After much dreaming and developing, the new OPG is here. While I designed all of my past sites, this is the first that is a truly custom site created from scratch (as opposed to customizing a pre-existing template.) All of the details are hand drawn, and every pixel was carefully considered. My partner in this project was Lindsay of Made To Thrive – I can’t say enough good things about working with her and am extremely grateful for her knowledge, expertise, and support in making this project come to life. Thank you Lindsay!
Creating a custom site was an investment that took literally years for me to take the leap to make, but to have it in this iteration feels like a creative weight lifted. Investing in ourselves, be it an item, experience or otherwise goes so much deeper than the thing we’re investing in: it’s a mindset, and where the magic happens.
Of course, with creative growing pains comes the fact that now that the site is live, so much of my vision has changed since I first dreamt it up three years ago. Note to self to not take so long to realize a vision next time! Oy! Can anyone else relate to this? Sometimes it can take so long to complete a project that you get to the finish line and realize you’re in a different place from where you were when you started. But its all part of the process: to begin somewhere, without knowing what the end will look like or where the path will lead, and to invest in yourself anyway knowing that your preferences, goals, and insight will ultimately change along the way. Starting somewhere is the risk we all must take. If we don’t take step one, how can we ever take step two? There’s a lot I have to say on this topic and much more I want to share on the creative journey in general: tips, insights, and even a full e-course on working through an idea and growing your concept of personal brand. Stay tuned!
Today, there are a few different sections I’m excited to highlight about this new site:
Under Journal, there’s still the classic single post view, but now all the archives are now also easily searchable by section. No more endless scrolling or buried posts!
And the Essentials pages are filled with favorite brands and products that I get asked or emailed about on a regular basis. Rather than sending the same links over and over, I wanted to home these recommendations in a simple way, while serving as a reference to go back to– because does anyone else’s minds go blank on good places to buy things just when they’re in the market to find something specific?!
I feel it’s important to note that my goal here is not to feature a bunch of “stuff” – because I actually believe we need very little. In my own life, I’m not that big of a consumer, but I do appreciate investing (there’s that word again) in quality goods that will last and last. It’s ok with me if they cost a little more if it means I’m going to feel good every time I use it. As Virginia Woolf wrote, “Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” While material things on one hand can only fulfill us so deeply, they also have the power to transform our every day. That’s why, when I find a brand or item I like, I’m very loyal and tend to not switch things up. I’m for sure a “uniform” person will wear and use the same things day in and day out. These types of items are the ones I’ve curated here– I hope you’ll find some favorites you love too!
And I must mention my favorite essentials page, Field Experts. Looking for an animal communicator, an spiritual astrologer, or a holistic health expert with both east-west knowledge to support your wellness journey? Here, on this growing list of trusted contributors, is where you’ll find them. The best thing about these experts is that they can be accessed from anywhere is the world, no matter where you live.
Lastly, About is where you can find more about me and my intention for this community, and under Work Together, see the direction I’m taking my business and the types of ways we can engage. It’s my goal for my offerings and this site to truly be of service, so please do reach out with questions or any thoughts!
With that, please do explore the site and enjoy.