Over this past month I have been thinking a lot about about Harlowe James and the future I see for this site. What started out as a reprieve from a job I was really not loving turned into something so much bigger than I could have imagined. While still a very small following in comparison to others, I really do feel proud of everything I have been able to publish over the last two years. Just like anything it is important to reevaluate and take a step back to see what it is you like and what you would do differently.
Over the weekend I got an Instagram message that honestly brought tears to my eyes. This person took the time to reach out and let me know she was grateful for my posts simply because they made her feel normal for being at home on the weekends instead of jetting off to some far away place or out at a swanky party (totally paraphrasing). It seemed like such a small thing, but I think so many of us are in the same boat these days in regards to social media.
It often feels like a never ending one sided competition of who has more, goes on better trips or all round leads a seemingly more curated life. I often find myself saying out loud.. when did everyone get so rich? It seems like things that used to be such a luxury are completely commonplace that it almost makes them less exciting and frankly can be exhausting to look at. I often find myself in this weird limbo because this blog has become apart of my job and I only ever share things I truly love, but I never want to feel like I am pushing people to consume more or making them feel less than by sharing. My goal is always to inspire and present ideas in ways that are easy to recreate at home and don’t always have to cost a lot of money. I do like expensive things, but will always try and balance that out with cheaper options.
That being said, I really did create this site to get a sense of community. I absolutely love getting emails or DM’s on Instagram from some of you asking for advice or simply stopping by to say hi! I will always share curated images in hopes to inspire, but I also would like open up a bit more of a dialogue. One of my favorite things in life is to give advice – whether over a breakup, easy tricks I’ve found to deep clean your kitchen, how to decorate on a budget – whatever it is I often have unsolicited advice to give out. I am no expert on anything, but I feel like I have accumulated a lot of insight through life experiences. Things like dealing with anxiety without taking medication, changing your diet for low thyroid. Whatever it is I want to open the gates up with a new series called Lets Get Personal. If you have any questions or a topic you would like to bring up to discuss further please send me an email or fill out the form on my contact page. I want to get a lot of you involved not just my own two cents. So many of us are going through the same daily struggles and it can be very helpful and comforting to just talk about it. I love hearing from you and am excited to open up the conversation a little more.
As always thank you so much for following along!