One of the things that has been on my mind of late, is the topic of growth and change. It happens all around us on a daily basis. Minute by minute, second by second, things are changing. Plants are growing and dying. Houses are being built and destroyed. People are being born and buried. I look at myself a year ago, and I wonder who that person was. I look back five years, and I can barely recognize that college senior, ready to graduate and take on the world. I feel as if I am changing on a constant basis. My ideas, preferences, style, mood, and personality are rays of sunlight through a canopy of trees–shifting and flickering and changing as the hours pass. I feel a restlessness in my soul, and I grow bored very quickly, which leads to an ever-evolving sense of self. On another level, I feel my relationship with God deepening and growing, as He draws me closer to himself, and reveals areas in my life that need adjustment. I feel as though there is no room for static, motionlessness or inactivity. Certainly there is time for rest, but even in rest, there is change.
I say all of this because as I continue to author this blog, it makes me stop and wonder what remnants of my old self I am leaving behind on this journey through life. I am not one of those bloggers who writes to remember. In fact, I never read old posts. I write, read though a couple times, publish and forget. Occasionally I will re-read a post if I need to link to it, but it is rare. I don’t like visiting the old versions of myself that are buried in the archives of this blog. I feel almost uncomfortable, because sometimes I catch a glimpse of a person who is incongruent with who I am today. I author this blog mostly because I love to write, and I love to share snippets of my life with you, my silent but faithful readers. And yet each day, I add to a record of who Bethany Hway was and is. I don’t always (or often) share the deep things, and there is much of my life that I keep private, but the bottom line is that this blog is a reflection of my devlopment over time.
As I grow and change, I feel the need to refine and rework my brand as well. Over the years, this blog has been through many a re-design. As I have changed, and as my content has shifted to reflect those changes, the colors, fonts and design style have changed significantly as well. This blog is an ever-evolving picture of who I am–both in content and design. In the next couple weeks, I’ll be revealing a brand new b*spoke. It will be the same, at it’s core, but I’ve been reworking a few design elements, adding some functionality, content and features, and taking away the things that don’t fit anymore. Thanks so much for coming along on this journey, and sticking with me through the growth and change. And thanks for listening to my rambles… you guys are the best.