If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. – Gail Sheehy
I love the third week of November. It always contains my favorite day: Thanksgiving. I love a dining room full of everyone I love, together. This week also has my birthday, which, this year, I am celebrating with a goal I have long worked to implement: a website name change.
Gratitude and the Story of This Website Name Change
My website began in 2005, and the former website + blog began as it was in 2008. Those days were pioneer days in the website world, and I’ve tried to evolve with it. Since my whole world changed a few years ago when I became a single mom, I had kept the last name I thought I would have forever as part of my website name. But that name does not describe me as an artist, writer, or creative soul. This year seemed like the right year to drop that last name from my creative work.
In 2006, when I bought my first canvas and set of oil paints and brushes, I began signing my paintings with Jennifer Lyn. Almost all of those early paintings are non-existent now, or reside in high shelves inside closets. :) But I still sign my paintings (that I like much more now that I’ve painted a few hundred) with Jennifer Lyn. I don’t really have a reason for it, except that is my given name. Jennifer Lyn is mine. And so, all considered, I have migrated and redirected my former website to https://jennifer-lyn.com.
So this is my place now, Jennifer-Lyn.com. I hope you still continue to join me here. And over the coming weeks, I am opening a small store here of products made with my photography and art. I look forward to this, as it’s a dream, too.
Change is never easy. This website domain and site hosting change has taken hours and hours and days to pull off. The site and links are not yet perfect, but they’re getting there. The only way I know to make a change is to prepare, work hard, and take the leap.
I like to think of this change as a new beginning.
This Thanksgiving week, as we say thank you to those who live life with us and make our lives profoundly better, we can also begin anew. That beginning starts by saying thank you, gratitude to the one who has given us so much and life itself, and moving in the direction of positive change that brings us closer to our dreams.