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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. Girl I am ALWAYS thinking my life needs some changing…and I don’t think that’s a bad thing AT ALL!! Change is progression and growth, and while sometimes that can be a scary thing, I don’t think it should ever be looked at as something negative.
    And Ive been on the lookout for a new blog change as well! Sometimes its just refreshing to start a new 🙂

  2. im in love with the new look and kudos for the wordpress change. i have been wanting to do that as well but im so not tech savy 🙁

  3. The new design is all kinds of fabulous! Congrats to switching to Wordpress–I think you’ll love it! I’m so excited to follow you on your journey toward making whatever changes you’re making. You’re an amazing person so I can’t wait to see what you do!

  4. I absolutely love the redesign. It is gorgeous! Just like you, inside and out. I cannot wait to hear what you have up your sleeve, and I wish you the most happiness. This honest post is the reason I keep coming back for me (okay, that and your pumpkin recipes hehe). Have a wonderful day!

  5. I never considered a blog change also being kind of a symbol of a personal change as well but that makes a lot of sense.

    I like Davida 2.0 🙂

    And don’t you just LOVE wordpress? My first blog was on blogger and while there are some parts that I definitely miss, wordpress is just so much cleaner and more professional in my opinion.

    Oh, and disregard the response to you on my blog. Question answered!

  6. You are wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, and SO capable of conquering anything you choose to do! Love that you have the courage to embrace the change, and I can’t wait to follow along with the journey. I completely relate to everything you said – I, too, have had a “successful” life but only somewhat recently realized it wasn’t everything I really want. I really do wish everyone could start a blog to take advantage of the self-awareness and self-discovery that comes with it!! Speaking of the blog, it looks fantastic – so clean and professional! I am very grateful that I researched a bit and started off in WordPress so I won’t have to make the transition, but I have a very long way to go before I’m happy with it!

  7. Ahhhh I want to hug you right now. I can SO relate to this. But first of all, LOVE the new design and yay Wordpress! I’m so excited to hear big things are happening for you (or at least in the works) and am very anxious to hear what’s going on. I feel like we are semi on the same page….? We love routine, change is scary but change is so, so necessary sometimes. I’m glad you are taking a leap of faith and I hope IIIII can take a leap of faith soon as well. It’s all about timing, though.