Things to look forward to

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Good things are in the works, my friends, and I’m excited to share them with you very soon. If you’ve ever been frustrated that this site isn’t quite as fast as it could be, or that it’s not quite as easy to share things as you’d like, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Aesthetics of Joy is about to get a big upgrade! We have been working so hard on the new site, complete with a new look, new features, and lots of other improvements. It should be ready in the next couple of weeks and I will be thrilled if you come by to check it out and let us know your thoughts!

And that’s not all. (Can you hear the cheesy infomercial voice?) Once the new site is up, I’ll be sharing more news about something very dear to my heart that I’ve been pouring a lot of love into lately. If you’ve been following since the beginning, this will be particularly relevant to you, I think.

Preparing to launch this new design has meant a lot of reorganizing on the back end, and it’s led me to rediscover a lot of old posts from the early days, back in 2009 when I had way more questions than answers, when I was navigating on intuition and every new discovery blew my mind. I’ve had moments where I’ve thought, “Wait, I wrote this?” and others where I remember the words like I just put them down yesterday. I’m struck by the way that blogging back then had an ease and an immediacy to it. There was no Pinterest yet, no Instagram — this was both of those things for me. I saw something great, and I turned right around and shared it.

In the years since I started, blogs have become professionalized and ad-sponsored, staffed with stylists and photographers. I find it’s easy to second-guess myself. Is what I’m about to share beautiful enough? Useful enough? Joyful enough? (And what a silly question: If something is joyful, how could it not be “enough”?) Yet reading those old posts makes me want to go in the opposite direction. I want to write “off the cuff” more. I want to let more of my life out onto these pages. I hope to be as vulnerable, silly, open, curious, and imperfect as I’ve ever been.

So, as I said at the beginning of this post, good things are in the works. And if you’d like something to read in the meantime, here are a few of my favorite posts from the old days:

Have a great week, and (cue informercial voice) stay tuned!

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