La rue neuve is the main shopping district in Brussels, Belgium where I grew up. It was where I spent almost a decade shopping, hanging out with friends and developing my own style. I thought the name was fitting when I started blogging for the first time. Furthermore (and more importantly), la rue neuve literally translates to the new road or the new path. I started this project shortly after having graduated from college, experiencing all of the life changes that tend to follow this particular right of passage. I was unsure of the direction my career was taking and decided to take a chance on blogging. It was to become my new road, my new path – at least for a while.
The funny thing about roads is that they are rarely, if ever, straight. David and I just spent a few days in the mountains and those roads will unapologetically take a sharp turn when you least expect it. My life sometimes seems like those roads.
Many of you already know that I am starting graduate school in the fall and that I was promoted to a new position within my company a couple of months ago. In the ever-challenging effort to find balance in my life, blogging has unfortunately fallen toward the bottom of my list of priorities. I knew the road was beginning to turn but was unwilling to give it up along with the friends I have made. As fall quickly approaches, however, it’s time for me to face what’s just around the corner.
It is not time for me to stop blogging. But it is time for me to blog differently. For a while now, I have been wanting to blog in a way that is more representative of who I am as a whole individual. After all, I lead a full life and have a wide range of interests. Having been drawn into fashion blogging almost accidentally, I never stopped to figure out what I wanted out of blogging.
I want a place to express myself in the fullest way possible only to those who genuinely care. A picture book of my wardrobe available to friends, acquaintances, fellow bloggers and internet stalkers is simply not cutting it anymore.
So, if you are interested in continuing to see the occasionally wacky looks I come up with in addition to reading my rants on politics, matters of the heart, spiritual challenges, scholastic efforts and professional triumphs and frustrations, feel free to leave me your email address in the comments. (Feel free to email me as well.) Once I make La Rue Neuve private on August 1, I will add you to my list of approved readers and hopefully we can continue to get to know each other better. I am excited about this rue neuve. And for the many sharp turns I am certain to encounter in the future.
(***Note: If you have a gmail account, please send me that address. If you don’t, you will need to sign in as a guest every two weeks. I will still be on Twitter and will let you know when a new post has been published. Thanks!)