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Well that was fun. By “that” I mean this weekend, and by “fun” I mean just kidding. Want to know what I did this weekend? Look around! Looks kind of different right? 

If you’re new here, I’ve made some massive changes to the blog. First, the whole blog has been redesigned and second, I transferred it to Wordpress. Word to the wise, if you ever decide to start a blog make it in Wordpress off the bat! The next few months will be spent going through each post and fixing the alignment, pictures, recipes etc… and attempting to figure out what the hell a plugin/widget/theme is. Unless you’re as neurotic as I am you probably won’t notice these issues, but forgive me if you’re not able to access anything or a post is illegible.

So why the change? I’m not certain I can cover all the reasons in one post but I’ll start with the biggest. I’ve changed. In hindsight, starting the blog was in some way the first step in my self-growth and discovery.

Cha's Mcgill Graduation 149I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but I have always tried to do a lot of things “right”. I got into a good college, did well in school, got a great job, lived in the greatest city in the world and repeated the process over in Toronto. Despite all of these things I can’t say I’ve ever felt truly content with my life. Objectively I knew I had all of the means to be happy, but I just couldn’t accept it as enough. Just because I was doing everything “right” doesn’t mean that it was right for me. Writing about my life has forced me to think a lot more about myself and the path I’ve chosen. And truth-be-told, both of these needed and continue to need a lot of work. 

I’ve always been one to shy away from change. I like my routine, the predictability of it, the comfort of it, but it got to a point where my reliance on my routine was preventing me from growth. I was scared to break away from it and accept that it’s okay to make mistakes, be inconsistent and not do the “right” thing all the time. Starting the blog was a huge step for me in getting over this fear. I put my life up for display and therefore public scrutiny on an almost daily basis. The important thing here is not the response I get, but the fact that I’ve chosen to accept your responses, whatever they may be. 

It is never too late to become what you might have beenKnowing that I can handle both criticism and praise has given me the confidence to make massive leaps in my life that I otherwise would not have had the courage to do. I know I’m being elusive with the details of these changes, but I will share them when the time is right. What I am trying to say is that in more ways than one the blog has been the catalyst to immense growth in who I am as a person and how I want to live my life. Moving forward I want my blog to reflect these changes and I’m sure as I continue to evolve the blog will too. 

To cap things off I need to give Julie from Deluxe Designs a HUGE thank you for transferring my blog and designing it from scratch. But mostly for responding to my incessant emails and not hating me for making you change something 3 times (or at least not telling me that you hate me!). And also to Lee who kept me calm through the transfer process and for doing god-knows-what to my dashboard. You now have the ability to hijack my blog and post all the horrible selfies I send you daily. But please don’t. 

Instead of shying away from it, I’m embracing the change. Let’s consider this Davida/The Healthy Maven 2.o 😉


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Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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  1. YES! It looks gorgeous, I love it! I am so glad you moved to Wordpress. I kind of hate the Blogger platform- commenting is such a pain! But I did it anyway because I love you. 🙂

    I know that you will only continue to grow with the blog and I am excited to be here for it! <3

  2. first off, loving the new change! change is a good thing. and I totally love routine { whatever it may be} but I need it!! – Im thinking of switching my blog to be self hosted, but afraid I may rip my hair out!

  3. I’m lovin’ the new design…. it looks great!! You’ll catch on to Wordpress in no time. Way to go for making the change!

  4. Love the changes Davida! It looks great! I’ve been thinking about transferring to wordpress too but I’ve been to scared to go through all the tech stuff that comes with it. Maybe someday I will though.

  5. What a lovely post! And I love the new look PS.

    Such a mature way to respond to criticism – just knowing you are able to accept it.

    I can completely relate to your situation. I am reluctant to change and was very set in my routine in Toronto – moving to Vancouver was a HUGE change but it really was needed. I agree – blog writing has really helped me reflect on my life, what I want for my life, and what makes me happy. I am so much ‘clearer’ on my next steps that ever before – although still pretty unclear! 😉 But trying to embrace that!

    Look forward to hearing about the exciting changes in your life! 🙂

  6. Wow, love the new design Davida! Congrats on making a change on your blog and in life. It’s much easier to stick to the same ole routine and takes a lot of bravery to try something new.

    ps Did I mention that Ilove the new design?

  7. Mwahahahaaa. I don’t even remember the password you told me 🙂 The only thing Id do if I hijacked your blog post the weirdest selfie I could possibly take of myself 🙂 It looks great! And it will be even awesesomer once you figure out Wordpress!

  8. Boy can I relate! I love my routine, my strategically planned path, and my hand-written color coded planner. Sometimes stepping out of the comfort of that is sooo hard to imagine but rewarding when done. Thank you for sharing D!!! The site is gorrrrrg and so are you! Love you!