vivre bien 2017

vivre bien.

January 1, 2017

I realized late last week that Ember Grey has been around since December of 2013. WOW. I mean, that’s kind of a long time to be dedicating each day or week to one space, in addition to, you know, also living life. Ember Grey has been my place to share some pretty private heart-of-the-soul matters with a bunch of people – most of whom I’ve never met in real life but some who have become real-life friends and important people in my life. Do you guys know how much I love that? I mean, I’ve made some of my best friends – I’m talking LIFERS – and we actually fly in planes to see each other! And all because of this space. That’s just amazing to me. (Yes, I am that person who is still amazed – and kind of terrified – by the internet.)

Ember Grey, for the last 3 years, has been my safe place. It’s been a place where I could be me, share parts of myself, and have the space to be creative – however I felt creative in that moment. It’s been a place I’ve shared how Jesus has grown my faith, my life, and my heart. It’s been a place I’ve shared funny life moments with you, like real conversations I’ve had with my husband, and other silly thoughts that frequently circle my brain on a daily basis. It’s been a place I’ve created year-long challenges and invited you all to take them with me. It’s been a place I’ve shared some of my favorite recipes, accessories, and some of my favorite bloggers. It’s been a place I’ve met so many of you every Monday so that we might start the week out with grateful hearts. It’s been a place I’ve been cheered on, encouraged in my novel writing, prayed for during our adoption wait, and so SO many other things!

Having a Lifestyle blog requires you to share parts of your life, right? I mean, it’s literally in the word. And while I have loved doing that for all these years, I find myself becoming more and more private these days now that Crew is here. This is something I wondered a lot about as Christian and I waited to be parents: how much of our child and his/her and our life would I want to share online and publicly? Once Crew was born and in our arms, I couldn’t wait to share the news with you all! But as time has gone on, my heart has become louder and louder and it’s telling me that perhaps, for my family, it’s time to take a step back and keep his life a bit more private until he can choose whether or not he’d like to make it more public. And, because my life and core focus is now Crew, I’ve been struggling with what to talk about – EG being a Lifestyle blog and all 😉

Alright so if you’re holding your breath right now, please let it out and breathe again: Ember Grey is not going anywhere. I promise. BUT, it is changing. At least for the time being. Another BIG part to this change is also because – THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY! Between being a stay-at-home mama to a babe under 1, and attempting to get back to writing and finishing my first novel (with four other novel ideas also brewing), it’s like you either attempt to do five things fairly well or you pick a few and do them really well. You know? And so, for now, I have chosen to focus on my family and on writing my novel. What does “for now” mean? I’m not sure. And I’m letting forcing myself be okay with that. (The Planner in me hates this with a passion but the new mom in me is like GIRL ENOUGH WITH THE PLANNING, JUST LET IT RIDE.)

I still have some new ideas for Ember Grey in later 2017, or 2018, or whenever I decide it’s time to come back to this space more full-time. I LOVE high fashion and taking inspiration from it and applying to other daily things (I think this love started in my modeling days.) I also love home decor and beauty that is healthy and baking and you know my love for JORD is always and forever. And I’d love to mix more of all of that into EG at some point… when I have the time to truly dedicate to it. So – just as I’d always hoped for this space – Ember Grey is evolving. This is just the part that looks a bit fuzzy and doesn’t make much sense, as transition usually does. Thank you all for sticking around the last 6 months as I have fought hard to delay this change.

My word for 2017 is actually two words: vivre bien. It means live well. And so the beginning of this new year felt like the perfect time to take a break from this space, to live life on the outside a bit more, with continued hopes and plans of coming back here at some point – with a fresh vision and energy to continue to encourage and inspire and share His love. That has always been my hope for this space 🙂

I am so grateful for you all. I wish you guys the happiest new year and pray that despite everything that feels scary that’s happening in the world today, that we choose to hold tighter to hope, to love, to strength, to compassion, to Grace, and to living life well … however that might look in your life. Cheers to a new year and so much love to you all!

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  • Christian Matthew Cullen

    You are amazing 🙂

  • I love this and you!

  • So happy you are making a priority to live well in 2017! Happy New Year!! <3

  • I love the words that you chose for 2017 ♥ I can understand wanting to keep your little one’s life more private. I hope you have a very happy New Year!

  • My word for 2017 is authenticity and I have to say that is one the things I have always admired and loved about this space. When I had my last little one I walked away from the blogosphere for a bit. But I felt a tug to come back around the time he turned a year old. Follow your heart. You know what it’s telling you to do and I can’t wait to see when you come back! Wishing you and your beautiful family the best in 2017! ❤?❤

  • Oh, I think I need to just get on the ride too and stop planning. 🙂
    Happy 2017!

  • <3 <3 You took the words right out of my mouth. I'm so ridiculously grateful for what Bug and boo brought to me, in the form of all of these wonderful friends whom I will now treasure forever (& get to see SO SOON!) but as you know I have no ability to put that first. I even find myself dialing back the social media in general lately so I can be much more present in my day with the girls, when at first I was trying to at least keep Instagram and such going. (Deleting twitter and Facebook apps from your phone is so satisfying ha!)
    You do you, girl. Whatever shape that takes! Fan for life of however you decide to share your words and thoughts 🙂 Happy new year!! Bring on 2017!

  • I’ll miss your weekly musings, but I’m so glad that you’re taking the time to focus on the stuff you LOVE. I know you love your blog and the environment here, but you LOVE that little babe and your novel and your “real life” the best. I wish you all the luck, Emily!

  • I’ll miss the regularity here, but I know what you’re choosing to focus on is more important and I’m excited for your family and your novels! And that “vivre bien” is something I daily need to remind myself of when I get caught up in the details or the tasks… the life God has given us is right there in front of us if we’re bold enough to take it 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Amy Crabb

    Hugs! It has been fun to see your growth here. Wish we were closer and that I had gotten to see you at Christmas. Hugs to you all – especially Crew ;-)! Text me a photo every once in a while too! XO!

  • Happy New Year to you too Emily! I feel the same way about sharing other people’s lives on my blog (especially kids…especially our own kids whenever we have them) so I completely understand. You go do you, we’ll all be waiting around for the notifications when you do post 🙂

  • Girl I can totally understand! I love that we’ve become friends outside of the blog world and you know I’ll be keeping up with you in other ways 🙂

  • Happy New Year Emily. I can totally relate to the feeling of new mom status. I don’t think we really grasp how challenging being a stay-at-home mom means until we are thrown into it. Love seeing your updates of you and Crew, so don’t stop with that.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart, and even though I am getting back in the blogging swing of things and you are taking a hiatus, I can tell you you definitely make an impact on those around you both physically and virtually. So thank you.


  • Congratulations! Thank you also for bringing good vibes into the world through your little space here.
    Wish you many,many more years of blogging.

  • that’s a good choice for 2017 and i hope it’ll be full of vivre bien for you! and i think i’ve been away from the blogosphere for so long and not read our blog that i’ve not said congrats on baby crew. so congrats – that’s so lovely! xx

  • Love this! It is crazy to think about how long we’ve been blogging and how many friends we’ve made in the process! Though I did ditch my old blog and start over in 2015ish, it seems like I’ve been blogging forever! I love this little community. 🙂 Live well is a great motto!

  • Amazing, congrats Emily. I almost reached my 2 years of blogging. Feels like a lot has happened, but one thing for sure, live well is the key to happiness. Cheers!