Hello again! It feels so good to be back to blogging and starting up a fresh new space to share beautiful things. After 4 years of blogging and a change of country, I started to feel like I had out grown The Angelheaded Hipster. We loved each other a lot and it took me to many exciting places and opened many doors for me. But during the course of last year, I began to feel like we just didn’t fit each other anymore and try as I might, I was no longer part of the South African blogging scene and had moved on. I felt at sea. At the same time, a series of domain mishandlings compounded on my loss of motivation, and I decided to just take a step back from blogging until I felt inspired to write and share my life again. Today, I feel inspired.
I have changed in the eighteen months that I have been in the UK, but my compulsive need to write and create things for the internet has remained. With this, I knew that I wanted to create a new online space that can accommodate all of the many directions that my life moves in. I have known for a while that I wanted my next blog to be a place that I can share my adventures of being a South African in Lincolnshire; the good times and the challenging times as well. But what to call it? The number one rule that bloggers will tell you is to define your niche and name your blog appropriately. I don’t see this space as having a niche nor do I want to be hemmed in. I just want to share my thoughts and experiences unfettered and not have to play by the rule book.
“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”
Dalai Lama XIV
After weeks of going backwards and forwards on names and searching pinterest for inspiration, this phrase caught my eye.There are a number of quotes that use these words, but for me they caught the heart of where I am right now. The words Roots and Wings encapsulate so much of how I feel as a someone living far from my family and my home. I long for home and for my South African roots; to be in a place where I share a common history and culture with people. But simultaneously, I love the freedom that I have found in another country and in embracing the opportunities and adventures that come my way. This blog then is a space for the two to exist simultaneously; a place to celebrate my wings whilst not forgetting my roots.