A message from me to you

A message from me to you

 

I started writing this post about two months ago which is surprising considering I usually do not plan ahead on posts but this post has been resting in my heart for a while now. When I started this blog, roughly a year ago, I was excited about all of the opportunities and let’s be honest, free clothes, that I was going to be getting. In the beginning, it was a way to make extra money while also staying in touch with the latest fashions.  I learned a  ton about  fashion, coding, blogging, marketing, networking, and about a thousand other things along the way. I would not trade what I learned for anything.

Along the way, I started despising writing my blog posts and for a long time I couldn’t figure out why. It was not until this summer when I started coaching 11 and 12 year old girls that I finally figured out why… it was sending the wrong message to these girls that I cared so much about. Today’s girls have so many pressures… they want to fit in, compete for boys, and live up to societies expectations of what and who they should be. It is not about what the latest fashion magazines and blogs tell them they should look like…it’s about loving themselves. Through promoting only what I was wearing, I was telling these girls that who I was was someone that spent my days playing dress-up and getting their picture taken, which really is the complete opposite of what I actually do for a living. The thing is usually people only post on the internet what they want others to see.   Just remember that you aren’t always seeing everything just like it is.

So with this new blog layout change comes basically a new blog. I will still be doing the outfit and beauty posts because that is why you all started following but there will be less of them.  There will be more lifestyle posts mixed in with other posts that I am not sure yet what the topic will be. That’s the great thing about this blog… it can truly be about anything and if I don’t start enjoying it again, I can be done with it! I know that also means that I will lose followers but my integrity is more important to me.  My dad always said to me before I left the house “Remember who you are Kristi” and that is what I plan to do with this blog too.

So while you’re sitting on your couch eating ice cream in yoga pants, and feeling bad about yourself when you read someone’s blog and their life looks so put together and perfect and they appear to never wear anything but fashionable, well planned-out outfits, remember in reality,I’m doing the same thing you’re doing each night too. 

 

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17 Comments

  1. renee
    July 29, 2014 / 7:30 am

    You are truly an inspiration. You have always had great commentary and I follow you for that. Thank you for being “real”.

  2. July 29, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Change is difficult, but not impossible. I think it’s fantastic that you’re injecting more of your real life/thoughts between fashion posts, not because I dislike fashion posts, but because what you wear is only one small part of your identity. I hope you enjoy your process!

    Great blog!

  3. Niki
    July 29, 2014 / 8:44 am

    The reason I started following your blog was because not only did you show us really cute outfits but you seemed like a very ‘real’ person–not some supermodel but someone just like us. Your decision to change your blog shows me I was right. Good for you, and thank you for being a great example for young girls!

  4. Steph
    July 29, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Great post! Your blog is one of my new favs, and I’ll continue to follow along. I coach 11/12 year old girls in NYC, and I couldn’t agree more about how they’ve changed how I see things. Looking forward to some new content on The Coral Court 🙂

  5. Cindy Ropp
    July 29, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Kristi, one thing I have always admired about you is your ability to be real. you are a powerful woman and an incredible role model. Blessings as you go forward, sweetie!

  6. July 29, 2014 / 10:40 am

    I love this post, I actually started to feel the same way about my blog as well. I definitely want to start infusing a little bit more of real life into my blog posts, I think it will make it more enjoyable for me! Thank you for sharing this!

    Love&Clothing

  7. July 29, 2014 / 11:25 am

    I love this. So much. Thanks for sharing your heart. New reader here, and I’ll be staying. 🙂 -Erica @ WhimsicalSeptember.com

  8. July 29, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Good for you, Kristi! Although some of us have always known who you are, I’m happy to read whatever you blog about – fashion or otherwise! XO

  9. July 29, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    truer words were ever spoke. You are truly amazing!

  10. Bailey
    July 29, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    Sometimes the journey to body positivity can feel like a lonely one and I know that I can count on your blog to show my daughter what true beauty really is. You are so lovely!

  11. Donna
    July 29, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    I have to admit that both my daughter and I read your blog. I have always gotten the message from you that you have a strong sense of who you are and stand up for what you believe in. I couldn’t be more thrilled that the first thing that my daughter does it check your blog in the morning.

  12. July 29, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Loved this post. Thank you for being so transparent. And really, thank you for staying true to yourself. That makes me want to follow you even more! It seems like the whole point of blogging is to share a little piece of you and what you stand for…so we should all stop and make sure we’re doing that a little more often. So excited to see where this journey takes you next!!

  13. Grandma Stalter
    July 29, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    I really like your new blog, Kristi. So proud of you and I love you so much.

    Grandma

  14. Laura
    July 29, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    So much respect for you girl!

  15. July 31, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    This post really resonates with me. There is always more to a person than a nice outfit and a vibrant Instagram feed. Kudos to you for demonstrating just that on your blog!

  16. August 1, 2014 / 3:20 am

    I am looking forward to reading what you will be posting in the future

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