Years ago, when I first decided to start my own website, I was inspired by my costuming Heroes. I wanted it to be something where I could share my process, what I learned as I went, and tips and tricks I came across in my sewing/costuming journey.
Over the years, my hobbies have expanded. Originally, I tried to keep everything separate. I worried that readers who were interested in costuming would not be interested in my modern sewing or my crochet and knitting projects, and that individuals who might be interested in all of that might not be interested in my book reviews and my experiences in teaching.
I’ve slowly brought some of these things together as I’ve realized that I simply don’t have the time or the capacity to keep up with multiple blogs. It also got a bit more complicated in those instances when hobbies sort of cross pollinated.
Lately, I’ve also stopped being quite so worried about readers knowing more about my personal life. (Seriously though, I think there are maybe five or six of you reading my blog, so is this even really an issue?) There has been a bit of chat in the costuming world lately about transparency and authenticity (my words, theirs were more like being a bit more open about one’s personal struggles in this hobby, but these are the words that are really resonating with me.)
In the midst of all this, I’m sort of going through my own sort of…identity crisis?…mid-life crisis?…spiritual crisis?…maybe all of the above. It has me feeling like I should put my personal process out there for more than just myself. Sure, maybe I’m still just talking to myself here, but sometimes it’s enough to just write it and send it out into the world.
I guess what I’m really trying to say here is that this blog is not just going to be about costuming anymore. Costuming and sewing will still be a part of it, because that is still a big part of my personal identity, but there will also be a lot more posts about other parts of my life as well…being a wife, a mother, and a teacher… being a Christian who finds myself incredibly heartbroken over the modern American church…being a woman who is trying to figure out who she is again after so much change.