Thursday, July 16, 2015

Welcome to Mountain Shadow Morning

After a long hiatus, I'm back! Welcome to Mountain Shadow Morning.

I'm sure by now after an odd redirect, you were brought back to nearly the same exact page with the same look and a different name. Twentyapolis is now Mountain Shadow Morning.

Why the change to Mountain Shadow Morning? I think blogs, just like people, grow, evolve and develop over time. Twentyapolis started as a Tumblr page in 2010, and eventually became a blog in 2012. Over the past five years, I've grown immensely, and so has Twentyapolis! My writing style, content, interests and passions have developed, and during that time, Twentyapolis has gone through many different design updates. 

Twentyapolis captured an incredible stage of my 20s where I was learning who I was (as both a person and a blogger), what my passions were, and what I wanted to do with my life after graduation. As I'm growing older and eventually leaving my twenties (whaaat?!) I wanted to update my blog to take me in that direction. And that's where Mountain Shadow Morning comes into place.

The name "Mountain Shadow Morning" has a lot of personal meaning to me. I spent much of my childhood at our cabin in the woods on Mountain Shadows Lane. My fondest memories growing up were spent there with friends and family, in the great outdoors underneath the Wisconsin sunshine. We cooked over the fire, stared at the stars, handcrafted and made all sorts of things and spent quality time together. It was (and still is) a truly magical place. 

I'm hoping to bring this wonder, outdoor vibe and DIY spirit into Mountain Shadow Morning. Much of the content will stay the same; I still plan on sharing lots of DIY projects, recipes, travel tips, yoga and fitness inspiration, natural beauty product reviews and general musings and thoughts on everyday life. Plus, an Etsy page is on its way, full of handmade goods from Mountain Shadows, Wisconsin.

For each and every one of you who has visited Twentyapolis, I thank you. I am so grateful and deeply humbled for your support and kindness over the years. You make every moment of this so special, and so worth it.

Now, without further ado, welcome to Mountain Shadow Morning. Yay for new beginnings. 

Now onto my hiatus (and more new beginnings!) I've had some big life changes happen since my last post in April. After taking a long, hard look at my life, career and the journey I want to take with my life, I knew I needed to make a change. 

In June, I made the decision to leave my job in public relations and pursue a career in yoga. Starting next week, I'm leaving my desk job for a new career on my mat with CorePower Yoga. I couldn't be more excited.

I'm not going to lie, leaving my job in PR is scary. With a stable salary, benefits, a path for growth and wonderful coworkers, it was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make. Don't be fooled - my new career path will not make me a millionaire, and I'll need to budget and manage my time like never before! But I know that, for me, this is the path I need to take.

I'm not sure how many times in your life (if any), you're given the opportunity to make a change, listen to your heart and make a leap into the unknown to pursue your dreams. When this opportunity came along, I knew I couldn't pass it up. Sometimes, the universe answers your questions, and I knew in my heart that I had to listen.

So there it is - new blog, new journey. I believe in the good things coming...

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