New Year? WHY NOT IMPULSIVELY ROLL OUT A NEW BLOG DESIGN?!
Just kidding… this whole rebranding and web design process has been a LONG time in the making.
We’re changing our blog name from Sawdust and Embryos to Reality Daydream.
So if you’re wondering if you have come to the right place… you have! Nobody hacked my website, and I’m not punking you. It’s me Beth! Same ridiculous sarcastic ME! And the content will remain the same awesome nothingness that you’ve come to know and love.
I know this might be weird for some of you… like I went and got plastic surgery and look like a totally different person now. But it’s ME.
Now that you’re no longer confused, let’s talk about WHY I felt the need to make this change.
- First off, while infertility will always be a defining part of my ‘life story’, it’s no longer relevant to 99% of my blog content. It’s not that I’m shrugging it off and not recognizing it is a valuable part of what made me who I am, or affirming the fact that I had to fight hard for the family that I have. It was a chapter. A chapter that’s over. Thus… having Embryos in my blog title is confusing to people that haven’t been following for a good long time.
- That leads me to the fact that I’M TIRED OF EXPLAINING MY BLOG NAME. If it needs an explanation, it’s not good branding. I like the fact that was edgy and obnoxious… because who forgets a name like ‘Sawdust and Embryos’? Nobody. That’s who. And I loved it for a time. But once again, it was a chapter in my blogging career that’s run it’s course.
- Finally, I wanted a title that is without a niche. I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a ‘DIY blogger’ because I have Sawdust in my title. I want to just blog about my life (which often does involve DIY, but yeah)… but the bottom line is, it’s our lives. Just us.
And the ironic thing is, I’m learning that most of you keep coming back for the ‘real life’ posts, rather than the tutorials that I spend so much time creating. Haha! There’s always more engagement, commenting, and dialogue when I just write about our lives… complete with piles of laundry and chubby cheeks.
And when I recently checked out my ‘Top 9’ posts on my Instagram in 2015, it reaffirmed that for me.
Why Reality Daydream?
…well I’ll tell you.
I’ve had countless people tell me that they think of our blog as their online Reality TV Show.
I love that. The good, the bad, and the ugly. (of course that doesn’t mean I won’t move the dirty underwear out of the ‘money shot’ of one of my DIY posts… you get the point).
The ‘Daydream’ part of the title refers to the fact that MY DAYDREAM HAS BECOME MY LIFE. We’re blessed beyond measure. Of course the road has been bumpy, and we’ve had to work for it. But each day I wake up I’m so privileged to be healthy, have a warm home filled with love and laughter, and a beautiful family that makes our house a home. We’re not financially well-off by any means, but we don’t struggle to put food on the table, and I have the profound privilege of raising our girls at home… while still being able to feed my creative outlet of being crafty, building, painting, designing, etc! IT JUST DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER FOR ME.
To give you a little background on why this ‘ordinary’ life is so exceptional… I’ve struggled with depression all of my adult life. I’m not ashamed of it. It just is what it is. There have been countless times where I wondered if I could ever really be happy. Like filled with joy kind of happy. Ironically, my middle name is joy… and I’ve had to be intentional about creating a life that is FULL, and jam-packed with tangible love. Beauty that is both seen and unseen.
Image by MOLLY LONG PHOTOGRAPHY!
I’ve learned that the biggest trigger to my depression isn’t situations… it’s being idle. I need to keep myself busy. I need to feel and see that my life is purposeful. I need to know that I’m helping people. I need to physically have something that I accomplished every once in awhile.
And that’s where, I would say… blogging has saved me in a way.
Obviously there are days where I have to CHOOSE to be happy. Nick and I argue like an old married couple, the girls throw tantrums like the best of ‘em, and Cypress has blowouts… the laundry piles up, we eat frozen pizza more than I care to admit, and the kitchen looks like a hydrogen bomb went off more often than not. Nick and I don’t have college degrees… and in high school both of our parents had serious doubts about how we would turn out.
A moment of silence for our high-school selves.
But we just keep chugging along… being intentional about making this life the best possible one we could have lived.
AND FINALLY… can we talk about the new logo/header for Reality Daydream? I’ve always loved hand-lettering, and specifically the amazing work of Dawn from Designing Dawn. I reached out to her to see if she could take on my project, and she was incredible.
And it was such a fun process. I just sent her some examples of hand-lettering that I liked for various reasons, as well as a few fonts I loved so she had an idea what was going on in my head… and then she just DELIVERED.
I mean… she is a TRUE ARTIST in every form of the word. I feel so honored to have her work as my logo and header of my blog.
And huuuuuge shoutout to Sarah for doing all the back-end dirty work and making everything line up and look cohesive and such. Slow clap.
As you might expect with a big URL switch like this, certain parts of the website might be wonky or not working correctly at first. If you notice something that’s off, please let me know! You can still email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to let me know if you’re seeing the error on a desktop, tablet, or mobile… as well as what browser you’re using (ie Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Etc)
I’m so grateful to you loyal readers who keep up with our lives and encourage us along the way. I hope that little things you see here will make your day brighter, or inspire an idea for your home or family. It’s your comments, feedback, and the dialogue we share that makes this blog so rewarding for me. So THANK YOU for coming back for more each week!
Image by MOLLY LONG PHOTOGRAPHY!
We’ll just be here at Reality Daydream, sharing our ups and downs with you! I’ve got a reeeeally fun post I’m working on for Monday, so stay tuned! Happy weekend!