A New Look

Coffee Shop Style Colorado Springs with Kalyee Sorrells Photography

Surprise! I’m being spontaneous. At least that’s what I am calling my accidental blog migration. I thought I was playing it safe (and planing ahead), when it turn I was actually changing everything about my blog. After a Monday that left me crying more than once, a million emails to support, and a thrown together “maintenance page” while I rushed to make as many of the links work as possible, I’m still alive and Oak + Oats has a new look.

I’m just laughing over here because that is what would happen. This summer has been teaching me more and more about grace, grace, grace over perfection and the Lord keeps finding ways to remind me of it! I have perfect plans to launch a perfect site (in two more weeks) and then without realizing it, I’m in the mess of it all and dishing out grace. I’ve been reading a wonderfully encouraging & inspiring book called Penduka and the chapter I read this busy, messy week was all about growing roots. It is so easy and tempting to desire & long for the big branches filled with gorgeous fruit but if there are no roots none of it will last through the storm or through the winter. We look to our left & our right and see so many trees around us, growing tall & brimming with fruit. We don’t know the roots system they have – we don’t know how long it took them to grow underground, we don’t see the hours put in behind the scenes to get them to where they are today. Some seasons are for growing big branches and sprouting fruit and other seasons are for digging deep & working faithfully underground. Oh! I feel like I am in that second season. I’m working on the slower things – reevaluating, rediscovering, and trying a billion new things. It’s messy and it is far from perfect but it is the season I am in and I am learning to embrace that.

Sometimes it is funny to now be a business owner. I feel like when I sit down at my computer to share with you I need to have it all figured out. That my launches should be smooth, that my schedule should be consistent, and my brand filtered through the eyes of a team of professionals. I feel like to have your respect or for people to think I have a legit job I need to be polished, elegant, and perfect. It is hard to not let those fears, projections, and lies get me down. I’m real, I’m human, and I don’t operate perfectly.

I threw up this instagram this week because I just needed to get it all out and also laugh it off! SO many of you resonated with the words I said. So many of you said “me too!” How beautiful & encouraging is it when we give ourselves grace. We grant others to do the same and it is freeing. None of us are perfect (YAY) and we don’t have to be!

Whew! So now after a messy week, I want to welcome you to Oak + Oats! There is still a lot of the same with a whole lot of newness! I moved over to Showit5 so that I could have more flexibility with the way things looked & felt. I could add pages and elements on my own instead of hiring a designer to do each change for me. There are some big dreams in store and I felt like moving over would give me the flexibility to build, move, and make room for those things.

So here is to big dreams, slow steps, grace, grace, and more grace!

PS: How fun are these photos that Kalyee Sorrells Photography! It was so fun to partner with her on some new brand photos!

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Author: Oak & Oats

  • I recently started over with a new website (www.ataylorstudio.com) and it is SO fun to start from scratch but I am a little nervous about the little things, I hope it is easy for people to find what they are looking for 🙂 you obviously did a tremendous job so Go you!!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY for you! I’ll have to go check it out!! Also, thank you! You are way too sweet!

  • Jae

    Woohoo! Finally, the mobile version works fine, too! I did send you a private message on Twitter and Instagram to flag you about it, but I’m not sure if you got them.

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! I replied on insta! I never check twitter DMs! hahah

  • Oh I love it! Sometimes spontaneity and a change is needed!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! And I think I will still keep playing but it is fun to have this all together!

  • Love the new design! These pictures are super cute too! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much!

  • I’m loving the new site and set up! I changed my site three times in one year. I think I’m finally where I want to be for the moment. However, I know I will eventually hire a designer.

  • Oak & Oats

    YAY! Oh girl! I get that! I feel like it is a never ending process 😉 hahah!

  • Congratulations, Elizabeth! I love your new look. And if you decide to change it down the line I’m sure I’ll love it then too! xo

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks Julie! You are always so sweet and encouraging!

  • Way to go! So I’m guessing showit5 isn’t another WordPress thing…you should write a post about it!! 🙂 I love how you turned a blog change into something g deeper–which I feel like you’ve done before and which you do so well!!

    • Oak & Oats

      Okay! Great idea! It is like sqarespace but connects to your word press. It is kinda crazy but I like it! haha. I should write a post on it! And thanks so much! I wan’t room to move and add so this switch was huge but I am liking it!

  • I love your new look! You have a great intuition. So, even through the madness and stress look what you accomplished. Happy Blogging!


    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! You are really so sweet and encouraging!!

  • Spontaneous isn’t always a bad thing, but I totally understand what it’s like to get ahead of myself. I really like your new site, and being able to make changes yourself in the future will be awesome for you. It’s nice to not have to wait on someone else to get something done sometimes. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! I am really excited about that part!

  • These photos are adorable!!! I’m convinced that photography and coffee are what make the world go ’round. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! I so agree!

  • You handled your transition like a rock star! Even though it was tough, you made it happen. 🙂 Also, love those pictures of you! I need photographers to take my picture, haha!

    • Oak & Oats

      Oh girl! Thanks so much! You are the best. Also, I know! It is so fun working with other photographers!

  • Katie

    The new site looks great!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank so soooooo much!!!

  • Very nice! Love it!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much!