For those who don’t follow me on social media, I am calling July my first full month of blogging. I think I actually slapped the wordpress theme on my domain name sometime in May, but there was a lot of trial and error and an emergent trip to Texas, so I didn’t really start working on it until July.
I’d like to (again) say THANK YOU, to all of my 1200 viewers! I can’t even begin to tell you how much looking at that number has encouraged and motivated me. I had made a monthly goal to get 500 views this month and even that seemed lofty. If you want to check out my most popular post, find it here: https://www.thecaffeinatedelephant.com/10-favorite-newborn-essentials/. This post however, was my personal favorite: https://www.thecaffeinatedelephant.com/persistent-prayer-resistant-doubter/
The whole point of this blog post today is to help you get to know me a little more and what my actual goals are with this little blog of mine. Firstly, I want to tell you why I chose the domain name: The Caffeinated Elephant.
When I was 21 I took a full time, live in, nanny position. To this day, it remains my favorite job. I learned so much about myself that year. I had a secure place to live and a secure job. I now had the time and money to figure out my likes and dislikes and try new things. During this time I started making a series of mildly embarrassing youtube videos under the name: The Caffeinated Elephant. A name I came up with a friend based on two of my favorite things: elephants and coffee.
To me, this name is more than just a reference to my own likes. The Caffeinated Elephant is about embracing every part of the messy growth process that is me becoming me.
It is cringing while I watch a youtube video of myself from 5 years ago, but loving myself all the same. The Caffeinated Elephant is showing gratitude for my bravery in continuing to plow on through diversity and insecurity while learning from mistakes I’ve made in my impulsiveness and headstrong heart. It is about continuing to grow into myself and continuing to forgive myself and offer myself grace instead of criticism. The Caffeinated Elephant is about becoming my best self, under Christ.
I bet you never thought such a silly name could be so deep, but there you have it. My goal in sharing this with you is that you will know that your growth, your words, your mistakes, all hold value. No matter what part of life you are in, you are loved by a Good Father who wants you to have good things!
So, during this upcoming month of August here are some things that I will be working on for me and you:
Psalms & Bloggers: I have renamed my “Soul Food” page to this more catchy title. On this page you will find:
- Links to posts about what I am learning through my quiet times. (This month I am studying James.)
- What others have posted that I found inspiring and or encouraging.
- Some helpful guides on how to read and study your Bible as you develop a relationship with God.
The Holy Art of Homemaking: This is a brand-spanking-new page! On this page I will be posting about how I am learning to serve and love on my family through the mundane chores of domestic life. This month of August you will see:
- Cleaning schedules
- Organizing hacks and tips
- Graciela’s DIY Harry Potter nursery
- Frozen Meals/ meal planning
Pregnancy & Parenthood: One of my favorite categories! Here I will be posting about my experiences through pregnancy and what I am learning about how to deliver another baby into the world. Also, you can read up on how I am enjoying the toddler I already do have. Some things you might see this month:
- Surviving a summer pregnancy
- What is a doula and why you need one
- Preparing for childbirth in the 3rd trimester
- Activities for a one year old
- What to feed your one year old
- How to take guilt free time for yourself
Clarksville/ Nashville Area: This is an unfinished thought I have had about falling in love with my surrounding area. The page doesn’t even exist yet, but should I make it, I will post about:
- Restaurants I liked
- Fun things to do
- My favorite businesses
Are you as excited as I am for this month? Fellow bloggers, what are you working on this month? If you are interested in collaborating with me, shoot me a message! Readers, what types of posts are you most interested in seeing? How can I help you become your best self?