Thank you for bearing with me as I processed my priorities and the future of Pure and Noble. In the midst of my time away I was reminded of why I started this blog and my shop... to glorify God in the ways He has gifted me. This desire has not changed, but my perspective has. Somewhere in the midst of blogging, I lost my way and my focus shifted. I love design, crafting and creating; to weave these things into my life and inspire others along the way was my purpose for Pure and Noble. Unfortunately, I got bound up in sin and began to focus on all of the wrong things... How many comments have I received? Do they like what I'm writing or better yet, do they like me? Quickly Pure and Noble became about self-affirmation through the praise of others and numbers.
I struggle desperately with wanting people to like me. (Ummm, yuck. It sounds even worse when typed out for others to read.) Because of this, I look more to my lovely readers for affirmation than I do to the Lord. A big stumbling block for me is comments. I know they are a huge part of blogs, allowing the readers and writer to connect and form friendship/community. While I long to connect with each of you, it's time for me to turn off comments. My focus and purpose needs to remain in Him alone and right now I feel this is the only way I can gain some ground in this area. I hope that if you are inspired by my blog or simply want to say, "Hi!" you will drop me an email and introduce yourself. I really do love connecting with my readers and getting to know each of you. My hope is that I will spend more time on content and less time on worrying if I'm liked. So, as of Monday... you will no longer find a comment box. I know this is not the norm for blogs, but this time around, I am choosing to take the road less traveled.
I will also be blogging less and the content will probably change a bit too. I realize that I may lose some of you and that's okay. I understand. I have to do what works best for me and my family and you have to do what works best for you. Time is a priceless commodity in this crazy world we live in. Should you move on, please know that I am grateful for any and all time you have given me.
As for the shop, I will no longer be taking wholesale orders and will focus on the design of my products! This is my favorite part after all. I'm so very excited about this.
Lastly, lest you think I will begin to take myself way too seriously here, I thought I'd share a few out-takes with my little.
Happy Friday! Enjoy a weekend full of focus! xo