Guys, I need some input/feedback.
I’ve been in crisis for the past month or so going back and forth and asking just about any poor soul who I encounter what they think. And then I thought, hey, why don’t I just ask my blog readers?
Here’s the issue: I don’t relate to The Pink Shoelaces anymore. It’s a great brand story, it’s heartwarming, it peaks interest, it is unique, but the first time I used The Pink Shoelaces, I was like 18. If you are familiar with the story, you’ll know Pink Shoelaces was a nickname given to me by a resident in the nursing home when I was in high school. You can read the story here: The Story of The Pink Shoelaces
But a lot has changed since then. A lot of life has happened, I’m a mom, I’m a daughter who lost her father to lung cancer, I’m a nurse, I’m an entrepreneur, I’m a small business owner, I’m a farmer’s wife, I’m so many things and I feel like “The Pink Shoelaces” doesn’t define who I am anymore.
I started this blog as a nursing blog actually. But then I found out my nursing content was the least viewed out of all my posts. I found that I really enjoyed writing about day to day events in the Friedman Fam. I found it was harder and harder to write only about nursing, especially when there was some side eye/talk at work.
Then COVID happened and my whole life changed. Nursing just became a job instead of an identity. My work-aholic self was finally forced to slow down, look in the mirror and reprioritize my entire life. Rest and health became a priority. My family became my priority. It was a wake up call I so desperately needed.
So when I started this blog, I still wasn’t sure who I was. I identified first as a nurse and the rest came after. A nursing title such as The Pink Shoelaces was fitting for the 24 year old Kalissa who worked 60 hour work weeks. But I don’t identify with her anymore.
Not to mention, I hate being forced to use the color pink.
So where do I go from here? Am I Kalissa Georgia? Am I the Friedman Fam? Am I a Midwest Mama? Am I Candidly Kalissa? Who am I? What title will reflect my priorities and my focus? What can apply to both my business and my blog?
So before I launch into any of my ideas, I just want you to digest that and feel free to either email me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. I’d love to know what kind of “vibes” or “feels” you get from my blog and my content. What really stands out to you? What do you love? What do you wish would change?
Second of all, I do have one idea that has stuck the longest: Kramer Girl.
So you know how everybody dies famous in a small town? Well, I’ll go down in history as that Kramer girl. Kramer is my maiden name and no matter where I go, I still carry that piece of me around.
When I was in high school, I wanted to be FAMOUS – I actually recorded my own album in my living room. Everywhere I wrote my name “Kalissa Georgia.” (Georgia is my middle name) Kalissa Georgia was going to be my stage name until my Dad caught wind of it. “If you’re going to be famous and live under my roof, you WILL use your REAL last name!” Dad was very proud of the Kramer name and as he was the only son of 5 girls, it was very important that the name get passed down.
We were the only Kramers in the school district as both of my parents moved here from out of state. I was “the youngest Kramer kid” for years.
The Kramer name is a huge part of who I am. When I think of what it means to be a Kramer, I think of hard work. I think of doing what is right. I think of family. I think of my Dad. I think of how I strongly identify as my father’s daughter and how proud that makes me. I saw a quote that once said “When I am at my best, I am my father’s daughter” and it makes me so proud to be a Kramer girl.
So there you have it, leave any and all feedback, if you love it, hate it, whatever comes to mind. Be totally honest, I’m giving you permission.
Anywho, I look forward to reading your responses!!!