Changes to my little space on the internet have been a long time coming.
I started WithInMyLens over two and a half years ago and from the beginning I tried to have my blog and brand self-titled, but with a name like mine and the internet this many years into existence, it just wasn’t tangible. At that point in my life, I hadn’t thought at all what it would be like to change my brand when I got married because all of that still seemed so far away. But last year, a friend gifted me with a URL that was my first name with Kevin’s last. We weren’t engaged at the time, but it must have been obvious. So I held onto the URL with hopes of being able to use it someday soon.
JacquelineReape.com stayed vacant until earlier this year when Kevin proposed. Then, he helped me turn it into a countdown until the wedding. I thought it was absolutely wonderful but with growing blog goals and the wedding date drawing near, I decided that using it sooner might be the most efficient way to start my tiny business online. I went back and forth between creating a whole new website without my name and using this one but it just didn’t seem practical for me to buy and (have Kevin) create a whole new website just for formality’s sake. Using this URL and a private server will allow me more flexibility and less restrictions, as well as being easier to locate on the internet. All good things when trying to start an online business!
Over the past two and a half years, I have thoroughly enjoyed everything about this space. I have shared everything from the ins and outs of college living to photography to exciting events that were happening in my life. From the first post, I promised myself that I would be real and honest so that this would be a place for me to look back and remember the things that have made me completely happy. I plan on continuing to blog about similar things, but I’m also determined to be step it up and bring my passion to the next level. I am currently working on e-courses, more tutorials and even some products that will be available down the road. My new blog will make it easier to create and share all of that with you, and I am very excited about that. More information on when it will all be available will be coming soon!
If you currently keep up with my posts or would like to start, I would love for you to check out JacquelineReape.com and sign up for my emails by clicking here (when my e-course and products launch, those that receive my emails will get bonuses and special offers!).
Thank you so much for all of the love and support.
I am thankful for the cardinals, post-season games, and come back wins.
I am thankful for cold nights and lots of covers.
I am thankful for good food and even better company.
I am thankful for pictures of flowers during his walks.
I am thankful for fall smelling candles.
I am thankful for family (both mine and his).
I am thankful for cameras and documenting life.I am thankful for dates to the antique store with my roomie.
I am thankful for fuzzy new sweaters.
I am thankful for wedding planning and registry creating.
I am thankful for worship singing.
And, as always, I’m thankful that you’re here reading these words.
I hope you have a wonderful week.
Sundays have quickly turned into my favorite day of the week. Since I started working full time I have come to understand the hype about weekends. In college, weekends meant a lot of catching up on homework and studying for the next week’s tests. Don’t get me wrong, they were good, but now they are just t h a t much better.
I am thankful for that – relaxing weekends.
I am thankful for this sneak peek of our engagement pictures (and deciding to go with cspeck Photography for our wedding)!
I am thankful for random week days at home and this sweet old puppy.
I am thankful for a mid-week lunch date with my Momma and Denise.
I am thankful for sweet bridesmaids who picked out dresses for the wedding and then chatted over lunch. And for a Momma who drove all the way here to spend the morning with us.
I am thankful for a fiancé who says, “I know which one you will like!” about the many decorated guitars at Roots N Blues!
I am thankful for new music, free popcorn, and the best company.
I am thankful that my beautiful MOH stuck around for Roots N Blues and then joined us for part of the Mizzou game (after the dress appointment).
I am thankful for Kevin and our “cliche” church and errand filled Sunday.
I am thankful for shared lunches.
I am thankful for worship music on vinyl.
And as always, I’m thankful that you’re here, reading this post.
The more that I complete each weeks pages for Get Messy, the more that I realize how apparently important it is for me to have deadlines. I have that set up for myself as far as the Weekly Wrap Up posts goes, but other than that, nothing is getting done on my blog or otherwise. I have so many great ideas for blog posts, project life spreads and just to-do list items in general but I feel particularly bogged down by all of the things that I “have to” do and at the end of the day, I don’t end up doing any of them.
So, after listening to Elise’s August 20th podcast, I came to the conclusion that the only way I would sit down and write would be if I scheduled time during my week to do it, and thus, Life Over Lattes…with myself. Just for an hour and a half to get my brain figured out. I mean, what screams productivity like caffeine, coffee shop chatter, and sitting in the only spot left which happens to be right next to the beverage bar where every single person goes to add milk, sugar and whatever else to their frappachino.
After I sat down, I started with the new planner that I got. It is Lilly Pulitzer and I love it because it has a month-by-month calendar both in the front and before the weekly pages. I dedicated the first section as my editorial calander. It is the perfect size to just write the title and to keep myself accountable for the number of times I blog each week. (Some people like it to be bigger, but I’m not keeping track of numbers or anything else.) I’ve been posting at about an average of 3x per week in August, but I’d really like to change that to four or maybe even five.
As far as my to-do list, I knocked out a big one the other night with repotting all of my plants. I had been dreading it since it first showed up in my to-do list about 6 months ago, but when Kevin gave me my birthday gift, it gave me the perfect excuse to buy a huge bag of potting soil and actually use half of it. More on the new look soon.
As far as work, it’s going really well. I so enjoy talking to customers and interacting with the general public although many people seem to be completely clueless about the vitamins/supplements that they are actually taking which kind of scares me. With working both jobs, my schedule is kind of pressed for time – hence the need to sit down at a coffee shop to actually get a blog post written out. I will be very happy when I am finished at MizPub so that I can dedicate my mornings to running and photos and blog posts and other fun things.