03/04/18, Open Letter

From Blog to Visual Journal

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my blog for another open letter. This week, we are going to be talking about a few of the changes that are going to be taking place on my blog this year, as I transition out of writing to you all every week to talking to you all, through my podcast! You can read all about that here on one of my previous letters. 

As I’ve mentioned in that post, there are some things that I don’t know how to write about very well on my blog, because I can only speak from my own perspective. There are some topics, such as mental health for people of color, mental health and the environment, food and mental health, and mental health and cultural stigma, that are in dire need of a conversation with more than just one voice, and more than just one perspective. This is why I’m starting my podcast- I’d like to help bring more voices to the conversation than just my own.

I also just picked a title for my podcast! My podcast will be called

Northern Sunrise (2).png

Rise, as in look for a sunrise after every sunset

Rise, as in allowing your voice to rise

Rise, as in learning how to rise above pain and sorrow

I thought that this title was so perfectly symbolic for what I want my podcast to be about.

What do you think?

Also, here are a few updates on things that are happening on my blog!

At the end of this month, I’ll be taking down my blog for a few weeks and working on re-designing it. As I grow, I want my blog to grow with me. And so as I prepare to launch my podcast, I will be taking down my blog, possibly purchasing a new domain, and getting rid of posts that I don’t believe are relevant to my audience. I will then re-launch in a few weeks! But I will keep you all posted on everything as I go.

Additionally, a few months ago I really fell in love with the idea of making my blog more like a visual journal/bullet journal of my thoughts. That’s more of the look that the new Handmade Hearts will take, and I’m excited to show you all what I have in mind! Now that I’ve discovered Canva, this will also be easier to do. I’ll be adding a page to my blog that is specifically dedicated to my podcast, so you all can find more info about that over there.

Today, I’m also starting the process of scripting for my blog, which will be launching July 2018 (not June like I’d initially had in mind- I have an event that I’m planning on attending at the end of the month so I had to push back the date).

Anyways, if you all would like updates on where I am in the process of creating my podcast, you can join the mailing list right here. If you join my mailing list and fill out the email survey, I’ll feature you on my blog!

ALSO new for Handmade Hearts are these first few Mindfulness Playlists that I put together on Spotify! Check them out!

The Meditation/Yoga Playlist 

The Work Playlist

Let me know what you think of these!

That’s all the new info on my blog that I have for you guys! Have anything you want to share with me? Write me! You can reach me at handmadeheartsblog@gmail.com

I hope everyone has a great week!



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