Embracing The Change

November 25, 2013

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 πŸ˜‰


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    November 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Looks good!! Love this post. I can only to keep up with my blogging and have it be such a powerful/positive influence on my life as well. πŸ™‚
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    November 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Love the new site, and your blog of course! I love WordPress too, have since the start πŸ˜€

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    [email protected]
    November 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    LOVE the new look! Congrats and definitely embrace the change πŸ™‚

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I know our ‘blendship’ is often full of sarcasm and digs at one another but honestly Davida- this change on the blog is just the icing on the personal changes you have going on and will continue to go through- I can’t wait to follow your change- and whether it comes with rough patches or roadblocks, you’ve already proven you can overcome them with gusto. πŸ™‚

    Now for some digs- In honour of your country’s most famous show ‘Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through.’ …Can’t believe Im part admitting to watching Degrassi back in the day.

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    November 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I worked with Julie last November – love her! And as for your life journey, I feel exactly the same way… I did everything “right” but not sure it was right for me. Oh life, why do you have to be so complicated??! πŸ˜‰

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    [email protected]
    November 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I love the new look!!! How exciting! πŸ™‚ I can totally understand the feeling like I need to change. I only recently finally got a place in my life where I feel like I have everything I need to be happy and while there are still things I want to accomplish, I don’t feel like I need to change anything. Except for the fact that I want to live in a warmer climate! I think it’s great that you are so self-reflective and have used this blog as a way to embrace change and push yourself towards happiness. I love coming here and learning more about you everyday!

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    November 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I love the new site and your honesty, Davida! It’s all absolutely beautiful.

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    Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    November 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    LOVE the new design….it looks beautiful! And, oh my gosh I know all about the headache of switching a blog over and figuring out WordPress. Holy nightmare. I hope everything goes smoothly for you!

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    Kathryn @ Illustrated Nutrition
    November 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Welcome to WordPress! It will take some getting used to, but I promise you will love it. Love the new design as well! Change is good πŸ™‚

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    November 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Love the change – it looks fantastic!

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    Molly @ The Happiness Recipe
    November 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I’m glad to know that it was a recent change and not something I missed in my absence from blogging. Phew! Love the new look and can’t wait to see what other changes you make! Welcome to WordPress I think you’ll like it – I do that is for sure. People change, I know I am a lot different than I was last year at this time, and I think change is usually for the better even though it can be a daunting or scary process. πŸ™‚ You should be proud of your growth, changing personality, flexibility, and of course amazing blog.

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    Lacy @ Running Limitless
    November 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Davida, this looks awesome! I started with another site and transferred to WordPress. It was the best thing I ever did. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I love your blog so much.

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