Welcome back to the new and improved Keeping Up With Kyria! You may have noticed a few changes around here. Keeping Up With Kyria has had a complete overhaul. I’ve been thinking about changing the design of my site for a very long time, however I’ve always been unsure about where I wanted to go with things. But honestly, I’m just so happy with everything I could cry. I feel like I have this new lease of life and my blogging fire has well and truly returned, I’m excited for this new chapter!
Also, big up to the peeps at Station Seven for doing such a fab job and doing all the hard parts for me, you’re all gems!
As for my new theme, I feel like it’s pretty self-explanatory. All my categories are still the same and available from the nav bar at the top of the blog, I have a shiny new ‘About Me’ page and a shiny new ‘Contact Me’ page and I think that’s everything!
What can you expect from this relaunch?
There will be nothing TOO different in terms of content. I will still be doing lots of beauty posts, the occasional lifestyle post, fashion bits and travel posts if and when I go anywhere.
I’m definitely going to be doing more fashion/style content. I feel like I’m really getting in the zone with my style and having a boyfriend stroke 24/7 Instagram husband and outfit photographer really helps. (Thanks Jay, you’re a babe).
Anyway, I don’t know if anyone had noticed, but I took a pretty big break from blogging. An almost two month break to be exact. The break started out unintentionally. I was bogged down by other responsibilities, and in the little free time I had, I found it tough to motivate myself to do anything besides the bare minimum for my blog. The writer’s block was real and I was struggling. I kept putting things off. I kept telling myself I would finally publish that post ‘tomorrow’ except ‘tomorrow’ kept getting pushed back, and I kept stressing about it. Eventually I just decided to be intentional about my break and simply enjoy it with no guilt looming over me.
I am a blogger who likes to take time to compose a post; plan an hour or so in my agenda to write the post, sitting in a comfy chair at my desk, sipping a cup of tea and nibbling on some biscuits. Or something like that. I love writing, it has always been my strongest trait. However in the past two months, maybe three, I have lost it. I think it’s because I have been pushing myself to keep blogging, blogging, blogging – even when there was no inspiration there.
For those who don’t know me, I am the definition of a perfectionist. I thrive on organisation and making to-do lists. I love having a busy schedule and planning tons of projects. I’m always trying to improve my skills to be better than I was yesterday. Improvement, for me, also means that I am looking to other bloggers as an inspiration to become better. In hindsight, this doesn’t seem like a horrible thing right?
I haven’t been blogging for long but I see some bloggers are earning thousands whereas I haven’t quite found my way yet. There are those fashion bloggers who have beautiful outfits, Instagram-worthy makeup and Pinterest-perfect hair. There are beauty bloggers who are able to create amazing makeup looks and show their skills on their blogs and Instagram. There are lifestyle bloggers who passionately share their stories that so many others can relate to.
I didn’t feel like I could measure up to all the talented bloggers that I know. I didn’t feel good enough. Every post I put up I hated. I didn’t like anything I was creating because comparison got in the way of my judgement and it made me feel horrible about myself. That’s when I knew I had to stop.
Whether you are comparing yourself to a model on Instagram, or the blogger who has been doing this for years – you cannot compare yourself to that person. Of course, this is easier said than done. There will still be days where I’m going to doubt myself and fall back into the comparison trap because it’s an easy trap to fall into. But I will not allow it to control my thoughts on myself and my self-worth. One of my New Years Resolutions was to be more kind to myself, and this is one aspect that I’m hoping will help me reach that goal.
If you’re comparing yourself to anyone, whether it’s a friend, a blogger, a model or someone you don’t even know…stop. You are most likely doing more harm than good. It’s okay to learn and improve but it’s definitely not okay to judge yourself negatively. You deserve to be kind to yourself.
Oh, and one last thing…
The last thing that I need to mention here is that I’m starting a weekly newsletter. Yay!
You can sign up here, they will go out every Sunday and the first one will be landing in your inboxes this week! (Sunday 18th June)
In the newsletter you can expect to see lots of fun things! I will be linking back to some of my favourite things from the past week (any news I may have, things I want to buy, blog posts I’ve enjoyed, people I’ve been loving, what I’ve been listening to and lots more!) You will receive exclusive content and behind the scenes shiz.
I want to make sure every week is different. There will obviously be sections each week that are in every issue, but every so often I will add lil’ extras of whatever pops into my head that I think you’ll like.
I can see these newsletters as an extension of my blog and I’m praying that you like them! Again, you can sign up here and if you haveany ideas/feedback/specific things you want me to include, let me know!
I think that’s everything..
JESUS this is a mammoth blog post.
I’ve been working on redesigning my blog for weeks now, and I’m so happy to be able to reveal it to you and tell you all that I’m back posting blogs of things I am loving and places I’ve been. If you’ve been here from the start, then welcome back and my blog has missed you. If you’re new around here then hello, get comfy, grab a cuppa and enjoy ‘Keeping Up With Kyria’.
Photos by Lydia Collins.