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.