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Redesign and refocus

Preview of a Splash by Chris Willis

Preview of a Splash by Chris Willis

I have always been the sort of person who just jumps into things. Once I make a decision about something, I move forward. I don’t like to read instructions before I start something though I often have to resort to reading them after I have put the wrong thingy in the whatchmadoodle. As much as I like to plan and organize and coordinate, my natural inclination is to ‘fly by the seat of my pants.’

So it probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me that when I decided to start blogging, I got a quick tutorial from a friend and jumped in with both feet not really knowing what I was doing, how I was going to do it and why I wanted to do it. The first few months I encountered a very steep learning curve but I have been picking some things up. And yes, I did go back and begin to read about blogging. I will share more of this a bit later.

This post is to announce a few changes and to share with my readers why I have made them. When I first started this blog I knew I wanted to write and to get into a more regular habit of writing. I also knew that I was at a point in my life that I wanted to look ahead and discern what the next part of my journey would look like. I had some other pieces that I knew were part of this puzzle like cooking, design, fashion and creating but I couldn’t figure out how to blend it all.

I started the blog with the title of Open Doors / Closed Doors because I saw that this was a way of symbolizing my new season–seeing what doors were open to me and which were closed. I suppose it was a perfectly fine name but as I began to rethink things, it didn’t seem quite right–almost a bit negative or inactive and neither of these words describe me. So I changed the title of the blog (and the URL) to Making Lemonade. It seems a more fitting way to describe someone who is optimistic, a creative problem solver and likes to jump on in to things. I hope that you will agree.

I have also changed the design a bit to streamline and focus more on the words and images as these are the things that are most important to me. I’ve added a splash of color because that, again, reflects my personality a bit more. I have more closely focused what I will be writing about. I have copied it below but you will also find it on the “About” page.

I know that the design and focus of my blog will continue to change and grow as I do. Besides I think it’s good to mix things up a bit–and yes, I am the kind of person who moves the furniture around every now and then. So stay tuned, visit often and tell your friends about me!

Thanks for taking the time to read Making Lemonade!


Making Lemonade is a blog that focuses on appreciating the beauty of the people, places and things around me. My goal is to encourage a thankful attitude and thoughtful perspective through writing, creating and inspiration.

I believe that God has a unique plan for my life (and for yours) and I am on a journey to discover the life He has for me and to live into the person He created me to be.

On Making Lemonade I plan to blog weekly on several different things:

  1. I will be adding to my 1000 Gifts List
  2. I will be sharing something that I have been inspired by, created or am passionate about
  3. I will reflect on some aspect of my journey

I hope you will join me on this journey and perhaps even discover the plans He has for you!


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Photo by Chris Willis


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