Happy “Hump Day!” And Happy October! It’s a chilly, rainy day here in good ‘ole Seattle. Though I’m deeply missing New England fall foliage, the Pacific Northwest brings its own brand of beauty to the season. Just make sure you’ve got a waterproof jacket, sassy beanie, and boots to tackle it with.
This week I’m stepping out on a limb and participating in Alex Beadon’s 7-Day Feel Good Blogging Challenge. If you’ve followed my blogging journey thus far, you know posts have been few and far between. Well, I’d like to change that.
I am participating in a daily blogging challenge for the next seven days, hoping for it to be a springboard of motivation and traction!
Day 1 prompt: Answer the following five questions:
1. Who are you?
Officially: Haley Elizabeth Doble Brown. To most: HB, Hale, halestorm, Hay-Hay, Browntown, honeybun, halesworth, pookey, pookness (it’s a mother thing).
25 years young. New England born, Seattle dwelling. College educated. Sassy, simple, and sophisticated.
Somewhere between a juice cleanse and donut for dinner, I write, edit, and shoot photos of all kinds between lavender chai breaks in the greater Seattle area. (Though my day job in telemedicine currently has me in an office from 8am-5pm.)
In my free time I love exploring the city, OK I love eating and drinking my way through the city, and exploring the surrounding natural splendors of Washington. There is never a dull moment around these parts, so much to see and do!
Fun facts: My lucky number is 7 and favorite color is fuchsia. My soul lies both in the ocean and in an open field on the back of a horse. Music and dance are my love language. I have a deep desire to be connected to myself and others, and to be of service. Love is always the answer.
2. Why did you start blogging?
Forever a bookworm, writing comes naturally to me and is something I enjoy. The idea to start a blog began years ago during the serial dating phase of my late teens/early twenties. Boy did I have stories to tell and advice to give, my friends encouraged me to start a blog but I could never work up the gumption.
Then, a year ago, I bit the bullet, hired a graphic designer to help me with the coding/technical end of things and launched a blog!
Why? Because I felt it was time, I’d moved 3,000 miles away from home and wanted to share my life here on the west coast with everyone back east. Along with all my other dreams: using my story and past experiences to help others, sharing inspiring products/people/books/etc., and to continue growing as an individual… Blah blah blah… I wanted… I want to inspire, motivate, empower others. Plain and simple.
I figured starting was the hardest part, that posts would just evolve naturally once I began. Wrong-o. Blogging needs to be intentional, it takes work and life quickly got in the way last year. Today, time is not an excuse, I’m working part-time through the end of 2014. It’s time to get my sh*t in gear, baby!
3. Who is your blog for?
I am writing for anyone who struggles to remain in the light. Life is a beautifully complicated mess. It can be really, really hard sometimes. This blog serves as a beacon, a lighthouse of hope and love and light to everyone who enters. It is a reminder that YOU are enough, YOU are worthy of your desires, and YOU can have the life you’ve always dreamed of.
And for people who like pretty pictures of pretty places. And need Seattle eatery recommendations.
P.S.: I don’t have all the answers, I’m learning right along with you, we’re in this together!
4. What’s something you’ve been working on lately that you’re REALLY proud of?
Honest answer: not a heck of a lot. Does getting through the week count? (Answer: YES!)
I’ve got two pressing goals on the immediate horizon: finally finishing Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map from start to finish and cooking three dinners a week.
I did take a new dance class three times last week! I reallyyy wanted to bail on the second and third classes not because I didn’t enjoy the class but because they are after work and all I wanted to do was veg on the couch and watch Gilmore Girls (damn you, Netflix!). However, I forced myself to go and I am REALLY proud of it. More on the Nia classes at a later date!
5. What’s the ONE MESSAGE you hope people take away from your blog?
I hope they leave feeling better than when they arrived.
Woo! Day 1 complete! If you’re like me and teetered on the edge of launching a blog for YEARS, now is the time to jump! Join the 7-day challenge and see what kind of magic you can create.
Love & Light,
P.P.S – I’d love to connect with you! Find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest at: yelahbrown (Haley spelled backwards!)