The Story of How Heart & Moxie Came to Life

If you missed yesterday’s announcement, then have no fear, you’re not in the wrong place!  As of yesterday, Random Little Faves became Heart & Moxie (woohoo!).  

Yesterday, I walked you through the various cool features and how to navigate around the site (and be sure to pop in and enter the giveaway on yesterday’s post for some fun prizes!).  

Today, I wanted to give you a little background as to why I decided to change the name and give my site a complete overhaul. So many people when they start blogging don't realize that it can take a while to not only find your voice, but find your people.

If you're in that place right now, then keep on readin' to hear my story of how I got started, when and why I almost quit, and how I came back with a plan to get where I am right now.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

I started my blog, Random Little Faves, back in September 2013 as a means to share all the random things I loved.  It was basically an outlet to share various, random, amazing things.  But, I didn’t really venture into anything about me or the things I felt passionate about.  The idea of actually sharing my personal thoughts for all the world to read was a bit terrifying, which is why I kept it to a pretty neutral topic....things.

The only screenshot I have of my ORIGINAL blog back in late 2013! This was the header :)...

The only screenshot I have of my ORIGINAL blog back in late 2013! This was the header :)...

As I continued blogging in this manner for awhile, I started losing steam.  It was hard to come up with so many different products and things!!  No one was reading it (I knew nothing about promoting my blog or networking or anything!) and I wasn't really getting that much joy out of what I was writing.

So...I stopped.  In May 2014, about 8 months after I started, I quit writing or posting anything on Random Little Faves. I took the summer off to try and decide if I wanted to continue with blogging or not.  

After a couple of months away from it, I knew I really missed it and I wanted to start up again.  But, I also knew that I needed to do things differently.  So, I decided it was time to revamp it and start fresh!  I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about blogging to make it better and I decided to put more of me in the blog.

I realized that for all of the blogs that I loved to read, what kept me going back was that I felt like I was visiting a friend.  I loved getting to know the blogger as much as what they blogged about!

In late August 2014, I picked up where I left off, but first, I spruced it up and gave it a new look…

My 2nd take on a trying to find the right brand and look for my site...better, but still not quite right...

My 2nd take on a trying to find the right brand and look for my site...better, but still not quite right...

Over the past year, I have poured myself into my blog!  I’ve taken countless classes and workshops, read numerous books and eGuides, networked with other bloggers, and basically transformed my blog, and you might even say myself, in the process!

Earlier this year, I revamped my site yet again since I was still trying to find the right look that felt like me.  In February of this year, I launched my 3rd rendition of Random Little Faves (most of you will recognize this one!).  

The last version of Random Little Faves...

The last version of Random Little Faves...

This was definitely on the right track!  But it still wasn't quite right.  Something still felt a little 'off' for me, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

As I began thinking a lot more about where I wanted this blog/website to go in the future, I started to realize that it was ‘Random Little Faves’ that didn’t quite fit anymore.  I knew then, that I needed to repackage everything with a more appropriate name to better fit what I write about.

And that, my friends, is how Heart & Moxie came to be!

Since I am very passionate about living a life you love and accepting and embracing who you are (flaws and all!), Heart & Moxie is the perfect fit for how I see life…live it with a lot of heart and a little bit of moxie (or vice versa!).

What the Future Holds for Heart & Moxie

As I look ahead, I have a LOT of plans for this website!  I have courses, eBooks, videos, worksheets, and lots of other fun things planned to share with you.  I am SO excited to start diving into these and I’m really looking forward to the process of bringing each of these ideas to life for you.

I'm still working on getting more me into my website and what I share, but I'm way beyond where I was just a year ago!  My goal over the next several months is to start creating some videos and actually talking to you guys and believe me, it's a bit scary to think about!  But, ultimately, it's something I want to explore as a means to allow you to get to know me even better!

I hope you stick with me over the course of what comes next for Heart & Moxie because it’ll be a fun ride!!  

And as for another revamp of my website...not happening for a long time!!  I spent a lot of time really thinking through this redesign and rebrand and finally, it feels right.  So, we'll be stickin' with this for a while, my friends!

Tomorrow, I’ll share more about my Moxie Tribes since this will be a fantastic way to stay on top of what’s coming, get some inside scoop, and to have the opportunity to engage with me more outside of the blog :).

After that, it'll return to business as usual around here!  While I do have posts scheduled for each day this week, it's an extra special week since everything is new!  After this week, I'll be sharing posts three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Giveaway Reminder

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to enter to win the gift pack of goodies that I'm giving away as a means to celebrate the launch of Heart & Moxie!  If you entered yesterday, guess what...you can enter again today (and every day until the giveaway closes on Friday!).

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Where are you in your blogging journey?  Are you where you want to be right now, or are you still trying to figure it all out?  I'd love to hear, so leave me a comment and let me know!