If you are a reader of my old blog (asakemi.com), thank you for going through this transition process with me. If you are asking or ever wondered “why the name change?’, this post is for you!
A few years ago, After multiple attempts, I started my old blog at an interesting intersection in my life. I needed something that would challenge me to step outside my comfort zone. The idea then was to experience life as best as I could and document aspects of it that were appropriate for public consumption. Although I have never considered myself to be a writer, I wanted to write. So I started a blog and wrote my first post introducing my journey to wholeheartedness.
Creating a blog (asakemi.com- for those who are new here) was refreshing. I was committed to a weekly public schedule for the most part. Over the next two years, that blog went through a lot of changes even as I went through a lot of changes. I was blogging about things I enjoyed, particularly natural/organic skincare and lifestyle. It was fun. I would not consider myself a “skincare blogger” but I became known for natural skincare and product photography. I had also reached a point where brands would send me products to try and review and in many cases offer payment. I enjoyed writing about skincare because I truly enjoyed taking care of my own skin. But over time, I could no longer deal with the dissonance of accumulating so many beauty products and wanting to live a simpler and minimal lifestyle (which also called for simplifying my skincare ).
So, I stopped skincare blogging and focused more on the season I was in, which was a season to truly declutter and embrace minimalism.
Now I have grown. I am at a different season in life. I know the woman I am and the life I desire. I wanted a name to truly reflect that. This is a blog and name that is close and dear to my heart. It begs the question of what is in a name. Before I answer that question, I want to acknowledge that I could’ve done a better job communicating the change that was happening on this blog especially to those of you who are subscribed.
With that being said, this is what curated with should means to me:
I want this name to be more than just a name. I want it to be my personal brand and a reflection of the life I live offline.
The dictionary definition of “curate” is “to thoughtfully design and carefully choose”.
For me, Curated with Soul means thoughtfully and mindfully designing my life in a way that magnifies my core Christian beliefs. It is living life with a lot of grace and with my soul in mind.
Our soul is the essence of us. It is the part of us that remains even after the physical body is gone. The soul is imperishable and lasts eternally. Thus, it must take priority above anything else. As a Christian, I believe that there is a final resting place for my soul. So, I must live life with that eternal destination in mind, always.
“What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but lose his soul or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul”- Matt 16:26
To sum it up,
Curated With Soul means:
- Putting my first
- Letting go of everything and anything that hinders the final resting place of our souls (Again, Matt 16:26)
- Embrace simpler living, simplifying the physical in order to magnify the spiritual and eternal
- Thoughtful, mindful, intentional, and slower living no matter where I am located physically. I am currently learning to live slower in a busy metropolitan city.
- Nourishing my body in a way that energizes me to care for my soul. (I am a plant-based eater for this reason)
I want to use this space to encourage you to do the same, no matter where you live and what religion you practice. So consider this your invitation to join this tribe, our community. This space is for anyone hoping to do the same. If you are looking to simplify your life, in order to make space for the things that matter most, this space is for you!