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A Lesson in Procrastination (Plus the New Blog Design!)

January 21, 2015

A Lesson in Procrastination - Sweet and Savoring

I’m a huge procrastinator. It’s probably one of my trademark characteristics. Usually, it doesn’t have that much of an effect in the long run, but sometimes procrastination leads to severe anxiety, or letting someone down, or in today’s case, missing out on a concert that I really would have liked to attend. 

Anyone recognize this lovely woman?

A Lesson in Procrastination - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Ani DiFranco, one of my favorite live musicians ever (I’ve seen her over ten times), is performing in Albany on Friday night. I found out about the concert back in November. And did I purchase a ticket? Of course not! January was ages away! It was something fun to think about and look forward to, but why would I buy the ticket so early? Psh. How silly.

I thought about the concert at random moments in December. I talked about it with friends. Should we go even though the seats will be so far back? La la la, so cool that she’ll be so close, la la la. No ticket buying.

A Lesson in Procrastination - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

And somehow, today rolls around. Three days before the show,  I decide I would love to go, and check out the venue’s website during my extremely slow day at work. SOLD OUT. Had a customer been standing at the counter, I’m sure they would’ve seen my face fall, cartoon-like, and my shoulders slowly slump down to the floor. How could I have waited so long? Why on earth didn’t I buy a ticket when I first read her touring schedule?

So, lesson learned. I miss out on seeing Ani an hour away because I procrastinated. Perhaps I’ll take a field trip over to Northampton, Massachusetts and see her there in March (bonus: meeting Tamara, of course!).

Behold, a shot of a sign from the one time I visited Northampton (pre-blogging):

A Lesson in Procrastination - Sweet and Savoring

Another thing I’ve procrastinated on? My blog redesign! I first thought of redesigning a year ago, and I put it off because it seemed like such a daunting task. Intimidating. Frustrating. Annoying. Too many decisions. Well, it’s all of those things, but the whole process was a lot more painless than I thought it would be (thank you Andy the IT guy!).

What’s different: I got rid of the awful red that I grew to hate. I no longer have a narrow column within which to squeeze in my photos. Now, they’re large and I love it! I changed my fonts, got personalized social media buttons, and put more things in the footer as opposed to on the sidebar, where they can distract the reader from the content. We created a few categories to access in the header, so you can click ‘Mental Health’ for example, and find all of my depression and anxiety posts, in an easy to navigate grid format.

The old look:


The new Sweet and Savoring:


Most of all, I love the new theme, Hemlock. It’s more minimalist and completely responsive. Plus, the clean design puts the text and photos front and center where they belong.

We’ve still got some tweaks to make, of course. Andy is taking care of all the technical stuff like coding, and I’m engaged in my hobby of procrastination when it comes to redoing the About page. But the major work is done! And I’m so happy to share it with all of you.

Thank you, and see you all back here on Friday for a long-awaited Gratitude post!

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  • StR January 21, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I was gonna leave a comment, but decided to put if off for another day.

    • Christy January 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks Dad, guess I know where I got it from 😉

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

    The blog looks lovely! Congrats! A new design is always a good feeling!
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    • Christy January 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! It is definitely a nice feeling.

  • Carolann January 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Blog looks awesome! Love the design elements! I procrastinate too, but only things I hate doing like going to the doctors! lol Have a great productive week!
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    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you! And yep, I procrastinate when it comes to making appointments, too. Thanks for encouraging me to be productive this week! 🙂

  • P.J. January 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I am the same way. I am going out of town this weekend and was going to add something to my itinerary … but kept putting it off and now it’s sold out. Live and learn. Thankfully, it was only a secondary thing!

    Love the new look of your blog. Very welcoming. And I like the colors. Nicely done!
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    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Oh man, that stinks! But I wish I was going out of town this weekend, too. Soon!

  • Kristen @ 31 Million Seconds January 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I really love the new look! Especially your header! I think a chance to see your favorite musician AND Tamara is the perfect excuse to take a trip to Northampton.
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    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks, it seemed like it took us forever to decided on the size/font/colors…ay yi yi.

  • AwesomelyOZ January 21, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I LOVE the new design and layout – it’s very clean and pleasing on the eyes. It always helps you feel more motivated about blogging with a new design. 🙂 I also missed a show but it was more my boyfriends fault for waiting – I don’t procrastinate about certain things; I feel my anxiety holds me back – it’s usually a conscious act that I try to overcome but am not able to. Anyways, he took too long and the tix sold out – hopefully they’ll be around sometime this year.. On the look out 🙂 Haven’t been to a concert in a minute! Enjoy the new design and have a great one Christy! -Iva
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    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Glad it’s eye-pleasing to you, that was important to me. It’s been forever since I’ve been to a concert too. Sometimes I look back nine, ten years and I marvel at often I would go out and buy tickets and go on spontaneous road trips, etc. And now I feel so boring! Ha.

  • Kelly January 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Love, love, love the new design…so clean and green…very organic. We love NoHo too…let’s connect next time you’re in the area. We’re about an hour and change away, but we go fairly often. Congratulations to you both on the redesign; it’s a winner, for sure.
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    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Yes, clean and green, I like that! And it would be fun to connect! (Though of course, I would be a bit anxious beforehand, but I’m sure it would pass quickly!)
      Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  • Life Breath Present January 22, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Your new design looks great, Christy! I like the openness and the focus on the photos, for sure! Congrats on this new healthy look 🙂

    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Yay, thank you! I love not needing to make the pictures so small.

  • Sue January 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Looking good from here! Love everything, the layout, the colors, the bigger photos…well done, sis.

    Where’s Ani playing?

    • Christy January 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      She’s going to be at The Egg 🙁 I started wondering if I could find someone who was looking to sell their ticket, but tomorrow I start baby-sitting 8:15 to 6:15 (instead of Wednesday 9-12, 2-5), so it’s out anyway.

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Loooooove the new blog design!!! It looks awesome! 🙂

    • Christy January 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks, Liz! So happy with it!

  • Tamara January 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Heh, I procrastinated this comment! Just kidding. I’m only late because I’m in Florida but I like catching up.
    And sorry you missed the concert, but. YES to Northampton!! Yes, yes, yes!
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  • Rea January 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I love, love, love your new blog design! True enough, your wonderful writing and amazing photos should be in the front and center of your blog. I am also actually looking into this kind of blog theme. But yes, too many decisions involved like you said. LOL. When I procrastinate, I just think that I work best under pressure. Not true all the time though, boo. Geez.

  • Gracielle January 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I love the simplicity of the blog design! It’s very refreshing 🙂

    • Christy January 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Gracielle, that’s what I was going for! Appreciate the feedback 🙂

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