This is me! The Mama behind BOLD Turquoise~
My name is MacKenzie and this is where I write about being bold and gracious- about being real with motherhood and life.
So you want to know a little bit more about me and my little web-space here, hmmm? Well, (at this point) I am wife to BOLD Husband (he used to be known as The Carpenter here on the blog, but since he wants to start a new business in bio-fuel and I don’t feel like changing his name to “Guy Who Turns French Fry Oil Into Diesel” I’ve decided to refer to him as BOLD Husband- in real life I call him Jer which is short for Jeremiah) and mom to Roman (7), Judah (4) and Emmerson (1).
BOLD Husband and I are both passionate people with strong personalities and ideals and tend to make bold decisions for our family and our life. We are Christians who own our own carpentry business, homeschool, homebirth (I should probably say “I” for that one!), cloth diaper, co-sleep, breastfeed a little longer than average (I should probably say “I” for that one too!) and we aren’t exactly shy about any of it! The trick for us both has been learning how to be gracious with all of our choices and beliefs- maintaining our love and kindness for people (especially each other) while sharing and standing by what we believe. We are a work in progress and are constantly humbled by God working in our lives.
Just to make our lives a little more interesting we decided to move our family to a 12 acre farm in the spring of 2012 and have been in the process of renovating our 1895 farm house since then. Life in the country has been quite the adventure so far for this very suburban gal, but it is worth the sacrifice and the learning curve to see the ways my family has flourished and grown.
Our life is full and incredibly busy but in those small moments that I am able to carve out for myself- I write. While mostly I blog, I also dabble in working on my first novel (I truly aspire to be a published author of both fiction and nonfiction) and throwing about ebook ideas. Beyond that I enjoy a variety of crafty outlets such as knitting/crochet and making things to decorate my home, but mostly (since my time is limited), I write. I also may have a slight obsession with Pinterest, just sayin’!
Oh, and well, I just might have grown up as big fish in a small city’s theatre and film community with a brother born with spinabifida, a mom who seemed to do it all, I dad who worked hard, insane hours, and the most doting grandmother and great-grandmother on the planet! And maybe I graduated highschool a year early, headed off to college in another state at 17, got married at 19 and had my first baby at almost 22. But… I’m sure you’ll hear more about all that in the months and years to come! For now, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about my blog.
The story behind BOLD Turquoise~
BOLD turquoise is newer to the blogging world (started in March of 2011), but I am not. You may recognize me from The Mama Kenz Studio, where I blogged for three and a half years, or from The World According to Them, my old family and homeschool blog.
For some time I loathed my primary blog’s name, The Mama Kenz Studio. I created it when I was still very new to blogging and just couldn’t come up with anything better, so I went with it. As time wore on and I began to build a small readership I became very hesitant to stray from my name but continued to dislike not only it but where my blog was headed as well. It all felt so surface. Blog reviews and giveaways seemed to be what drew people in and while I love free stuff, that just wasn’t the heart of blogging for me. I got burnt out and frustrated, writing less and less.
Then one day it really hit me- if The Mama Kenz Studio wasn’t where the Lord wanted me, if it wasn’t the way He wanted me to blog, then my meager following would stay meager, my blog would continue to be a drain rather than a joy, and I would never reach my full blogging impact or potential.
I decided to break ties.
Not an easy decision I tell you, but one that couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just come to grips with the fact that I had been suffering from prolonged postpartum depression for the previous 19 months and was faced with the jarring reality that I needed to focus more on my family than myself. I stripped my blog to the barest, only most required posts and waited. And waited. I toyed with names and blogging ideas. I read other blogs and absorbed. I tossed my potential names at my mother and husband. Then I waited some more.
In the mean time I kept plenty busy as the creator and organizer of mom’s blogging program for a small magazine, planning for our next year of homeschooling and trying to regain my grip on life. Then one day, as I sat and worked on my computer, it hit me- BOLD Turquoise! It was perfect! It gave me the room I wanted to be the kind of blogger I wanted to be without rigidly defined lines, but also said a lot about who I am and the life I am living. I am a rather bold person with bold convictions, opinions and ideas, living in an equally bold family. At the time I was living in a house full of men, so as far as I was concerned, turquoise was the girliest shade of blue- if I was going to be surrounded by blue I might as well do it with a shade I love!
As BOLD Turquoise has grown and expanded over the past two years I have honed my blog’s focus to the things my life is most filled with- mothering, homeschooling and homemaking, and while they are broad topics you’ll hear about all of them from my vantage point right here in this little old space. I hope to bring humor, encouragement and a touch of information to all of our busy lives. I want to help you all live boldly and graciously as I navigate those waters myself!
For now, though, all I really want to tell you is~
Welcome, to BOLD Turquoise!