Honest Stories • July 24, 2017

Welcome to KiaSalter.com

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This past year has been one of heartbreak, rediscovery, and growth for me. And that journey has led me to this moment. I’m excited to introduce to you my new namesake brand, KiaSalter.com.

Let me explain how I got here.

For the past two years, I found myself not connecting with my blog. I knew I wanted to continue blogging, but what I wanted to write about began to shift. I no longer wanted to focus on pretty things or how perfect life was. Sure, I love pretty things like anyone else but life isn’t always pretty or perfect. There has to be a balance. So I decided to make a change and only create compelling, as well as inspiring, content for my readers. I wanted to create a space where it was safe for people to have honest conversations about life and culture. And I also wanted to continue to share my 18 year web experience with other creatives. So I jotted down my ideas until I had half of a workable plan.

Everything was coming together until I suffered a loss of someone I loved. Which caused me to push my grand idea to the side to heal.

My healing process was brutal. I wanted to rush it along so I wouldn’t have to feel so much pain. But my family wouldn’t allow me to. And during that process, something beautiful happened. I rediscovered me. It was like someone hit the reset button and allowed me to see things clearer and learn from all my mistakes. Mistakes I never knew would be beneficial to my life or this rebranding process.

I remember hearing Rev. T.D. Jakes say one morning, “Nothing that you been through will be wasted.” At the time I didn’t know what he meant. But now I do. Mistakes I thought were failures, and sad moments I thought I’d never recover from, put me on a path that shaped my life.

So I decided to try again. I took out my idea pad and read all the ideas I wrote down months before. And something clicked. I saw things a bit clearer then I did before. Which led me to asking myself a series of questions before moving forward. Like, “Why didn’t my last blog vision work? What was I now passionate about? Would my passion translate into helping others? Those questions may appear to be easy, but they’re not. If you plan on becoming a successful blogger, you have to ask yourself the tough questions to get to your true why. And for the first time I did.

I put away the “idea” of what a lifestyle blogger is and designed what a lifestyle blogger should be. I wrote down what I wanted to see in a lifestyle blog and how I thought it should look and function.

 

 

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While working on my why, I realized I needed to find someone to develop the blog design I created. Sure I could develop it myself, but focusing on both tasks would not yield me the results I wanted for this brand. So I found a great designer I trusted and gave them a year to complete my vision. Which ended up being the best decision I ever made. Now with that completed, I had time to focus all my energy on my why.

Which is exactly what I did. I allowed my why to guide me to my manifesto. And my manifesto to guide me to creating thought-provoking and inspiring content. I couldn’t wait to share amazing stories. Feature stunning interiors to help you design the space around you. And have honest conversations that would help you create the life you wanted. And for good measure I also threw in a bit of culture to round everything out. I found myself more passionate and excited about what was to come.

But the excitement didn’t stop there. A year later, the new blog design was finally completed and was ready for the big reveal. Here’s a brief synopsis of what you’ll see.

Readers can now find anything they’re looking for without having to search for it. I also placed more editorials on one page to end the “dreaded scroll” issue. Signing up to my newsletter is now only one click away. You can also find the latest editorials when accessing the menu. And no more figuring out the dates to editorials you love. Because searching our archives has never been easier and more simplified. I’m also excited about the new things I have coming up later on this year … like the grand opening of my new online shop next month.

I didn’t intend for this to be a long post, but I wanted to share my journey with you and explain how I got here. My goal was to create a brand that would help you design your own life, like I did. I wanted to inspire you to be yourself because you’re beautiful just the way you are. I wanted to empower you to believe in your God given talent and create the life you want. And to remind you to design everything else around you to keep you motivated and inspired.

So look around and enjoy my new brand and website. But remember, this is a new site. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something isn’t working properly. Oh, I almost forgot. I wrote two months of new content before launching this brand. So make sure to take a good look around. And as always, thank you for supporting me and my new brand.

 

 

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  • Thanks for sharing your emotional journey. Sometimes we need to go down to go up which I can see here. So sorry for your loss but glad that you have found clarity.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Kathrine :). I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this. I wanted to have an honest conversation with you guys about how I got here. Thank you for your condolences but you’re right, sometimes loss can bring you clarity and for me it did. I hope you have an amazing week :).

  • Kia, you’re back! It’s so good to hear from you again. I love your bravery to rebrand – you’re inspiring!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • Quinn!!! I’m so happy to see you’re still blogging and doing well girl. And thank you so much for the compliment. Thank you so much for visiting girl. By the way, you have to let me know what you brought at TJ Maxx ;).

  • The site looks beautiful Kia! Happy to have you back sharing with all of us. xoxo

    • Thank you so much Kwame :). I’ve been working on this for a entire year and I did so to make a great site for you guys. So I really am happy you enjoy it so far. We definitely have to chat and catch up soon. xoxo

  • Congrats on the new and beautiful design! I hope you find what you’re looking for on your new blog journey 🙂

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Thank you so much Yasmin :). I’m so happy you enjoyed the new blog design and I hope you also will love the brand new content I have coming up. I hope you have such an amazing week.

  • I love the new site and what you’re planning on sharing with your future content, it sounds very real and down to earth, which I know so many will value and appreciate; I know I will. I’m sorry to learn of your loss. I’m glad you took the time to truly heal and find yourself in the process, sometimes beauty does come out of the ashes. T.D. Jakes always has words of wisdom, I have his bible Woman Thou Art Loosed and I love his tidbits he adds 🙂 Thanks for sharing, girl, and I look forward to what’s to come!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Thank you so much Jalisa :). My goal with this brand was to inspire and tell great stories to spark honest conversation. My loss helped guide me to reshaping this brand and it has been a journey that has changed me for the better. And girl, I love that book! I was just thinking of re-reading it actually. I’m just happy you enjoy the new site and I hope you enjoy the new stuff that’s coming up. Enjoy your week girl :).

  • Jamala Kim Wallace

    Kia, darling, It’s wonderful to have you back. My condolences to you and I truly understood the hiatus your mind, body and soul needed. Just know you were in my thoughts. I look forward to the new exciting direction in which you’re taking your blog and I can’t be more pleased to follow along. I’m wishing you all the best… Now I’ve plenty of reading to catch up on from you 🙂 Ciao!!

    • Jamala, I’m glad to be back girl :). I really did need the hiatus, but that break really shaped the new site and helped me grow. I can’t wait for you to see the new direction and you must tell me what you think of it. You know I honor your opinion. And since you’re looking around, let me know what you think of the site and some of the new content so far. Love to see ya girl as always :).

  • First of all, I would like to say that I’m sorry about your loss. This is never easy, as it has happened to me twice in recent years as well. But there is one point I can agree with you – there is no experience that is a waste because everything that happens is a learning experience! I do feel like blogging should reflect the experiences of that blogger, so I’m excited to see what kind of content you will share with us 🙂 Anyways, nice to meet you!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  • Kia,
    You are back! Hello again my sweet friend! I love your new look and new perspective on blogging and life. I’ve been praying for you and I’m so glad to see you’re back to share your life with us. Also LOVE the photo of you on the about page — so beautiful! xoxo