Apr 23, 2013
Why I Blog
I just realized I have never written a post about the reasons I blog. Although it isn't something that I have to do, I always appreciate reading about why bloggers do what they do.
First off, I never intended for this blog to be a personal style blog. I didn't even know that existed. I started blogging around the time that Eric and I got married, in order to keep our families and friends updated on what we were doing with our lives. I think I updated it about 3 times a year :)
Slowly, I began to discover blogs out there dedicated to specific things. I started out mostly reading home blogs (we were in the process of purchasing our first home), and then I stumbled upon a few personal style blogs. I thought the concept was really cool, and even though I don't own anything from Prada, Donna Karan, or even JCrew, I thought blogging about my outfits might help me get out of my clothing rut (you can read my style resolution here). And it really did! I feel like I dress more intentionally now, which is definitely a good thing.
But here is the thing, posting about clothing (and home decor, and design) can feel kind of superficial. Not only that, the Bible teaches us to not focus on earthly things:
"Do not store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasures is."
I want to lead a life that represents Christ and to me that means not being wrapped up things or an image. But, I do not think that means I need to sell all my possessions and live in the woods and sing gospel songs all day long. I do, however, need to be aware of my focus in life. If that's clothes, well, there's a problem for me.
But here's the thing, I have to get dressed every day. I think it is ok to feel good about what I am wearing, since I have to wear something anyway. That's where this blog comes in. It encourages me to put a little effort into what I'm wearing. I'm using this blog to focus on ways to wear items that I already have, as well as thoughtfully and prudently adding items to my wardrobe. Basically, my goal is to have as few clothes as possible while still feeling cute and confident in what I'm wearing.
Now, let's switch back to home decor really quick. My goal here is similar. I DO NOT want to be caught up in the idea that my home has to be perfect, or that I have to spend a lot of money to make my home attractive. I want my home to be a place that makes me happy and reflects the people that live there. I also don't want to spend a lot of money on my home - I don't want to be annoyed when someone spills wine on the couch or the dog chews the legs of the coffee table (yes, both have happened).
If you didn't read this entire post, please just know what this blog is about. The Cream to My Coffee is about the little things that make life fun - wearing stripes and polka dots together, hanging up a new picture frame, putting pumpkin creamer in your coffee. Sure, these aren't the things that make life worth living, but they are things I want to acknowledge and appreciate.
Why did you start blogging?