I "Started Over" On Instagram

Hi there! It's been such a long time since I've typed a blog post. For the last six months, I have spent a lot of time sorting through my ideas and trying to decide on what it was exactly that I wanted paint, what I wanted to blog about, what I wanted my brand to look like as a whole... It's been a battle between trying to figure out everything perfectly and just feeling like I wasn't good at anything in the first place and should just forget about everything. 

Of course, I only contemplated the latter in those late night moments of despair. I really do enjoy painting and running a website and microblogging on sites like Twitter and Instagram, so I knew that I really just had to keep working consistently and eventually I would settle on something I could work with and improve on. 

All of my brainstorming and planning finally began to overflow in to my real work space when, about two months ago, I decided to switch my website hosting over to Squarespace. I needed the simplicity of the "what you see is what you get" feature, especially with a young baby at home. I was becoming too distracted with trying to learn coding to get my website laid out "perfectly". Over on Squarespace, the themes are beautiful and have a very minimalist style, which was a perfect starting point for me, and most of the features are so simple to customise!

Next was Twitter. I had my first account for a very long time; I was still in school at the time. I just felt as if there was way too much history there that wasn't relevant to my brand. Of course, I wasn't about to delete all 70,000+ tweets! So, I created a brand new account. 

Final stop, Instagram. My account there isn't as old and while I did love most of the photos, my account's purpose had gradually been changing as time went on and my old photos no longer reflected my current vision as my page transitioned from person to a bit more business-related. I know most people tend to keep their photos and just continue and improve, but I was really only holding on to those past photos for sentimental reasons and that's nothing a good screenshot-and-save can't fix. So, I made my decision and patiently waited until the night before I launched this brand new website layout! ...which is probably why you're here reading this right now. 

I know it might seem a little strange, but it was a necessary step for me. Clutter has always been a source of frustration and my Instagram page in my mind... was terribly cluttered. I'm happy to "start over" now as I've got the clearest picture for the future of my art. 

I hope you'll stick around for the journey. I can't wait to show you what I've been working on. In time.