Comfort Zone

Once You’ve Learned to be Lonely – Reba McEnitre

It occurs to be that my blog is now just over a year old (time flies).  I think the reason that I missed it was because the start of the blog and the “go live” date were months apart, so I’d actually started blogging before anyone could read it. 

There were major bumps in the beginning.  Starting a blog wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be.  I remember being frustrated one day and The Dane asked me if I had it to do all over again, would I go forward with it.  I remember telling him “absolutely not!”  Of course, that was in the middle of the frustration.  Things are much smoother now, so yes, I would do it all over again, even knowing the aggravation.

The other day, The Dane was reading a book.  (His interests run toward biographies, business and what I call system analysis).  He looked up from his book and said, “Who are you?”  Taken aback (my interests run largely toward psychology), I wasn’t sure what to say until he clarified.  “What’s unique about your blog?  Who are you as a blogger?” 

Before I can get to the meat of his question (and I’m sure I won’t this blog), I first started looking inwardly.  My original purpose in blogging was to have a place where other plus-size women could come and find sites and stores that sell plus-size clothing.  As I’m still working on the Letter K, I haven’t completed that task.  I also realized that my blog has gone in new directions and opened up my world much more than expected, which I definitely think is a good thing.

For a while after he asked the question, I took a look at my blog and sort of looked at the outfits that I’ve been presenting and I noticed that there is a distinct trend.  In other words, I have found a comfort zone.   

There are two shops that pop up the most, Old Navy and Cato.  I think there are some good reasons for that.  First, both of these stores are convenient to where I live.  It’s interesting that even with the internet at my fingertips, I still like to go into a brick-and-mortar where I can see, touch and try on the clothes that interest me.  Second, I think I gravitate to these stores because the prices are better for my wallet for the things I like to wear.  Since I wear uniforms to work, I don’t often need a lot of business clothing and I tend to want clothing that’s more casual.  Third, I like the quality of the clothing for the price point.  A few times, I’ve been a little disappointed when something doesn’t last as long as I like, but that’s rare.  Forth, I like that the clothing is either an inexpensive on trend piece or a basic that will last through several seasons.

However, with all that said, I do think that it’s time to break away a little from my comfort zone.  The original purpose of my blog was to show that there are many fantastic places to buy clothing.  So over the course of this next year, I am going to branch out a little (though I know my favorites will still show up) and see what other lovely styles await me.

Until next time, I hope everyone is off to a great start to the week.

Thanks for stopping by!

~PJ

Before I travel forward, I thought I’d show off one more casual dress from Old Navy.

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