5. Krista, I loved reading this post and I have others to catch up on but it really got me. I’ve had similar feelings about my own blog when I started and have slowly shared more and more personal information. For me it was all the way I was raised. My Mom raised me for most of my life and she is the most humble person you will ever meet. I am like her in so many ways, and part of that is not talking about myself. And it’s not that I don’t want to but I’ve never been one to just spill it. I’m happy to when asked but it’s never been about me, and sometimes that can be a fault. Anyway, I love that we’ll be reading more about you, your family, and your other passions. Fun things ahead! And I like your spin on your takeaway from ALT – not just a recap but how it changed and enlightened you. Way to go girl!

    • It really is a sort of natural evolution, I think. That is, learning and trusting enough to share more and more on the blog, bit by bit. Thanks, Holly… as always, your comments make my day! xo

  6. Krista – you are a gem. I love this post. I love that you will give your readers your creative side, and now the even more beautiful side of your life. I look forward to it all.

  7. This one really spoke to me today too Krista. I look forward to following you along this journey!

  8. Bravo!
    I think that it’s an evolution. As long as you are growing, you are doing great! I have a hard time deciding what to share sometimes also. My blog has a very specific focus also so I started off limiting the amount of information that I put out. Now, I just share everything. Good luck with this. I’m proud of you.

    • I love it! Awesome that you are so candid on the blog and open, Kimberly…You are so right that it is an evolution and as long as things are moving forward there’s really no wrong direction. Thanks for stopping by to comment!
      xo
      Krista

  9. Krista-such a lovely, honest post, that really hit home. I am constantly struggling with “focus” on the blog and speaking from the heart about what is important to me.. Thanks for the reminder about how valuable it really is!

    • Hey, Alison! Thank you. It’s hard to be vulnerable, definitely, but the longer I blog the more I realize that people actually are here to read about me and what I think, and the same is true for you (and for all bloggers). Wishing you luck – we’ll both be working through it this year, from what it sounds like.
      xo
      Krista

  10. Colleen commented:

    Hey Krista! I think that’s a fabulous idea!! I’ve been following your blog since day 1 but to be honest, I know very little about textiles and designs. I’m looking forward to all the new topics you’ll be covering my friend!!

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