New Year, New Site

Hello, all! Hope you have all stuck around whilst I’ve been taking some time away from posting every waking moment. If so, I truly appreciate you and your support for my content.

With that appreciation, I now ask for a huge favor in my next endeavor. I’ve hinted at it in the past, but only recently have I taken the plunge and have gone head-first into new territory.

Yes, I now have my own domain, a new self-running website, and new content to spring at you. I want to fully dedicate myself to the world of blogging, which means each post will involve more time and effort to hopefully better serve as a resource for my readers.

So what’s new with my site? alliemaelynn.com is still just me, the same ol’ person at the keyboard typing away about whatever I deem important and inspirational to discuss. I’ll still be discussing the same types of topics I already do, including mental health, spirituality, and sustainability. These are all still very important to me.

However, I really want to hone in on these topics into one overarching goal: to help others live a life prioritizing wellness. I’ve always considered the term “wellness” as one requiring a multi-faceted understanding of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

By becoming more mindful and grounded in what makes us better selves, we can then translate that into wellness beyond ourselves. We are more aware of how our choices and actions affect others and the world around us. This is where my passions for sustainability, veganism, and advocacy come into play. We establish the foundation of wellness within ourselves, and then we can focus our intentions outward.

That’s all fine and dandy, but what else is new besides an actual domain name? Since I plan to take more time with each post I write to ensure they can be easily shared and helpful for you, I’m cutting back on how often I post each week. Let’s be honest, it was already crazy busting out 5 posts every week, but I still plan on sharing 3 different posts: one post for your own wellness, one for outward wellness, and one for me just to chat about whatever tickles my fancy. As always, you can find these posts shared across my social media platforms with a new emphasis on Pinterest.

These three posts each week will also include a new tidbit at the end of my long-form rambling, and that is a mindful meditation. In a few short sentences, I’m including a spiritually inclined devotion to provide a higher focus and purpose behind what I share, as well as start the day on a gracious, humble foot. A goal for myself this year is to become more open and involved in my faith rather than tiptoe around it in fear of offending others, but at the end of the day, this is my site, and if you’re here for my opinions and beliefs, then that’s a big part of it.

Besides all that jazz, I’m just going with the flow and seeing where this new step takes me. With greater flexibility and independence on my own website, I really have no clue what possibilities could come from this, but I’d really love to be able to make my blog a “side hustle,” as the kids call it, and put my heart and soul into my work. Not like I already did, but now I have a reason to be more focused and serious about what I do as an online creative.

Again, thank you all so much for being a part of this journey. I highly encourage you to join me on alliemaelynn.com and subscribe to my posts. Share my site and posts with others who might benefit from them, and please provide any feedback you have so I can make my site a resourcefor you to enjoy.

Change is scary, and so is going into an unknown where I could fall flat on my face, but I’m ready for the challenge.

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie

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Day 2: Writing

This one seems kind of obvious. I’m here right now. I wouldn’t be here without writing and without all the opportunities it has given me. Writing about writing…is this Inception, or…

Anyways, I’m sure I’ve shared my relationship and story involving writing plenty of times already. Reading and writing have always held a special place in my life. I put writing on the back burner for a long time, either because I had no inspiration to write or thought it was a dream that I could never achieve. Wanting to write for a living isn’t going to pay the bills, so what’s the point?

I remember picturing myself as one of those young creative masterminds who writes a publishes a book in high school or earlier. But I also remember sitting down countless times with a vague idea in my head, usually just piggy-backing off of something I just read, and the most I could ever muster was one chapter. I never had the motivation to continue.

Obviously everybody has to write in school. It’s just a fact of life. Some people are okay with it, others despise it. Trust me, I work at my university’s Writing Center, so I’ve seen a variety of opinions. Whenever I’m working, even when I’m having a not-so great day, I find a new drive inside me when I talk about writing. When I can help someone else on how to word sentences and structure paragraphs. Admittedly, it doesn’t sound too exciting, and working with people isn’t always peachy, but in those half hour sessions, I end up having conversations where I feel totally in the zone, like I have a strong voice that guide others. I don’t feel that way very often.

It’s not like I’m a writing master by any means. Never ask me to write poetry or song lyrics or a research paper. I’ve never even gotten into journaling. But when I have the freedom to express my opinion and thoughts, nothing can stop me. I can find that passion at times I wasn’t always sure was there. When I’m at a loss for words, my hands on a keyboard or with pen and paper do the talking.

I also love seeing and reading other people’s writings. The depth behind those words. The stories they can tell. The emotions they can convey. It is so powerful. Our evolution from other living beings is our unique forms of communication. Writing can be history, or art, or science, or really anything. Especially when I think of how broad it can go.

But for a more specific example, writing is my anchor keeping me afloat. It’s a compass guiding in the right direction. I might not know exactly what I want to do in life, but I know, without a doubt, I want to write. This ability is the one I’m most confident in. We have all been given a special talent and purpose for our lives, and I feel like this is mine. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

As I’ve said, writing hasn’t always been easy for me. I’ve certainly written things that aren’t too great to read. I used to resent myself for never following through with creative projects. I’ve come across a fair share of harsh critics that doubt my potential. And I’m not one to take criticism well, especially when I put so much hard work into it. Writing has, at times, made me stressed beyond belief. Especially since starting my blog, I can go practically a week without wanting to write anything.

But then I get a spark of motivation and can’t stop myself from letting my mind wander. In those moments, I am unstoppable. My proudest achievements are always my writings, whether they be opinion columns or blog posts or essays.

A main focus in my journalism classes is the importance of story telling and the influence it has on people. Writing gives me the power to create and share my own story, along with others, real or fiction. Writing has provided me opportunities I would have never predicted. I have been able to connect with other people on the deepest of levels. I’ve filled plenty of roles that I never would have earned without my writing.

So today I’m thanking the art of writing and the role it has played in my life. That one hobby that has transformed into my goal. Thank you for giving me a chance to define myself and find a sense of purpose. Thank you for giving me a foundation to fall back on when my confidence has run low. Thank you for giving me a platform to organize the endless stream of thoughts in my mind into something meaningful. Thank you for giving me a tool I can utilize for good.

Words aren’t always pretty. They can hurt. They can provoke negativity and pain and everything else unpleasant. We usually love to use words when figuring out who we are in this world. I am beyond thankful to use the term “writer.” That is who I am. I still have no clue what I exactly want to do in my life. But I hope I can spend my life fulfilling that role, following that passion.

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie