Hi friends, how are you doing? 2019 is almost upon us and I have been thinking about where I was this time last year. I remember being fed up, annoyed, dissatisfied, overwhelmed and very frustrated with my blogging journey. At that point I wasn’t on WordPress, I was using the Wix platform because I felt it was easier to create a blog from scratch (without having knowledge of css). That was the time (the very last time) I would ever decide to give up on my blog and quit. Fast forward one year later and here I am with a whole new journey but this time it feels right. Using WordPress feels right. Words by Wildflower feels right. What I’ve chosen to write about feels right. My theme and layout feel so right. I am so grateful that I decided to delete everything and start over. I couldn’t see it then but without doing so Words by Wildflower would have never been created.
Words by Wildflower.
My blog was previously known as Living Simple and Natural. The reason I named it this was because I was on a journey of trying to live simply/minimally and I thought I would document my journey here on my blog. I used to have several posts about minimalism but as I reached closer to my goal of learning to live and be happy with less stuff (which is the essence of minimalism) I felt like I didn’t need to keep sharing and writing about it anymore. After this discovery I slowly but surely deleted every single post I had written that concerned simple living and minimalism. I did this because I wanted my blog to feel more generic so that I could write and share about anything I wanted not just minimalism. It is for that reason that on December 8th I took the impulsive action of changing my domain name from Living Simple and Natural to Words by Wildflower. In literally one night I had an entirely new blog name and against the advice of the Happiness Engineer assisting me, I went ahead and deleted my old domain name and removed its link back to my blog (with the exception of comments, because even if you change your domain name the old one still shows up in older comments).
Delete everything. Start over.
I wasn’t reflecting just because of my journey but also because I wanted to let you know that it’s okay to delete everything and start over. I was a little bit afraid to change my blog name and delete some of my old posts that were performing well and people seemed to love because I thought my readers wouldn’t like the new direction that my blog was going. But when I made the change I felt so much happier because my blog felt more personal to me and I now have the freedom to write about anything I want without feeling like im drifting away from a specific topic. And if you think about it deleting everything and starting over doesn’t have to be specific to your blog or creative journey, it can also be related to your own personal life. I did a lot of deleting this past year, in my relationships, belongings and thoughts, it has been the best decision of my life so far. It’s not an easy thing to do but with careful introspection, I’m sure you will also get to a place of happiness and contentment. I never thought I would reach this point but I guess I needed the clarity that ‘starting over’ brings in order to start my journey with a new perspective. Entering 2019 I’m starting over with a lot of things; my relationships, creative journey, mental habits so on and so forth.
Deleting everything and starting over may sound like a scary thing at first but as you do it gradually you will eventually start to see the benefits of doing it. I am so happy I made the decision to start over with a lot of things and people and I am never turning back. It gave me a clean slate to start my life exactly how I want it and I’m so happy about that. But before I leave I have a few questions for you? Is there anything in your life you would like to ‘delete’ and start over? Do you mind sharing what it is? Are you open to starting 2019 on a clean slate by deleting anything and everything that doesn’t make or contribute to your happiness? Do you mind sharing your answer? Please feel free to share your thoughts, they are always welcome here! Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post!