Growth.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Below, a couple snaps from last week, taken at the beautiful roof garden at my family's vacation rental in Williamsburg. (That's my nephew Dash at top, taking in the sights.) As I mentioned in this post, I'd never seen him walk until this most recent visit. I loved watching him teeter and totter and run in his neon shoes, arms in the air. It made me think: next time I see him it'll be Christmas — he may be talking by then, or running sprints. He may have grown a foot taller. Nothing, at this point, would surprise me.


Speaking of steps, I'll be taking one of my own in the next couple of weeks. I started Sho & Tell three years ago (July 5th to be exact) and I've loved watching it grow. Sharing my writing here and becoming a part of such a close-knit and supportive online community has been, without a doubt, one of the most gratifying experiences of my career — and my life — thus far.

But I've changed a lot in three years, and I think my blog should reflect those changes. I've spent a lot of time over the past few months dreaming of what I'd like to do with this site, and I'm finally ready to put those new ideas into place. I'll be posting a new POV on Monday as usual, but will be taking a bit of time off afterward to rethink and redesign.  I'm looking forward to returning soon, and sharing my thoughts with you. If you have any to share with me, I'd love to hear them! (To start, I'm thinking more original content: about books, about growing up, about nontraditional choices and people who live by them.) 

In the spirit of my very first post, here's to new adventures always. I'll see you next week; until then, wishing you a weekend full of wonders. 

23 comments:

Panda Head said...

I'm such a fan of this space you've created and really, really, really stoked to see it grow and evolve! congrats x 10 on what's ahead. WE'LL BE HERE WHEN YOU GET BACK!

Katie said...

Sounds awesome, can't wait!

julie said...

What an achievement to come this far. Can't wait to see what's up ahead.

Heather said...

That sounds wonderful and very exciting, Shoko! My favorite posts of yours are the more personal ones, so I'm looking forward to seeing how your blog evolves!

rusty {rambles} said...

How exciting! I love your original content ideas. Happy planning.)

stateandoccupation.com said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love the ideas you mentioned, more original content is always a good thing! Thank you for 3 years of great blogging- happy thinking, see ya in August!

xo
Dakota

--- said...

Love that you're doing this Shoko. I feel like I'm 'outgrowing' this whole blogging thing at times but maybe it is just a wake up call to shift gears a bit. Cannot wait to see what fun ventures you have in store! :)

Cheering you on from afar! x

girlseeksplace said...

As a fellow freelancer, I'd really like more of your insight into that. I do so much work, but I'm contractually obligated not to share at this point. I'd love insight into finding more opportunities where I can share my work, how to make it as a freelancer (beyond finances). What's your daily schedule like? Do you work seven days a week? How do you balance work vs. life?

Loulou said...

Looking forward to seeing what is to come. I'm always interested in hearing what you have to say.

And that rooftop garden is stunning!

sw said...

Aww shoko I am SO happy about this! I absolutely love reading your personal writing :)
Excited that you've decided to move forward here. Have a good weekend!

burntfeather said...

Fresh space sounds lovely :) I have no doubt your creativity will lead you in a new wonderful direction!

tara said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

PS: Dash is soooo cute!!

auste said...

Shoko, I admire how you always seek new ideas and growth, while staying true to your voice and sharing your personal reflections in this space. I'm so looking forward to seeing what these next steps bring - no doubt it will be inspiring and so beautiful. Thank you for continuing to share your world with us!

Pink Ronnie said...

I love all those ideas, and look forward to sharing this journey with you Shoko. Your writing is truly beautiful, and I'm sure whatever you choose to do here will be loved by us all.
Ronnie xo

Shoko said...

Thank you all so much. It means the world to me to be a part of such a supportive community here. And thank you also for your ideas - I'm excited to brainstorm! :)

Shoko said...

Also: new POV on Tuesday - the day's getting away from me! Apologies for the delay!

Suzanna said...

I can't wait to hear what your plans are. This space is one of my top five on the internet. Looking forward to what's next!!

Meghan Silva said...

Hope you enjoying your week off, I cannot wait to see the blog changes.

Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog

cynthia cidade said...

let's wait!!

Melissa said...

Very excited to see your new changes! Good luck with the revamp.

Micaela said...

Hi Shoko! Just wanted to comment and say that I'm really excited to see what you have up your sleeve for Sho & Tell 2.0. I have loved reading your writing over the years and look forward to what's to come!

xo Micaela

Tiffany said...

i hope you find the turn you are looking for. i feel that my blog changes with me too. wherever you take it i am sure i will still be a fan.

Shoko said...

Thank you all again for your wonderful well wishes!

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