Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy 2013- New Year, New Blog.


Happy 2013, loves! Remember me? I know I've been neglecting my blog like it's the unwanted child I had in an attempt to save my marriage, but it failed anyway and now I'm saddled with a kid named Starr for the rest of my life, and I know- I just know- she's going to end up a stripper. But this is not my unwanted stripper child! This is my favorite online space! And with this New Year, I'm determined to refocus my efforts on blogging & make some changes I've been thinking about for a while now. Ready?

So first thing's first: I (once again) changed my blog URL. This time, I promise it's for real the last change. I love the name Cheeky Cheeky, and it's been good to me for a year or so, but it was time for me to switch to a more permanent URL. What could be more permanent than my name? So, you will now find this blog at carmenmariah.com. The old URL and feed will redirect, so it shouldn't have much of an affect on anyone who follows via Google Reader or anything. But update your bookmarks! (To the one person that has this site bookmarked... Mom, I'm lookin' at you.) Although the feed will redirect, if you'd like to switch your subscription over to the new URL- click here.

Also, I gave my blog a facelift to go with this new URL. It's a work in progress, but so far I'm loving it. (Whenever I say that, I automatically want McDonalds. S/O to the genius who created that little jingle.) I wasn't sure if it was even possible, but I've simplified my design even further with this redesign. There's something I love about white with little pops of color- so classic. Simplicity is the key to my heart.

I'm taking this redesign & the New Year as an opportunity to redefine my posting and content strategy. (YEAH. I said strategy. Like I know a thing or two.) I don't like feeling like I have a haphazard posting routine. I'd like to have predefined categories that the majority of my posts fit into. (See the column on the right. Also, I just had to check my hands to figure out left and right. Am I a 24-year-old adult or no?) Some of these categories don't exactly exist yet, but I'll be creating them over the next few weeks/months/whatever/don't pressure me!!! I want this blog to feel more like me- lots of writing, giggles, pretty pictures, pop culture obsessions and some style & baking thrown in for good measure.

I feel like recommitting to blogging is the new recommitting to a diet/workout plan in the new year. But since I also just started a diet yesterday, I'm pretty much just a giant cliche at this point, so why not just go with it? (Speaking of which, how does anyone actually drink 8 glasses of water a day? When am I supposed to fit in Diet Coke? Also, I really want pizza. And ice cream. And beer. And candy. OMG. HELP!) I love the fact that the beginning of a new year gives us all time to take pause and reevaluate some things in our lives. Going into this year as a newly single girl (GHASP! WHAT! Calm down. It's cool.), I feel like I have extra space in my life to set about creating a whole new life here in LA. I would like it to involve a lot more writing, a few more beach days, and a ton of time spent with friends.

Last night, one of my best friends and I got into a long conversation about New Years Resolutions and the best way to go about planning for the year ahead. She gave me a new way of looking at resolutions- instead of setting unrealistic goals, focus on how you want to feel in 2013, and then set about making changes to achieve that feeling. If you want to feel happy and fulfilled, what do you have to do in 2013 to achieve that? If it involves getting healthier, blogging more and reading more, then do it! But if it means focusing on the positive more than the negative and making an effort to surround yourself with people who love and support you, then those are great goals, too. (Being the ridiculous over-achiever/over-committer/over-self-analyzer that I am, those goals are all on my to-do list for this upcoming year.) Setting the focus on a feeling rather than a tangible number on a scale is a much healthier way of going into this new year.

So here's to 2013- a year that I'm determined to make better than all the rest.

24 comments:

  1. Cheers! The new site is so pretty :)

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  2. The new look looks great! Lurve this new direction you're teasing me with.

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  3. I've missed you lady. And I still fancy you.

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    1. Girlllll, you have the key to my heart.

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  4. Cheers to 2013! I'm loving the new design and your take on reevaluating your blogging strategy. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us.
    xoxo

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  5. This is pretty much my favorite blog like ever. I love it. Can't wait to see the new year's content you have!

    Christen
    http://www.anunordinaryhello.com

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  6. i really like that advice about making changes based on a feeling. because we can run around trying to accomplish everything on our lists but still feel under-accomplished and like we're exactly where we started. good advice!

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  7. I knew this was cheeky cheeky even before you wrote that it had been. I love that you have one of those blogging styles that has your written voice and you can just tell by the writing style. A new name isn't a big deal, all that matters is that your here and blogging! I can't wait to see your posts during this next year!

    Also I did the same thing! I wrote down some year goals instead of giving myself resolutions. Whereas most people will be all "isn't that the same thing?" They are but they are not. All of the ones I set for myself are pretty realistic. Also I feel like if I call them goals instead of resolutions I'm more likely to do them. I'm a weirdo.

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    1. Omg thank you so much. You are too sweet. That's one of my main goals- to have someone be able to identify my writing without knowing it's me. So- yay! Great start to the New Year.

      Totally smart to think of them as goals instead of resolutions. I think in my mind, I automatically assume I'll break a resolution, whereas a goal just sounds so much more attainable.

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  8. Love the new design! I like your category idea. I think that would be helpful in determining if something really "fits" on my blog or not...instead of just blogging for the sake of it. Thanks for sharing your goals!

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    1. Thanks love! Yeah, I think sometimes it's easy to see what other bloggers are posting and think "hey, I should have something like that on my blog." But a lot of times, it just doesn't fit. Like, just because I love reading other blogger's DIYs doesn't mean I should be posting DIYs. (I'm a disaster with a glue gun.)
      Thanks for reading :)

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  9. Beautiful blog makeover, Carmen!!

    -AW

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  10. It looks great love! I'd only say maybe make that top menu bigger for ladies with bad eyesight like me? ;) Such a great change for you! And your sidebar photo is gorgeous!!

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    1. Thanks love!! I have literally gone back & forth on the top menu size like 12 times. I can't make up my mind! I think you're right though- a tad bigger would be better.

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  11. I love the new look! I've recently re-designed and gone a lot simpler as well. Can't beat it! I'm a bit weird about New Years resolutions, I prefer to just think of how I want my life to 'be' in a year and focus on that instead!

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  12. You are hilarious and I love it so much. The new look is beautiful! Simple, classic and pretty. I hope the New Year brings you lots of goodness. Also, good luck on your diet! I need to start on mine but everytime I go to start on it, I am like GIVE ME ALL THE FOOD! sad. haha

    Have a wonderful first weekend of the New Year!

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