// Happy New Year! New Year - New Name!

Happy 2014, friends! Here we are... The Clueless Girl's Guide! That feels so good to say... I've been itching for a change for quite some time. I've hinted to feeling frustrated and stagnant with my blog. Stuck, even. I knew I wanted to rebrand, I just didn't know how or where to start. Several months ago I finally decided on a name that felt right. It was a keeper. Still, I was stuck on the design. Designing for yourself is by far the hardest thing ever. Seriously. I was so close to hiring out on several occasions, but I knew if I wanted to to be "me" then I needed to stick it out. Mike and I have been working on the design for a couple of months now, and I thought New Years would be the perfect time to launch. Well, that was until December showed up and decided to be super weird. I literally didn't touch the design for 5 or 6 weeks... Yesterday I was wallowing in my own self-pity because I didn't hold up my end of the deal when I decided to put on my "Get it done" britches and do just that... Get it done. Yesterday I spent several hours finishing the design, coding it out and installing it. It was like a sudden burst of adrenaline hit me and before I knew it, it was done. Now here it is. I hope you're as excited as I am!

Some people say a major rebrand is the beginning of the end for blogs... and maybe it is. I don't know! What I do know is that in the few short hours that this design has been live, I've felt more motivated and in touch with my blog than I did for all of 2013. While TCGG will stay pretty similar to LCH in terms of content, I hope to add several new features over the coming weeks and expand my content to really focus in on small business ownership, creative and personal growth, and venturing outside of my own comfort zone. I'm taking the first step out of that comfort zone by launching this new "brand"... I've been so terrified to do this. I've been scared to lose readers (I'll lose them anyway) and I was scared that I'd find myself with another name/look that I didn't love. But what kind of way is that to live? We're throwing caution to the wind and just going for it! Hopefully this attitude will continue through the new year and life in general.

The name (and reason behind it) is just cheesy enough to be perfect for me, I think. I am a clueless girl. 90% of the time I have no clue what I'm doing in life. I'm figuring it out as I go. I want to try new things (and inevitably fail at a lot of them... but hopefully sprinkle 'em with success, too), and I want to push myself to be the kind of girl I can be proud of. I want to live with confidence and make every day a little bit brighter.

LCH served it's purpose for almost 5 years. It saw me grow into a better person, wife, mother, business owner, etc. But not unlike anything else in life, I simply outgrew it. I outgrew the name, the look, the feel. Rather than be sad about what's come to pass, I'm going to embrace 2014 and The Clueless Girl's Guide. I'm going to reach out to folks and showcase all of the cool things they do. And I want you to be part of that! Up top under the "Contact" tab you'll notice a Submissions page... This is for all of those cool links you find or cool posts you write... if you think they'd be a good fit for Things I Love Thursday or even a dedicated guest post, get in touch! This blog will always be partially personal... I'll always share bits and pieces of my family's day and our adventures. But I also realize I have the opportunity to make it into so much more. The chance to share the spotlight with really cool people doing really cool things. And that's just what I plan on doing!

I'm so glad I worked on this like I did yesterday, because I think it's a great way to bring in the new year. I was so frustrated feeling like I was accomplishing "nothing" and rather than wallow for another day, I made it happen. That's what I want 2014 to be about... making it happen!

Don't worry, the former addresses (honeybeeinthecity.blogspot.com and kaelahbee.com) will still continue to function. They simply forward to thecluelessgirl.com. If you've linked to me in the past, your links should still continue to work as they did. There may be a broken link here or there, and if you stumble across one please feel free to let me know! I'm going to do my best to do right by you as a reader, I just may need a little help along the way!

It'll take some time to roll out all of the features I want to try, and some of them may end up being a bust (We'll just nix them and try something else!), but please stick around and see what I plan to bring to the table! Several of the pages will be blank for a bit... I'm working out the kinks and layouts of each and everything page I've added, and I only have 2 hands. I just couldn't wait to share this next chapter with y'all. You are the reason this blog is what it is, so thank you. You are awesome and I wish we could hang out in real life!

Thanks for being part of the LCH TCGG journey! Happy New Year!

66 comments:

  1. Dang, girl! Awesome! I knew you'd been hinting at a big change for some time, but I didn't expect it to be quite this big. And I LOVE it. Love the look, the name, and especially the top-of-the-page drop-down bar! Snaaaazzy!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  2. Love the new look, and the name is perfect ;)

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  3. I'm currently struggling with designing my own branding. It's absolutely the hardest thing to do for yourself! Your new site looks beyond lovely and the design is a hit! Congrats on the new name and hopefully new start! xoxo

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  4. Love it so much! The new look and name are awesome :) Looking forward to what`s to come

    xo www.inventedromance.blogspot.ca

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  5. Happy New Year! And I adore the new look, it really is perfect!

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  6. Absolutely love it and your transition explanation makes a lot of sense :) I'll follow forever

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  7. Love the new look - so sleek and simple, yet so chique! I'm excited for all the new things and new features, and honestly, I'm not worried one bit - all your stuff is always so wonderful! Can't wait to see what 2014 brings for you in terms of blogging, and wishing you & yours the very best in terms of health, happiness and fulfillment!!
    I've been wanting to talk to you about a collaboration anyway, but I'll email you about that.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    xx Johanna

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  8. I love it! This new blog design and name are definitely you! Everything just looks so beautiful!

    www.mariedarling.com

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  9. Brilliant! Loving the new name & looking forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve. Happy new year! Hope it's a great one. :) x

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  10. I love the new look! I think that a redesign, when done well, can be a great thing for a blog. Sometimes things become stale, and a redesign is just what the blogger needs to get out of a slump.

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  11. This a really nice way to start the year! Love the name and the design!

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  12. Good for you! I wish you all the best for the new year and The Clueless Girl's Guide :)
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  13. Love it!
    Loved it then adore it now!
    Im in!
    Lets go!

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  14. I saw the new blog in your perfil page the last week and it looks so gorgeous... well, I feel very happy for you Kaelah. Thank you for sharing and good luck!
    Greetings from Spain!
    (fireflyinajrspell.wordpress.com)

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  15. I saw the new blog in your perfil page the last week and it looks so gorgeous... well, I feel very happy for you Kaelah. Thank you for sharing and Good luck!
    Greetings from Spain!
    (fireflyinajarspell.wordpress.com)

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  16. I think is a great way to start the new year and I think it's turned out great, so nice job on the coding and design work. I'll be sticking around to read what you get up to in 2014, looking forward to it! x

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  17. It sounds like this is just what you need and I for one am very excited about your relaunch! Best of luck with it Kaelah, I bet it will be amazing!

    Becky
    xx

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  18. I love it! New start for a New Year, how perfect is that? The name is fantastic, it suits you and the blog so well. The geometric header is gorgeous. Wishing you and the whole family a very happy new year and I hope 2014 is filled with fun, good times and love xo

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  19. Congrats on the rebrand! The site looks gorgeous! I can't wait to read more - really looking forward to your small business content! :) Happy New Year!

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  20. it looks great! looking forward to whats to come :)
    xo, cheyenne

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  21. I love the new blog layout......nothing wrong with a bit of tweaking here and there!!

    Happy New Year.

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Ah this is exciting! I think rebrands can be great. I moved to a whole new blog when I made a big move and I've loved it so much- it fits with who I am and what I want to talk about, so much better. It can completely reinvigorate you. As for losing readers? On the other side of the coin, new content and design might bring you a whole load of new readers more in tune with what you're about now. It looks great Kaelah, I'm really looking forward to seeing your new ideas :) Happy New Year lady
    xxx
    Chambray & Curls

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  23. Change is good, I really like the design!
    Happy new year!

    BeautyInsideArt

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  24. Love the new look! New Beginnings are always exciting :)

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  25. What a perfect way to start fresh for the new year! I love the name and design that you chose!

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  26. Love the new name and exciting future plans.

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  27. Reading this has made me feel so pumped for The Clueless Girl's Guide and inspired to be and do better in 2014! Thank you for being so wonderful Kaelah!

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  28. Absolutely love the new look and name lady! And I am so happy to hear that you are once again really excited about this space, I've absolutely loved following you along for all these years! Cannot wait to see all the new things that will be showing up here! Happy New Year!

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  29. I seriously held my breath for a second when I saw your Instagram post earlier! Yesterday, I changed my blog name as well to try and rebrand myself and my blog (and holy shit, WHAT A PAIN!) so I feel ya on the business of losing readers and trying to get it all sorted out. But the new layout looks great and I'm excited for you! I can't wait to see the new features and the submissions part is really cool as well. :)

    <3 Kelsey
    Chaos Parade

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  30. I love it! And I love how your header ties in with the room you painted. ;)

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  31. I love it!!! I am so happy for you and the rebranding. I know it can be scary, but what is the worst that can happen? I know I won't be going anywhere. :)

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  32. its weird to start thinking of it in a new way but you're still you = super fun. So i'm cool with that :)

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  33. I love it, girl! This feels like you. Great choice on the new name too! Xoxo

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  34. I absolutely love it! It's perfect, and its a perfect way to start off 2014.

    Jenine - www.jeninecoles.blogspot.com

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  35. Love it! I am gonna do a subtle redesign in the next couple months too. I think it's natural for a blog to evolve and change as the person does. I've already done it several times since inception, I just think I need a new header. I would also love to guest post or submit something soon! I love guest posting! I checked out your submission form, and was trying to type in an idea for submission, but it would only let me enter 2 letters. Could be a glitch.

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  36. YAY!! For the new name and look. I think you did well and I can't wait to see what it holds in store.

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  37. I freaking love it!! The whole thing is so amazing! Love the new blog title and the new layout! It's fresh and girly and modern and fun!! Good luck moving forward! Happy New Year!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  38. I absolutely love your new design, it is gorgeous!
    Great name too!

    www.kindoflovely.com

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  39. when i first saw this in my newsfeed i was all "who on earth...?" haha but once i found out it was you i think it's totally awesome! good for you to just getting it done and over with, what a fab way to start your new year! i don't see why some people would say a rebrand is the beginning of an ending for a blog- it totally remotivates you and gets a fire under your butt- i can't wait to see what you have in store for us!!

    xo marlen

    Messages on a Napkin

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  40. Yay! Congratulations on taking the plunge. I think it looks great! I can't wait to see what you bring in 2014.

    Also, I love the name. It works great. And also now I can't get "Rollin' With the Homies" out of my head.

    - April

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  41. happy new year!!!
    xx
    http://littlemisstwiggy.blogspot.com/2014/01/hello-2014.html

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  42. oh wow this is an amazing stuff, i havent been online for a while and saw your tweet about your new blog and I think this is definitely the way to go for you - looking forward to your new posts about small business ownership, your tips and advices are going to be helluva useful for us all. happy new year babes!

    Katrina Sophia Blog

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  43. I love it! Looking forward to reading along as always :)

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  44. I definitely love the new name and new look! And I totally understand your fear of such a huge change... A few months ago, I decided I needed to change my blog name and start fresh. It was extremely difficult and I lost almost all of my readers and followers... although, I have some new readers and followers that I already love. Despite losing a lot, I've gained my blogging mojo and like you said, feel more in touch with my blog now than ever! Good luck. It's pretty hard not to fall in love with you, so I think you'll do great!

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  45. Happy New Year! The new blog looks amazing -can't to follow you TCGG

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  46. Love the new look and direction you're taking! Can't wait to see where you take your blog!

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  47. Love the new look and direction you're taking! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2014!

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  48. I love the new look, I was a bit surprised in my reader to see a new name, but I think it's a great step!
    Amia

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  49. omigod, KB! I looked at my feed this morning and didn't see you...got totally bummed!! I love your blog, I read it religiously. The new look/ name is darling. You gotta do what feels right for you. We're all behind you and can't see all the new things you've got planned for the new year!!

    stay awesome, lady!!

    xoxo,
    Holly

    http://happinessbrand.blogspot.com/

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  50. Love the new look--I think it really fits you! It's only natural for people to grow and evolve in life, so why not blogs? I am always so impressed by the quality and amount of work you do, all while running multiple business fronts and being an amazing mother. Can't wait to see what you have in store.

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  51. Congrats! This is so exciting, and the layout is just beautiful. Cheers to a great 2014!

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  52. Congrats! This is so exciting, and the layout is just beautiful. Cheers to a great 2014!

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  53. This change sounds exciting and I'm looking forward to reading your small business ownership posts! Well done on going though with your rebrand, it's such a scary but exciting thing to do. I feel like doing the same thing. Good luck! Loved your blog before and will continue to read after the rebrand!

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  54. This change sounds exciting and I'm looking forward to reading your small business ownership posts! Well done on going though with your rebrand, it's such a scary but exciting thing to do. I feel like doing the same thing. Good luck! Loved your blog before and will continue to read after the rebrand!

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  55. Wow wow wow wow wow!!! SO EXCITED for you! My jaw dropped when I saw the design. SO HAPPY FOR YOU LOVE!!!

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  56. PS don't forget to change "LCH" in the comment blurb to TCGG!

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    1. Ah thanks for pointing that out! Made the change right after I approved your comment! xx

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  57. Fantastic change, very refreshing. Love it! I think big changes should have a percentage of uncertainty, but at least the risks make for good stories.

    best,
    Chrissy of crashbeauty.com

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  58. You do what ever it is you need to do to grow and evolve as a person. I'm sure you will continue to inspire us all.

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  59. You do whatever it is you need to do to grow and evolve. I'm sure you will continue to inspire us all.

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  60. queen kaelah forever. you're right, this really does suit you very well--and seriously looks SO good, even more excited to visit now!!

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  61. Brilliant :) and happy new year btw ;)

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  62. I love it! Though at first I was like "but wait, you're far from clueless" hehe. It's all in how we feel isn't it, though? Love the change and can't wait to see what you have in store for it!

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