The 3rd anniversary of Heartache Into Beauty slipped by quietly this year, just like it did last year. Happy (very belated) blogiversary to me! I can't believe I've had this blog for over 3 years!
I know I haven't been posting very much since my last blogiversary, mostly because until recently I've been massively busy at work, leaving me too mentally and physically exhausted at night to work on personal projects. I've also been struggling really hard with my depression and anxiety this year, which has been killing my motivation to do creative things like blogging. I haven't even done anything with my new book of shadows, although at least I finally figured out what to call it: it will be my Book of Lore & Craft. That name resonates so well with me :)
Thankfully, with the shifting weather (and less work craziness) I'm starting to feel my own shifting - I feel a bit rejuvenated, and my creative impulses are starting to fire again.
I think that positive shift merits some external changes to this blog, especially considering that after 3 years there have been definite changes to what I'm interested in posting about. I found a spiffy new design that I love, and I'm going to be rolling it out soon - that is, as soon as I figure out how to install an .XML file into my blog layout and customize its features. Err... Any advice for a blog design newbie?
I'm also pretty sure I want to change my blog's name. "Heartache Into Beauty" had a lot of meaning for me back when I started this blog in 2011, but the content and tone of my posts has changed dramatically since then. Obviously if/when I decide on a new blog name I will post here, there, and everywhere about the new name and any URL changes, etc. that will affect the way you read this blog, so that you can update your feed readers and what have you.