Everything’s Changing

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So as I’ve mentioned in these last few posts, I’m moving to San Pedro Belize, and I thought I should probably give you a little background. The biggest question I get when I say that I’m moving to Belize is, “Why?” To which I relply: “I don’t understand the question.” Just kidding, I politely tell them that since my boyfriend and I can work from anywhere, and we both despise winter, yet share a love tropical islands, it seemed like a good fit.

My boyfriend and I actually decided last year that we would move. Earlier this year we searched for a place to live from February until April with no luck. We decided to come back to our search at the end of summer. This time, it was a lot easier. Within a week we’d found an amazing place that would allow our dog. And that was it. We signed a lease, paid our deposit, and bought our one way tickets.

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A couple years ago, we went together for vacation (though he lived there for a year before we started dating) and I fell in love with the place. We realized that we needed to live there. It’s felt like a dream up until now. Now it feels like a dream come true. There’s a lot of hard work to do before we leave, so please forgive the silence around here until we get settled. October 5th is our moving date, and it will probably be heavy in Instagram photos which you can follow along here!

Right before we finalized our plans to move to Belize, everything was finally coming together with this blog. Slowly over the past year and a half, it’s evolved from a fashion & diy blog to a business and design blog. I’ve definitely found what I love writing about. Writing about business, marketing, and blogging is where I think my voice comes to life in a way that can help others.

I started a few new columns, with plans to update regularly and share everything I can with you. All my passions, my mistakes, my lame jokes. And now, I feel as if everything’s changed.

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But really, what has changed? My jokes are still lame. I’m still going to write about blogging, business, and design. I’ll just be leaving this place (EyesOfStyle and Ohio) to work on The Blog Loft (In Belize). It feels really scary- but it also feels really right. After building this blog (not to mention my design business) from Eyes Of Style, I’m now starting a whole new adventure with The Blog Loft. It’s a project that I’ve poured everything to. It’s like I took my brain and completely dumped it into this one thing. (Doesn’t that last phrase just make you wanna sign right up!) Come on down to Margo’s brain dump project! No, seriously though, you can click here to sign up for our launch date reminder.

Sept. 22nd is the launch date, and I’m ready but I’m also suffering from a very real, and very intense fear that it will fail. Hard.  And that would suck. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in business for myself, is to let that fear come, and then kindly ask it to leave. Sometimes writing about it really helps. As creatives, we all go through the process of being struck like lightening by that fear before we put ourselves out there and say, “Hey world, I’ve done something awesome! Care please!”

For now, I’m busy with packing up my house, selling my car, working on The Blog Loft, and getting my dog ready for the move. So I hope you’ll join me on this journey over the next few weeks as I watch my new future unfold. You can follow my progress on Twitter & Instagram , and come Sept. 22nd you’ll be able to become a member of The Blog Loft’s community forums. I can’t wait to see you there!

 

First Sneak Peek of The Blog Loft!

Online community for bloggers

Hey guys! I know I’ve been talking about this thing called The Blog Loft a lot, without really offering any visual information about it! So today I decided to share a sneak preview with you- of the community forums. This is by far my favorite aspect of The Blog Loft. A place where bloggers & business owners can come to collaborate. A place where you won’t have to pander to followers who just want to self promote- because icky self-promotion isn’t allowed! The Blog Loft is about forming real connections and changing the value of a follower.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve dealt with a death in my family, and preparing to move to Belize on October 5th. Emotional roller coaster much? I’m still pushing to launch the site on September 22nd. And it will happen. I’m almost there. But I need your help to push this community towards it’s true potential. Here’s how you can help:

Show The Blog Loft off to your friends, and tell them to join you!

 

This community is going to be an amazing place to connect with other bloggers and form collaborations. Can’t wait for the launch on Sept. 22nd! Tweet This!

 

Frustrated with trying to find people to collaborate with your blog? The Blog Loft is going to change that. Launching Sept. 22nd. Tweet This!

 

So pumped for The Blog Loft to launch on Sept. 22nd! Meet and collaborate with other bloggers! Tweet This!

 

Sign up to our pre-launch mailing list.

Come September 22nd, chances are you’re going to be busy. Cause you know, you have a life! I don’t expect you to sit around twiddling your thumbs waiting for The Blog Loft to launch. Sign up here and I’ll send you a reminder!

Like The Blog Loft on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

 

 Like on Facebook               Follow on Twitter

 

Why do I say us? I’m not sure, it just sounds right. Although it’s only me running things at the moment, I feel like The Blog Loft belongs to all of us, and I can’t wait to grow the team.

 

Write a guest post for The Blog Loft

Introduce yourself, and your blog to a community of knowledge hungry creatives. The Blog Loft will be a community led by all of us.I can’t wait to hear all of your ideas and contributions. We each have something to offer. With our collective knowledge coming together in one place, we will all grow, and get better. That’s the driving force behind The Blog Loft. We’re going to build this community into an unstoppable force for success! If you’re interested in submitting a guest post- please contact me!

I’ve been surrounded by an insanely supportive online community, and I wanted to build a place where we could all sit down and talk, and drive each other towards success. I have so many plans for the future of this site, and from the very beginning I will be listening to all of your suggestions and ideas about what you want out of this community. Before I get too excited about the growth of the site- I guess I’d better get back to work so that it can actually launch! September 22nd- I’ll see you there!

The Blog Loft is an online community for bloggers- launching Sept. 22nd 2014!

 

The Good News, and The Bad News

Do you want the good news first, or the bad news? Good news? Ok.

Friday we found a beautiful place to rent long term in Belize that will actually allow our dog. On a resort. With a swim up bar. Me and Larry were like schoolgirls holding hands, jumping up and down, screaching with joy when we found out that we got the place. We have to be out of our house (that I’m realizing is so filled with stuff we never needed) by October 5th. I am officially going to be an ex-pat!

Also good news: I’m launching a new site called The Blog Loft- it is an online community forum for bloggers, designers, and creative entrepreneurs. Coming to you soon will be an easier way to collaborate with other bloggers and creatives. The Blog Loft will have a whole section dedicated to brining creatives together to collaborate on projects, and guest posts. In addition to those sections, you’ll be able to sit down and have a conversation with people who understand what you do all day- who know where you’re coming from as a creative.

Raise your hand if you ever get tired of explaining what a “blog” is to your family & friends? (Raises hand). Ever get tired of people asking you, “So, what is it you’re doing these days?” (Even though you’ve been doing the same thing for years). Yeah, me too. I didn’t realize there were so many people out there like me until I started reaching out, reading other blogs, and joining in the conversation. That’s when I realized that this community needed to exist. This will be your happy place. Where everyone understands what the hell it is to be a creative.  A place where people you meet actually want to participate in a conversation with you, and who aren’t just stopping by to self-promote.

I want you to help me build this community, because ultimately, that’s the only way it will grow. I will be reaching out to other bloggers and creatives to join and write about The Blog Loft, and I invite you to do the same! I will be announcing a launch date soon, so go to TheBlogLoft.com to sign up to be notified when it’s ready! That’s the good news- you can share it below!

An online community where creatives and bloggers can connect and collaborate on projects? Sign me up! http://www.theblogloft.com Tweet this- and help The Blog Loft Grow!

Okay, time for the bad news. Some recent health issues in my family have prevented me from working on anything this week, and will probably continue to prevent me from working for the next week or so. Basically life was going along as normally and uneventfully as usual. Then it did that thing that life does- threw everything (good and bad) at me at once. So what I’m saying is, that I will be MIA for a couple weeks, and thanks for sticking with me. For now, please sign up over at The Blog Loft to be the first to know once it launches. It’s going to be epic and I don’t want you to miss it!