Just Bloom

When I renamed my blog from City Girl Finding Her Place in the World (super short, I know...) to Love, Mrs. L, I wasn't very content. I thought of Love, Mrs. L as a placeholder rather than a long-lasting blog name and it did not sit well with me. Maybe that's why I stopped writing as often--I'd lost direction. I went back to the drawing board. I started brainstorming new blog names but I was reaching dead end after dead end. That's when I decided to search for a floral blog design (because I love flowers--they're my love language)

When I found this design, I kept looking just to see what else was out there but I kept coming back to it. Nearly two weeks later, I finally bit the bullet and made the purchase. I pondered keeping the blog name as Love, Mrs. L. After all, I was happier with the design so that was an improvement. I decided to keep brainstorming, though. While brainstorming I remembered I had a queued latergram photo of sunflowers to be posted with the following quote, a favorite of mine:

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms." - Author Unknown

The quote resonates with me on many levels and for many reasons. As a professional, I've realized that in doing my best work, I can exceed my own expectations without having the added pressures of competition and comparison. 

As a wife, I try to remember that my life with my husband is wonderful just as it is. Whatever tough times we might face are dealt with together and so, the "bad" times aren't really all that bad and the good times are that much better. 

As a new mom, I am quickly learning that each of us has our own parenting methods and styles. After all, our children are each unique and have different wants and needs. Being the best mom to Baby L means doing things my and our way, not anyone else's. 

I especially liked the last portion of the quote: "just blooms." It is easy to get caught up in the lives of others. Who is prettier, skinnier, wealthier? It could go on and on. In my opinion, this does more harm than good, though. In doing so, we lose sight of who we really are, what we truly enjoy and what we are capable of. 

...And so, Just Bloom was born.