A Bright Neighborhood is a blog exploring ways to become more curious, creative, and playful women. It encourages women in the first decade of adulthood, marriage, and motherhood to pursue vulnerable living and be contributors to a positive community outside of their home.
The Tenets of A Bright Neighborhood
1. Develop Creativity:
Exercise the muscles of critical, strategic, and creative thinking. These are my strengths! I find it difficult to stick to one hobby: I design, I write, I read, I sew, I cook, I take photos, I have fun, I create. Creative thinking is also critical thinking–I want to help you be a more conscious consumer and a critical thinker as well!
2. Engage Curiosity:
It’s my goal to learn something new every day. I’ve been called Miss Frizzle on more than one occasion, and that’s a big compliment. Miss Frizzle is a curious and brave woman, diving into worlds unknown. I strongly believe that her mantra “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy” is simple, solid advice for all stages of life.
3. Build Community:
I want to connect with others in a meaningful way. I give myself wholeheartedly to others, and want to break down barriers that divide us, contributing positively to the worlds in which I live and using my influence for good.
4. Encourage Playfulness:
PLAY is one of my favorite words. I say an enthusiastic “YES” whenever I possibly can, both as a parent and as a woman who wants to get every last good drop out of life. There is no sitting on the sidelines here–life is all about jumping in and having fun!
5. Showcase Color:
Life is bright and exciting, and not stark and curated. There is so much life in color and color in life, and I embrace it with both arms wide open.In my wardrobe, I allow myself one or two days a month to wear black–the other 28 days, it’s a colorful and eclectic mess.
Head over to the Bright Neighborhood Instagram, and you’ll see my #50WeeksofColor series, where I explore one color a week for a whole year.
6. Cultivate Vulnerability:
One of the main ways I build community is through practicing vulnerable living. I’m a Brene Brown disciple. Vulnerability means being real with my audience. So let me be clear: if you’re looking for a pretty and perfect lifestyle blog, you have come to the wrong place.
I live a real life. I’m a real woman who sometimes fantasizes about wearing her fuzzy robe out in public, doesn’t always wear makeup, and doesn’t always have the perfect thing to say. I live in a real home in which the furnishings and wardrobe reflect a budget. I have a real family with a couple of kids who wear thrifted clothing and sometimes throw tantrums. I am a wife in a real marriage that is gritty and raw. Nothing here will be perfect. I am not putting on a show.
If you’re here looking for curated blog posts several times a day… I definitely cannot give you that. I work 40 hours a week, manage a home, cater to children, and barely have enough time to take a breath. I’m doing the best I can, and I know you are, too.
7. Help Women:
If I’m not providing value to you in every post, I am not doing my job. It’s my goal that when reading my blog you will laugh, be inspired, be encouraged, think critically, and engage in your humanity. Hopefully it is the sort of place where you feel you can be yourself and find someone with whom you can identify.
So let your guard down, and read on.