Hi, friends! I’ve been reworking some things behind the scenes of Rebecca Lately. You probably won’t notice much, but I’ve simplified the categories of posts so the topics here are more streamlined. After over 8 years of blogging here, I’ve run the gamut of content from fashion to lifestyle and everything in between. It feels like the right time to consolidate the topics here into my main interests.
I also want to take this time to re-introduce you all to me, because this year has been transformative to say the very least. 2020 will be a landmark year for a lot of people. It feels like the whole world has changed. I think a lot of the changes are for the better, and for that I’m grateful.
Personally, I feel more grounded in my purpose and life. Although my full-time job has not stopped during all of this, I transitioned from working in the office to working at home while we were on lock down. Our three kids did online school for the rest of the school year. Since my husband’s office did not completely shut down, I was at home with the kids while he was at his office. My office is on a 50/50 schedule where I’m in the office half the time and working at home the other half. I have so many thoughts and feelings about this time, and all thoughts feelings circle back to feeling more calm.
I am an introvert, so this time at home has felt restorative to me. Of course, it feels so good to see family and friends when we are able! We are all staying connected more online, and I’ve never felt more grateful for technology. Can you imagine going through a pandemic without the technology that allows to connect with each other, order food to be delivered or picked up, or simply stay connected on social media?
Social media had a huge part in the social justice movement as well. Without social media this year, I don’t think the movement after George Floyd’s, Breonna Taylor’s and Ahmaud Arberty’s deaths would have been as strong. I also want to use this introduction to say that I stand with the black lives matter movement. We have seen rhetoric back and forth about ‘all lives matter’ vs ‘black lives matter.’ So, I also want to say that I do believe that all lives matter, but it is not the appropriate response to the black lives matter. If all lives matter, which they do, then black lives matter. And no one should have a problem with saying that.
Going forward, I plan to highlight and share BIPOC brands and companies as they pertain to my content. That means fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. During the week after Memorial Day, I placed a number of orders through companies about which I just learned. It has been exciting to discovery new-to-me brands that I would have never known about before this movement. I will also highlight other BIPOC influencers, including authors, that I enjoy. And somewhat related, I will also be sharing more of my knitting hobby here. Throughout all the sharing on Instagram, I have discovered so many yarn and fiber small businesses that I love!
This list is not exhaustive, and I want to admit that I should have done this a long time ago. Since the online movement within the knitting community in January 2019, I have learned and unlearned a lot. To be honest, I learned a lot because I listened a lot. If you’re feeling frustrated, confused, or overwhelmed about this movement, that is normal. It takes a lot of emotional work to unlearn biases that you didn’t realize you had.
Thank you for taking the time to read my re-introduction. This is going to be a very positive change for Rebecca Lately, and I hope you’ll be sticking around!