I’ve had A LOT on my mind lately. I’ve been processing A LOT of feelings lately. I’ve attempted to film A LOT of videos in an attempt to share and connect with you as I always do. I have reminded myself to shut up, learn and unlearn A LOT. So, I decide to write it all down, get it out and then leave this space alone until it becomes the diverse, inclusive, truly raw and honest space that I dream for it to be.
I haven’t been the most diligent blogger. I’ve excused that by justifying it by a lack of time for writing/posting. The true reason? Well, there’s two parts. One I’ve known of for a while but never took action to address and one that I’ve only just discovered myself.
Truth #1: I simply don’t harness all the goodness that you deserve to find here and that I want you to know you will find here.
I know some things and I’m still learning some things. I’m great at some things and I’m mediocre at best at some things. I’ve known that forever and I’ve tried to be very transparent about that forever but I want to take action that will I believe will improve your experience here. I want this blog to be a reliable resource. I want it to be an inspirational and educational resource. This blog will no longer center strictly around me because it’s always been about YOU! My passion for content creation started as an outlet for my feelings and findings and very quickly became about being of service to others by providing information they may seek and sharing experiences they may relate to. I don’t personally have all of the information or all of the experiences… duh! So I’m opening this blog up to other contributing creators in hopes of forming a collective space that can provide you with much greater value as a reader. If you feel like you could be one of those creators and are interested in contributing, please e-mail me ASAP!
Truth #2: I’ve let fear of “putting off” readers and brand partners hold me back from being open, honest and consistent.
I get commended frequently by my audience and brand partners for my “honest” and “real” approach to content creation. While I appreciate that whole-heartedly, I also have a bit of imposter syndrome around that notion because in actual fact, I’m very cautious and intentional about what I share. Not just for the protection and privacy of my family but also because I’m conscientious about not losing audience members and brand partners that my family relies on to eat. As an actor who spent many years learning how to manage the public’s perception of oneself and the importance of a projected image, that’s something I’m only now starting to unpack and unlearn. Hiding parts of myself because society may deem it unmarketable to the masses doesn’t make me happy and as a 30-something year old mother, it’s time I prioritize that. For my sake, for my husband’s and above all else, for my daughter’s. If you’re a fan of mine because I’m “honest” and “real”, then you deserve better. I want and am ready to do better.
This blog has fast become a hub for parenting content because when I became a mom, my world got a whole lot bigger and suddenly centered around one tiny focal point… my kid. Recently, when I was thinking of other parenting hubs and content creators I’d like to collaborate with, I couldn’t think of many. Because a lot of those platforms package everything with a pretty little bow and well, that ain’t real life. I mean, maybe it is for some but certainly not this girl. My journey is messy, imperfect and full of curse words but I have an immaculate, beautiful home, I can cook and bang out a burpee like a boss and though you’ll often find me in a mom bun and baggy old band tee, I can slay a lewk pretty darn well, if I do say so myself. Most importantly and above all else, my family is happy and we overcome every challenge we face (and trust me, there are many) as a team. Yet, I repeat… my journey is messy, imperfect and full of curse words. And if you’re a fan of my content, yours probably is, too! I want this blog to be a reflection of all that. I want it to be a space that inspires you and educates you with content that provides great results but I also want it to be unabashedly, unapologetically honest about the process of getting there.
If that’s sounds exciting to you and something you’ve been seeking or actively trying to create and you are a content creator… PLEASE E-MAIL ME!!!
This is still going to be a lifestyle, beauty and mommy blog. I promise I won’t discriminate against anyone for making different choices or having different beliefs than me and I absolutely will not push my choices or beliefs on anyone else. But I’m also committed to not shying away from honestly and unapologetically sharing my own. This is not a political platform. We will not aim or claim to be activists or experts, unless someone contributing truly is, BUT I want to and feel I need to speak up, stand up and share openly who I am and what I believe in. Maybe that will make you unfollow me or dislike me, maybe it will stop some brands from wanting to work with me. That’s a burden I am prepared to bear in exchange for the burden of not feeling comfortable owning the compliments I often receive because in my heart, I know I’m not truly being “honest” and “real” for all the wrong reasons. I have made digital content creation my living because connecting with and helping other people is one of my greatest passions. I’m pivoting this platform because I care, I have love for you in my heart and I value you. I want to provide you with a resource that has more substance and value for your own journey than some quickly curated affiliate links and a couple generic sentences about how cute you can look for date night. That shit will still be on here, don’t get me wrong. But it will have more a lot more heart and honestly enveloping it.
While I’m in the process of building a new website and building relationships with other creators to get involved in this collective, I will be posting more frequently on here over the next couple of weeks. I’ll be talking about what’s going on in the world, finding my place, my thoughts and my voice within it and how it pertains to my life and parenting my child. I look forward to finally using this space as it always should have been and I can’t wait to connect with you on these topics!
P.S. If you love any content creators that you think would be a great fit for this collective space, PLEASE E-MAIL ME so I can try to connect with them and get them on board!
Shenae Grimes-Beech is an actor and YouTuber with a highly engaged community of like-minded women who are here to stand up for what they believe in and lean into discomfort, especially when it means doing the right thing.