You may have noticed things look a little different around here. Probably the most obvious (and most confusing) change is the new title. Big Mario Life is now known as Twentieth Street.
It was time. It's a change I've been contemplating for a while now. My life has changed and evolved and the blog has evolved as well. It was time to acknowledge that with a proper change in title. And with Fall just around the corner -with its colorful leaves and kids back-to-schooling and hope for what lies ahead feeling just as fresh as that chill in the air- what better time of year to welcome such a change?
When I first started this blog, I was still a law student. Studying at that level, competing at that level, pushing and striving at that level takes its toll after a while. I was fully immersed in academia. I felt like I was losing part of who I was only to replace it with who I thought I should be. Like I mentioned in my old About section, my case books had become horcruxes for my splintered soul. I needed a place where I could indulge in all the other things that kept me balanced. The things that kept me feeling like, well, me. That’s how Big Mario Life began and that’s what Big Mario Life continued to be while working in the big firm world.
But things are different now. I'm not a law student anymore and I don't work in the legal field. I work for myself, for my clients. I no longer feel I’m chasing balance. I’m not looking for a distraction from unsatisfying work. I don’t need an escape. I love what I do and the satisfaction of feeling like I’m contributing positively to the world, even if it’s only by documenting the little moments and things we might otherwise miss, is something worth celebrating. The blog is no longer just an outlet or something on the side. It’s grown into so much more than that for me and changing the name is an outward reflection of that growth.
Don’t worry, the Big Mario Life philosophy is still alive and well. In fact, without it I probably wouldn’t have come to this conclusion. But my life -and this blog- is about much more than that and the new name, Twentieth Street, represents all of it so sweetly for me. Twentieth Street is where we have our first little apartment together. We've celebrated our engagement, planned our wedding, added to our fur family, started our businesses, and just overall enjoy the life we've made for ourselves, all here on Twentieth Street.
And just as life changes, the blog changes with it. Just a little, here and there. I’ll still share lots of photos and recipes, Molly and Gia will no doubt demand screen time, and the San Francisco craziness and small business stresses will always be around. But there are a few new things in store as well -wedding planning tips, photography tutorials, and some other ramblings and thoughts that will finally find their home here on Twentieth Street.
I hope you stick around and enjoy the changes! You, my dear readers, have been a big part of the growth and I want to make sure Twentieth Street is an awesome place for all of us. :)