A Letter From LADYI : Summer Reflections and Fall Connections

Dear Ladies and Gents,

Welcome to my re-launch. I am super excited that you’re here to support little ole’ me. Some of you have been with me since 2012, when I first started my blog. That’s when I had two blogs, AKAMISSI.com and LADYIWRITES.com. I made plenty of mistakes and always seemed to make changes. I often changed my blog themes, graphics, my about page, etcetera. At some point I asked you guys to pick which about page you preferred. Amateur, at its finest. 

Yeah, I was all over the place. And when you’re not sure of what you want, it shows. So this summer I decided to take a break from it all. I had no idea what I was going to do next. I just knew I was frustrated. Writing became more of a chore than something I loved. Eventually I began to keep a journal, which helped me get my creative juices flowing again. I was slowly falling back in love with writing. So I decided to invest in some classes and a blog conference, to see what direction I wanted to take my writing career.

The Words That Move class by GG from AllTHEMANYLAYERS.com inspired me to write everyday. Click To Tweet

I came across a class called, “The Words That Move” with GG from AllTheManyLayers.com. Something about the name that got my attention. I felt uninspired many days. I figured a course that speaks about moving words may be just the thing I needed. I was right. We did weekly writing exercises. We shared our work and our deepest fears as writers in a private community. The class inspired me not only to write everyday but to call myself a writer again. 

I also took “Zero to Blog,” by Regina of Byregina.com. The in depth class will make you think of your blog as more than an outlet for your personal musings. By the time you complete the course you would have done things like google antalics and a business plan. It was a serious class, worth the investment. It help me tremendously with my relaunch.

Zero to Blog by Regina will make you think of your blog as more than an outlet for your personal musings. Click To Tweet

Finally, I went to BLOGHER15.  I found myself quiet and reserved in a room full of bloggers, creatives, and influential people. The first day was overwhelming to say the least. By the third day I was reminded, everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. Even when someone looks like they have their story together, you’ll find that they’re learning just like you.  

This summer I learned how to embrace who I am as a writer. It’s okay to make mistakes. And, success comes after persistence. I hope my new found zeal and determination is inspiration for you. Let’s stay connected as creatives doing what we love.

So, how did you spend your summer? Did you do something that inspires your creative side? I would love to hear about it.


Until Next Time,
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes until you make your mark.
Iris Kirkland, Ladyi
  • Daphne Charles-Brown

    I usually take the summer to work on being a better mom. It’s so scary to think I make mistakes as a mom but as long as they know they loved, wanted, needed, and I’m always there for them my mistakes can’t be that horrible. Keep writing! Love you girl

    • I am glad you get to use your summer to love your family. Again thank you for your support, love you too.

  • Shuba- Ilea

    I love this! I also found my way back to writing because of the words that move course and I’m still working through the self guided zero to blog. I’m writing a post for my blog that’s really similar to yours and I really enjoyed your perspective on these amazing resources 🙂

    • Shuba-llea, thank you for visiting. Wasn’t those classes everything. To tell you the truth I am still working through the zero to blog too. And I can go back through a lot of the Words that Move. But both of them helped me a lot in relaunching. I can’t wait to read your post and check out your blog. Stay in touch.