Today’s post is special because I’m sharing the meaning behind my blog name!
This post is going to be a little more personal than usual because I want to share with you the whole meaning behind my blog name ‘The Antiqued Journey’ along with my blogging journey so far. There are many little nuances and personal ideals behind it. I hope you pull some inspiration from my story today!
If someone would have told me 5 years ago that I would be self-employed and running my own blog I would have said that they were completely nuts! You see, up until recently, I was a full time teacher, which was my career for 8 years. I left teaching for many reasons yet had no plan as to what to do next. I felt completely lost as to what my calling was. Liking it or not, I needed this time of confusion. You see, the creation of my blog came at the exact time it was supposed to. It was a time when I needed a creative outlet during an immense time of healing as I sought help for extreme anxiety that riddled my whole life for years prior.
I didn’t start writing a blog to earn money. Actually, at the time, I didn’t even know that you could make money off of blogging. Antiquing has been a hobby of mine for many years and I wanted to educate others on buying antique decor for their homes. I felt like writing in a blog type format would be a helpful way to reach others. I’ve always loved writing. Early on, my blog was just a way of writing about things that made me happy and as a way to encourage others.
The Blog Name
The name of my blog came to me one evening, almost two years ago, as I was sitting on the couch. Knowing that I had ideas for a blog and content revolving around antique and vintage decor, it needed to make sense with that niche. Yet, it also needed to be a name that resonated with me and my story, that I could love forever and wouldn’t grow tired of after a few months. I don’t really know how my brain came up with it but all of a sudden I yelled to my husband, “what about ‘The Antiqued Journey’?”
For me, and my husband too, this blog name encompasses more than just antique and vintage things. It’s about this journey of life that we are all on. Sometimes life is hard and you don’t know which end is up and other times you feel like you are on top of the world. Yet, you are still able take it all in stride because of the strength and hope that is always present.
The creation of this blog has literally given me new life. It keeps me creative, grounded and always wanting to do better. Being challenged and learning new things is one of the best parts of living. I’m not adverse to change. In fact, I think change is super healthy. A career change in your early thirties is not common but I did it and I would never go back! Here I am, brand new to blogging, owning a website, creating content and learning all of the blogging industry standards. All of it continues to be a huge learning curve but it’s such a blessing.
The Journey Continues
The Antiqued Journey means loving and accepting all pieces of your journey. It means finding at least one thing or hobby that makes you feel happy and alive. For me that is antiques, thrifting, crafting, and fly fishing. It means being okay with the imperfections of life. Like I’ve always said, that’s what makes life beautiful.
Antique and vintage pieces hold imperfections but that is exactly why I love them so much. The stories that old pieces hold is what builds them up and gives them character and soul. My sincere hope through my blog is to uplift and inspire in whatever way that is for you. I wake up grateful everyday that I get to write and create beautiful content. Thank you for being here and for supporting my dream. I am so grateful!
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