Introducing the Blonde Lab

When I started this blog almost 5 years ago, I went into it blind. I simply thought I was creating a platform for family and friends to keep up with my new family. I had been given the most perfect gift and I wanted to share every milestone, every outfit, every adventure as a new Mom. Little did I know that this blog would morph into so much more. It would become a personal testament to my growth into motherhood, my place to document one of the hardest points in my life, a place where I’d be blessed by friendships I would have not otherwise known, and my greatest source of inspiration that pulled talents from me that I never knew existed.

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Through the years, this blog has allowed me to test the waters in different areas. Crafting. Shop owner. Fashion. Health. Personal style. I’ve been all over the board. But I needed that. I needed to test out different interests and find the one that really sticks. I needed to find my voice. My “why” in this whole thing.

I have been going back and forth with my direction for this blog for 3 years now and it finally feels right. I’ve out grown my name here and I knew it was time to close a chapter. “Leelala” was a time in my past. It will forever be a part of who I was, and I have a beautiful daughter that will uphold that “Lee” name. That’s her’s to shine through. Moving forward it doesn’t feel right as my brand anymore. I’m Lindsay Roberts. That’s my identity and a name that I am proud to call mine.

Think of this as simply a redirection. Same “me”, just more on purpose about my nitch. My goal is to narrow in on my true passions and what allows me to shine. To stand out and not get lost in the shuffle. The blog world isn’t what it used to be and it’s easy to get lost in the mix. I was starting to feel like I was treading water, not taking this space to the next level.

Thank you all for following me on this crazy journey. I feel like some of you are family to me because you have stood by me through it all. My life as a new mom, my struggles, my happiness, my lessons, my growth. Thank you. You all have a special place in my heart.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Where I am at as a blogger

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photo c/o Bows and Arrow Photography

I realize I haven’t been the best about updating you on life happenings. Like everyone, I’ve been busy keeping up with life and I haven’t taken the time to document much. Truthfully, I am trying to figure out which direction I want to take with this blog. To be a successful blogger, is a full time job. It’s having your camera ready to document every single event of your day. It’s taking time away from your family or pausing a moment so you can share it with the world. You made a killer egg salad sandwich? Let’s blog it.

I am struggling in this area. The blog world has become completely oversaturated. When I started this journey over 4 years ago, I was a big fish in a small pond. Now it’s quite the opposite. I don’t feel the authenticity anymore. Just like in real life, blogging has cliques. And cliques are something I shy away from. In fact, they make me very unmotivated to share my story. When I first started this journey I had my hands in everything. Maybe it’s the single mom in me and the pressure I put on myself. My theme now, is very different then most girls blogging out there. I find it hard to relate. I am not growing my family, writing on my faith, coordinating blog conferences, or homeschooling my children. Yet on the other side of the spectrum I am not traveling the world, buying designer brands and attending fashion week…one day.

My theme is unique to me and sometimes I feel like it’s a narrow one. And because of this, I have shyed away from a lot because of the vulnerability. My heart wants to have a fashion only blog. I am debating if I want to start something from scratch or rebrand this place to fashion with sprinkles of my personal life.

I’ve started to make this space more about me and less about Landyn. She’s entering her school years and I’m not sure I want to publicize her life to thousands of people every day anymore. I’m not sure I want everyone at Landyn’s school to know about my struggle with anxiety and my insecurities as a parent. These are all very valid feelings that have been swirling around in my head…

I’ll get off my soap box for today. LOVE you all. Thank you for always supporting me no matter what direction I take.

xo

and a little peek into our lives lately via my iphone…

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Going easy on myself and being thankful

 I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve let you in on what’s been going on in these parts. I apologize for that.

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The truth is, I’ve found myself taking a step back on social media the past few weeks after feeling a bit overwhelmed with it all. I’ve been trying to not obsess over seeing every post on my instagram, facebook, and pinterest feed. I’m working on not feeling guilty for shutting down my computer early and enjoying the evening with Josh. I’ve been taking those extra ten minutes before bed time to give Landyn my undivided attention and not give work priority. I’m not beating myself up if I don’t answer every single email within a 24 hour window. I’m taking more personal days where I turn off all social media. I’m not forcing a blog post if I am feeling uninspired. I’m not obsessing on stats and followers and growing this space. I’m all for growing and moving forward as a blogger, but there has to be a balance and that was just what I was lacking. You can’t force it.

IMG_3304Landyn’s beanie c/o Blue Corduroy

 My anxiety has been a bit over the top and I’m working through it. I’ve been easing up on myself in general. I’m trying to steer away from over committing myself and being okay with saying no. Saying heck with it if there are days where I don’t feel like cooking and being okay with left overs and take out. Folding the mounds of laundry on my bedroom floor when I get around to it. Rotating between top knots and hats on days where I don’t feel like doing my hair. Being ok with the living room that lacks furniture or still not having our house just the way I’d like it. Letting go of things that are completely out of my control. Blasting feel good music when my brain shifts to overdrive. Avoiding the news and other media outlets that drown us in negativity. Breathing more. Focusing on good. Doing my part. Laughing more. Trusting the process. Investing in myself more.

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I’m marching to the beat of my own drum and it feels good.

For I have so much to be thankful for.

IMG_2751Fall in southern California and this beautiful place I get to call home.

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Being this girls momma. She adds so much color to my world.

moccasins c/o Freshly Picked 

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To have grown in love with this guy. We’re coming up on a year together and I’m so grateful for the beautiful life he gives us.

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My family. We are missing my momma in this picture but my family is my rock. They have shaped who I am and are the definition of unconditional love.

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Cocktails with friends. Can I get an amen?

IMG_2723The gift of self expression. I love that my Landyn shares my love for creativity.

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My circle of girlfriends that each add their own unique mark and always fill my cup. You know who you are.

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I’m thankful for my health. To spend every single day doing what I believe is my lives calling, being a momma. To have the ability to work from home sharing pieces of my heart with all you. For opportunity that falls in my lap. For forgiveness, and grace, and second chances.

I am thankful.

What are you thankful for? Tell me in the comments or leave links to a post.

Lots more to come this week. Happy Monday.

xo

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My dear friend Emily owns a shop called Blue Corduroy where she expresses her passion for knitting and all things handmade. I met her through blogging and got to hug her in real life at a blog conference a couple years back. She has creativity busting at the seams and its my lives mission to spend a weekend with her where she can teach me some of her skills. Check out all the handmade pretties she has going on. Awesome gift ideas. Completely swooning over this granny pillow.

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And this weeks Groopdealz picks:

2f6812306b503ea720fd24db8c773314riding boots $34.99

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Join the LLL team in September

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As my 4th year of blogging approaches next month, I’ve spent the past few weeks reevaluating the future of this blog. I’ve decided to restructure a few things as I evolve into myself here and really fine tune certain areas that make this space shine. I cant wait to share.

In addition, I am opening up sponsorships for September. I would love to help grow your brand as we enter into one of our busiest seasons here. For more information on my blog stats, advertising options, prices, etc. email me at lindslee00@gmail.com

I would love to chat. xo

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