Link Love + Reader Love

December 5, 2016

Farewell for now, friends.Hello to all you beautiful souls who’ve either been dropped off at this site because you clicked on something somewhere or because you actually frequent it and enjoy my sporadic musings.

Today is an odd day for me. It’s the first Sunday of December–the last month of 2016–and I have some news.

No, I’m not pregnant.

Nothing that serious.

But…I have decided to take take an indefinite break from this space.

If you’ve been following me on and off over the past year, I’m sure this doesn’t surprise you. When I told Ryan I was going to take a major break from the blog, he chuckled at me because I’ve taken so many “breaks” from blogging and always get roped back in by all the enthusiasm of readers, friends, family members, and fun brands. It’s what’s made me rally these past few months.

Yet, in the back of my head and deep in my heart, I know it’s time to take a serious pause.

If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve changed over the past year. Probably in small ways, but definitely in ways that have made me want to prioritize my own health and wellbeing a little bit more than I have been.

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I painted for fun because, if I have any spare time, it’s usually spent at work or working on this blog. And I think I need more space to relax, create and come into my own.

The second reason I’m taking some space is sort of linked to the first reason – my heart isn’t in it anymore. The lure of working with brands or talking to creative people is strong, BUT the fact I barely post on here is telling. I’ve begun to see this space as an obligation or a second job, rather than a creative outlet–which was the whole reason I birthed the blog in the first place. And I don’t want it to be like that. I want to be excited (most of the time, at least, since being excited about something constantly is probably impossible) to post and share things with you on here, not dread it like a corporate 9-to-5.

The third reason for leaving is – of course – I do have another side project in the works. One that has been low-key taking up a lot of my creative time, energy and focus. Now, in some ways this runs completely contradictory to the points I just listed. However, the purpose of this side project is *very* clear, unlike midwestlovefest, which originated as a simple creative project and morphed into more over time (making it nearly impossible to set a solid purpose, in my mind).

And not only does this new side project have a clear mission; a clear objective–for both readers and myself–but it comes from a super secret and deep-rooted passion, with the goal being to empower and inspire young women (another focus very near and dear to my heart). I’ve also learned a lot from this blog, and am planning on taking those hard-learned lessons into this new space; hoping that it helps me better manage my time and prioritize my health, while still growing this other thing to it’s full potential.

If you’re interested in learning more, I’ll update all my social channels as the time get’s closer (I’m shooting to launch it in early 2017, but you know how that goes) and, of course, you’re all more than welcome to join. But be forewarned, it’s about women and boobs. I won’t go beyond that 😉 but at least you have some vague idea of what you *may* be getting yourself into.

Any who, I needed to get all of this out because it’s important you know that I am trying to be serious about setting boundaries with this space, and taking needed time away from for now in order to keep moving forward in my own life and achieve my own personal goals, whether it be focusing on my wellbeing or building a new brand. Now, if I decide in 6+ months that “Hey! I miss the blog! I need it in my life!” Well then, hell, you’ll be hearing from me. But if not, then here’s where you can find me moving forward:

  • Blog-related Instagram account: If I ever feel the itch to share book recommendations, random musings, recipes or creative happenings, it will probably be here.
  • Personal Instagram: I’ll probably update this more than the blog-related IG account, but #notgunnalie I haven’t been the best at it over the past few months, so don’t expect *too* much…
  • Facebook: I will continue to update this with old content or anything I may find inspiring.
  • Twitter: Same as Facebook – I will continue to update this with old content or anything I may find inspiring.
  • Snapchat
  • Tumblr (yes, I have a tumblr!)


And if you want to take a quick glance of some of the work I’m most proud of:

I’ll also be sure to update this post and any/all social when it’s the right time to reveal more about my next side project.

Thank you to everyone who’s supported my blog over the past few years, whether you’re a friend, a reader or a brand rep. YOU are what has kept me coming back, week after week.

Till next time!

Oh, and if you’re still wanting a few of my favorite links from over the past week, here ya go:

+ THEY HALTED THE DAKOTA PIPELINE! I literally cried when I read this.

+ Stumbled upon this minimalist fashion blog and am in love.

+ How to drop everything and move abroad.

+ The holiday movie I’m seeing this Friday.

+ UM. Making these this month.

+ Holiday cocktail recipes, of course.

+ Using this hack to find all my fave celebs on Snapchat.

+ Can we talk about this?

+ Yarn Christmas tree DIYs that Im thinking about doing to spruce (ha, puns!) up the apartment.

+ Bookmarking this talk by swissmiss to watch later. Or all the time.

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