Whoa, baby! This site has been live now for 22 days, and from where I sit, these last 22 days have been a fricking tornado of goodness and newness and weirdness and huh-ness and hell-yes-ness and did-I-accidentally-start-a-business-ness.
Seriously, it's been bananas.
So today, I thought I'd slow things down a bit to share what's been going on in my actual life, not just my shiny-new-website-life. So settle in, grab a pickle (or whatever your preferred snack happens to be), and let's reflect.
First the obvious: I launched a new site
Anyway, now that I'm a bit removed from the initial launch of christyoshoney.com, I feel like I can finally be straight with you about why I decided to switch things up so abruptly. Here's the deal: Avoiding Atrophy, my old blog, was a mess. Don't feel compelled to respond with a resounding "Amen to that, girl!" because I will definitely cry. But still, yeah, from a design perspective, it just wasn't cute. While I totally stand by everything I wrote there (I did actually delete one post sssshhhh), I realize that it was basically a hodgepodge, fifth-grade science fair project. It wasn't "designed" or "branded" or any of the important words that a website should be.
The thing is when I started that blog, I had NO idea blogging was going to be such a big part of my life and career. If I had known, I definitely would not have created a site on Blogger (Google's absolutely abhorrent blogging platform that literally never received an update the entire time I used it). Apologies to anyone who is still using Blogger, by the way. I'm sure your site is beautiful and full of joy and you probably love not having to pay for it (that's a definite plus). But in my experience, it was incredibly limiting. This last year, I noticed myself getting increasingly annoyed with the prospect of having to put my writing on such a crappy canvas.
Thus, I made christyoshoney.com on Squarespace. I now pay $8 a month and I legitimately enjoy coming here to make things. Everything is teal and salmon and yellow and so very me. There are buttons you can click and they actually work. I can drag and drop pictures without breaking the Internet. It's an absolute miracle.
I recently signed up for this awesome service called Croissant, and before I go any further, let me just say -- no, it is not an on-demand croissant provider. Someone needs to get started on that app though. It would make millions.
Anyway, Croissant is like the Classpass of coworking spaces. For forty hours a month, I'm able to reserve a spot at over twenty coworking spaces in NYC. It's perfect because I get every good thing that comes out of working in an office (a printer, a conference room, solid wifi, free coffee) while not having to worry about the horrible parts of working in an office (forced small talk in the break room about how my weekend was). I do work around a lot of startup-y type people which has been simply hilarious. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard the word "content" thrown around at one of these places, I'd be swimming in a nickel ocean.
I'm not walking as much as I should
Like you, I have a health app on my phone with a little heart icon that does a pretty fair job of indicating how much I've walked in a day. Ever since I noticed it in my iOs update, I've made it a regular habit to give it a looksie every night before bed. Up until recently, I was hitting my 10,000 steps mark just fine (did you know you are supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day? You are). I mean, I live in New York. Doing life casually here gets you, like, at least 6,000 steps all on its own.
But ever since I started this new phase of my blog and business, my health tracking app is just a record of shame. I wake up in the morning, plop down in my office chair, and save for trips to the restroom, I'm not moving much beyond that. I'm lucky if I hit 5,000 most days. Plus, I traded my Classpass membership for my Croissant membership, so I am quickly turning into somewhat of a potato. The New Year might yield some fitness goals.
It's hella Christmassy up in here
But who cares about fitness, IT'S CHRISTMASSSSS! Last week was like a Christmas marathon. I prepped for TWO holiday parties AND went to see Star Wars way past my bedtime. Being an adult is amazing.
The above picture is from Fancy Christmas, which is somewhat of an annual tradition around these parts. My lovely friend Jess organizes it. We dress up, eat at a fancy restaurant, crack Christmas crackers, and Jess gives us all presents. It's insane. She deserves a medal of honor.
As far as our actual holiday plans, my hubs and I are staying in Brooklyn for Christmas this year. It's the first Christmas of my entire life away from Texas, and it's kind of unreal. On one hand, it's a major bummer to be away from the family. On the other hand, um NEW YORK CHRISTMAS. This city is a site to behold this time of year, and I have every intention of getting some really solid Dim Sum on Christmas Day. Let's do this.
I saw Star Wars, and I want to hug BB8
I casually mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: I SAW STAR WARS AND IT WAS SO WONDERFUL AND I HOPE YOU SEE IT BECAUSE IT WILL REALLY RESTORE YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY AND BB8 IS JUST AN AMAZING DROID (EVEN BETTER THAN THE TRAILERS DEPICTED) AND IT'S SO SURREAL TO SEE HARRISON FORD AS HAN SOLO AGAIN AND I PROMISE I WON'T SPOIL ANYTHING FOR YOU BUT JUST KNOW THAT I AM STILL RIDING HIGH FROM THAT EXPERIENCE AND I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN DO YOU WANT TO COME WITH ME?!
Frasier is still insane
If you're uninitiated, I've got this cat. His name is Frasier. He is the size of a Buick and he would kill me if he could.
I had a really Disgusting cup of coffee
And the moment was candidly captured in the following picture (which, by the way, is my new favorite picture of me ever):
I launched Do The Damn Thing (and I made a video to explain what the hell it is)
As I mentioned in my last post, I've opened enrollment for my New Year's course Do The Damn Thing! It's all about getting unstuck and moving on a BIG creative project. I'm so excited about the folks who have already signed up, and I am jazzed beyond belief by the prospect of helping talented people start and finish something that matters.
A couple of time-sensitive things I wanted to let you know about Do The Damn Thing:
1. This week, as a nod to all of the last-minute Christmas shopping I've been doing, I am offering Do The Damn Thing for 20% off from now until December 26th with code "TACOSANTA" (because why the hell not?). So if you forgot to get a gift for a wonderful friend or loved one, possibly someone really creative and incredible -- why not gift them this course (just enroll here and send me their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org)? Or, you know what? Buy it for yourself. I buy myself presents all the time.
2. I'm offering a Do The Damn Thing scholarship! I want to help you start your New Year out right, which is why I'm selecting one lovely person to receive this course for FREE. That's eight weeks of modules, videos, worksheets, live webinar check-ins, and lifetime access to the DTDT Facebook community -- 100% FREE. If you would like to apply, simply fill out this form. I'll be making the big announcement on January 1st (that's New Year's Day, baby!)
Also, if you've been looking for more information about this course, I created a video in which my face and mouth explain to you what Do The Damn Thing is all about.
Obviously, imma lay low for the next few days. You know how it is, Christmas and all. But in the meantime, I hope everyone reading this is just having a super warm, wonderful, and happy holiday season. I'm so thankful for you. You're basically like little angels in my weird, little life.