It is time for a change! Time to switch things up and try something new.
For the last several months, I’ve felt like I needed a change here on The Rich Life. I compare it to looking in the mirror one day and deciding that the shade of lipstick you’ve been wearing for the last six years just doesn’t work for you any longer. Or noticed that the jeans you loved so much you wore them almost daily for the last several years really don’t suit your personal style like they once did. You feel the need for something new; something that fits the person you are today and expresses who she is. That’s where I have been. A blog identity crisis, perhaps?
Instead of fighting it and waiting for these unsettled feelings to pass, I decided to make a big change. The Rich Life on a Budget was a wonderful six-year adventure initially full of lettuce washing tips, DIY bath salts, casserole recipes and dog birthday parties. Then evolving through the years to where it is now: Wine Country lifestyle, fashion over 40, food, wine, travel, beauty and living a rich life, which is always the crux of this blog.
I am excited to introduce you to The Rich Life in Wine Country!
I chose this name as a way to more closely connect to what I am passionate about and what fits what I’ve been presenting to you these last few years.
Technical problems and limitations, along with a desire to have a more modern and easily navigable site, precipitated this change. But more importantly, I want my blog’s name to better articulate what it is truly about.
There are loads of talented people out there who excel at writing about budgets, finance and money-saving ideas. I am not one of them. I had a handful of helpful tips years ago, then sort of ran out of them a long time ago. It’s simply not my forte.
Living here in Sonoma Valley since 1999 has been an incredible gift that I treasure daily. How blessed am I to have met the man of dreams who just happened to be settled in the place of my dreams. I don’t take any of that for granted.
I adore and I celebrate all the wonderful things about Wine Country: its beauty, world class food and wine, fabulous climate, its many talented, dynamic and kind people who live and work here, and the fantastic style! I look forward to featuring posts about what to wear, where to stay, eat, taste wine, shop, be entertained, relax and just have fun in California’s Wine Country.
One of the top inquiries I get both from readers’ emails and traffic from search engines is what do I wear in Wine Country? I can and love to answer those questions. It’s what I enjoy blogging about! I even created a new and separate Instagram account called Wine Country Wardrobe, dedicated to Wine Country style. All fashions featured are from my wardrobe.
Aside from fashion, food, wine, travel, and Wine Country, I will continue to share lifestyle tips and ways to live your richest life. Living a rich life is an ongoing endeavor for me and the crux of this blog. The new format won’t be all Wine Country, all the time. I promise!
The new site will take some polishing up. If there are any improvements or changes you would like to see, please let me know either in the comments or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (which will soon be changing to email@example.com as will my URL).
I want to thank Susan from Une Femme for directing me to Pipdig, where I found the new format I was looking for. And to my web consultant, Michael Catanzaro of Cantanzaro Creations, for helping me with the heavy lifting and being so very patient with me. I also want to say thank you to my husband and a dear friend who allowed me to pester them for their opinions. I will try not to begin sentences with “So what do you think of this one?” for a long time!
My social media accounts will remain in the same place but with the new name. Same goes for your email subscription – no need to re-subscribe.
Thank you for your readership these last nearly six years. I am excited about this new phase of my blogging career/hobby and hope you’ll stick around with me!