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As 2015 begins to unfold, my mind is filled with so many ideas, questions and emotions.  Many people love to make resolutions for the new year, because it's the perfect opportunity to start over with a clean slate.  Whether hoping to lose a few pounds, get out of debt, go back to school, or just be a better person...somehow seeing that fresh calendar on your desk makes those goals seem a little more within reach.  So many blank spaces, just waiting to be filled in with new dreams and opportunities.

I have spent the past few months contemplating which direction I want to take with this blog.  For the longest time I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It gave me an outlet to express myself, document my life, make new friends and in some ways it even helped me to learn more about myself.  I don't know exactly what happened, but somewhere along the journey that enjoyment disappeared.  I had taken on too many sponsored posts, stopped interacting with other bloggers and blogging simply lost it's appeal.  It wasn't fun anymore.  It makes me sad to say that, but it's true.

This blog started out as motivation to stop wearing old t-shirts and sweatpants all the time.  Much to my surprise, that motivation managed to prove effective and I stuck with it!  Being a mom is a hard gig.  It's absolutely the most rewarding aspect of my life, but it has also been the most difficult.  My family is my number one priority and always will be.  However, I know that setting aside a few minutes to get ready each day makes me feel better...and when I feel better, I'm a much nicer mom!  My genuine hope is that there is another busy mom out there who has read my blog and felt inspired.  I hope that I have influenced someone to take a little time out of their packed schedule to better their self-esteem.  That's what I would consider a success.

My personal style has certainly evolved over the past few years and this blog has helped me to learn so much about fashion in general.  I still love shopping and clothes and fashion magazines, but I'm just not sure I want to blog about that kind of thing.  It all feels so superficial to me.  There is always so much comparison and jealousy.  In order to be a successful "fashion blogger" you need to always be on top of the latest trends, buying the hottest (and most expensive) designer goods.  And don't get me started on the fake EVERYTHING...hair extensions, false eyelashes, fake tans...why do we all have to try and look the same?!  It's just too much.  Don't get me wrong...there is nothing bad about getting all done up every once in a while, but when you have to turn into a whole new person just to get people to notice you, something is not right.

So, I'm at a crossroads.  I want this to be a space where I can be myself and truly enjoy the blogging process again.  I want this to be a space where I can share my passions with others and a place where people can be inspired.  I want this to be a space where I can be open and honest and real.  I want to write more about my flight attendant experiences and share some travel tips I've learned along the way.  I want to visit more beautiful places and work on my photography.  I want to help other women on a budget, whether that means sharing great deals on designer pieces or showing off cute pieces from affordable brands.

The truth is, I'm extremely grateful for all of you who have stuck with me on this blogging journey of mine.  Not only do I want this to be a fun place for me...I also want it to be a fun place for you!  If no one wants to read my blog posts, there isn't much point in writing them, is there?  So, now I have a question for all of you: What would you like to see more of on Plane Pretty?  I'd really love to hear any input that could help in making this a fun, happy space to celebrate travel, fashion, motherhood and life's other little pleasures.

Here's to a happy, authentic, meaningful, positive, fulfilling, and productive new year!


  1. HELLO! And I am so happy to read this post mostly because I was at the EXACT same crossroads. And I am so happy to hear I am not the only one. I have stopped worrying about buying things and started doing fashion based on what I have for the most part. I don't care about trends. I like seeing Mom fashion - not latest trends. I like seeing real outfits that you wear normally. Also. I really love reading travels and I want to hear ALLLL about your life as a flight attendant because I think that is awesome. My advice to you? Make this space what you want it to be, and if people read great, if they don't great. Beacuse you are awesome and you want to enjoy this. I have probably lost a lot of readers the last few months - but who cares! I am finally enjoying it again.

    1. Oh Deidre! I'm so glad I'm not the only one too! And I'm so glad that you are enjoying it again...that gives me hope and assures me that I'm making the right decision! And for the record, I still read your blog...so you haven't lost this reader!

  2. This basically sums up why I'm a lifestyle or whatever you want to call it blogger. Maybe it's bad to not have a niche, but I like to blog about running and cooking and crafts and clothes and the bachelor. I want to blog about what I want to blog about. I've done an ok job with growth so I think it appeals to a decent amount of people. Blogging for me is still fun because I try hard to avoid the competition of it all even though it's really hard sometimes. I definitely want to read more about all of those things you mentioned. If you blog about what you love, people will love it.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. If you write about what you love and what excites you your readers will appreciate it and love it just the same. I like to read about real life. There are a lot of bloggers out there that got too big and now their blogs are not the same. They are full of ads and posts that are no longer relevant to me. I want to read about real life. Real life is not just about getting dressed up every day and eating pretty food. It is more than that and it means something different to everyone. As a fellow blogger I have found myself in the same situation. Now I see my blog as an online diary. Yeah I write about fashion and travel and pose for pretty pictures but those weeks that I spend at home in sweatpants should not make me feel like I HAVE to get dressed up to take outfit pics. It should be fun. Not a chore. I am so excited about your future blog posts and look forward to what you have to share. Thanks so much for this post and best of luck in the New Year with your blog.


  4. Oh balls. I think my long reply got eaten. Lol!

  5. I always think the best thing about a blog is that it's written by you, so it's something you enjoy. if you don't enjoy it....switch it up a little. In the end, numbers and ads and sponsors don't realy matter if you're in blogging for fun and friendship! If you create the kind of thing you like to read, you'll draw people with similar tastes to you and build friendships that way.

    For the people that have the fake everything and have to have all new impeccably styled but completely impractical outfits for every post - well I think they are blogging for a different reason, and that's okay too! Just find what makes you happy, and do that :) In the end, nothing else matters :)

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