BIG Announcement: This Is Verity

12/20/2013

Just in time for Christmas, I can finally let you all in on my little/big secret...

This blog, Chronicled, has been sorely neglected over the past several weeks and it's time I come clean with you all for the reason why. This post has been a long time coming and I've hinted at working on a "project" for some time now so I am excited, and a bit nervous to be honest, to finally let the cat out of the bag and to share it with you all.

For a long time I've wanted to create something that - at the end of the day - inspires people and reflects diversity. I've had a number of different ideas but it wasn't until this post that I wrote on diversity earlier this year when I decided I really needed to go forth with one of my ideas. So often we can talk ourselves out of doing something, of taking a chance, but I decided that this time - I would execute one of my ideas. I had to at least try. And so I took one of my ideas and molded it...and brainstormed and...gradually something exciting started to take shape. And I started jotting down notes....lots and lots of notes and ideas and just...words...until I had pages of notes, and ideas, and words.. And a solid idea.

I'm so excited to announce to you all that in the new year I will be launching a new website, This Is Verity. This Is Verity is a site that aims to reflect diversity and provide authentic, accessible, and inspiring stories, tips, and inspiration. I created TIV to fill a void in an online landscape that, to me, feels increasingly homogenous, inaccessible, unrealistic, and disingenuous. (And I think, at least according to the comments on this post, that some of you feel the same way?) At the core of This Is Verity is the knowledge that, despite what some sites and blog-zines would lead you to believe, success and inspiration has many different faces, that it doesn't have to cost a fortune to live a stylish, inspired, and full life, that wandering off the beaten path can be just as full-filling as staying on it, that imperfectly perfect is as good as perfect, that there is beauty in diversity. This Is Verity will initially focus on three areas - career, travel, and beauty & fashion. You'll read honest stories from a diverse range of women (and the occasional man) about how they've managed to create, or are in the process of creating, a life they love - sometimes by staying on the "path" and sometimes by wandering off of it. You'll find beauty tips and routines from women who are every colour of the rainbow. You'll be encouraged to explore and see the beauty in cities not only like Paris and New York but also Delhi, Seoul, Lima, Windhoek, Berlin, Ankara, Bangkok, Sydney... You'll be inspired...to follow your dreams? Go after (or create) the job you've always wanted? To travel and explore? To find new favourite spots in your own backyard? To try a new shade of lipstick? To wear something you never thought you could pull off...

So we're clear, This Is Verity is not a blog and is certainly not replacing Chronicled. This Is Verity is a new online resource for people looking for diversity AND inspiration. Heck, the tagline is "where diversity and inspiration collide" - because my goal is for it to be exactly that.

I've been working on This Is Verity for a few months now and more solidly over the past several weeks and I really can't wait for you all to see it. I've reached out to my good friend Brenna of This Battered Suitcase and she's agreed to come onboard as TIV's Travel Contributor; we're working on a whole bunch of good, inspiring, informative, stuff for you guys. I've lined up some incredibly inspiring stories from women around the world who, some after trial and error, are making a living doing what they love and are passionate about. I'll be working with a great design company to have a site that is clean, simple, and super functional. Everyone I've reached out to so far about TIV has been so incredibly supportive and encouraging and I really can't wait for you all to see and dig into it.

But, until then (I'll announce the exact launch date soon) you guys can follow TIV at the following where you'll get regular updates and sneak peeks:

website: thisisverity.com
twitter: @thisisverity
instagram: thisisverity
facebook: thisisverity

If you go to the website now you can subscribe to be notified of the launch date and to stay in the know with all things TIV. I would really love your support - so if you feel so inclined I'd love for you to share the news of This Is Verity with your blog readers and followers on social media. Perhaps tweet a link to the website? Or to this post? Or go like TIV on Facebook and share it with your friends and family??

So, now you know what's been keeping me busy! Feel free to comment below and let me know what you think! Or you can always send me an email (hellokisha[at]gmail.com) - I'd really love to hear your thoughts...or maybe you know someone who would be good to feature? I'm all ears...err eyes.

Definitely scary putting this "out there" but sometimes you just have to go for it and see what happens!

So there it is! Now you know what I've been working on and it feels good, and a bit nerve wracking, to tell you all about it. *Deep Exhale*

No I'm off to go finish/start my Christmas shopping! I have a whopping 15 gifts to buy. Eeek! Wish me luck!




26 comments:

  1. This sounds fantastic!! I'll so excited to see/read/experience and would love to contribute if it ever makes sense. Congratulations!! Its wonderful to see something you care so much about and believe in take shape. Looking forward to the launch!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for such kind words! I can't wait for everyone to see and experience it - so much good stuff in store! I do believe wholeheartedly in it and I'm humbled to see what positive responses and support it's getting.

      Feel free to send me an email to my personal email or to info(at)thisisverity.com about contributing opportunities in the future...nothing is solidified yet (contributing spots) but I do have a few ideas in the works :)

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  2. This sounds fantastic!! I'll so excited to see/read/experience and would love to contribute if it ever makes sense. Congratulations!! Its wonderful to see something you care so much about and believe in take shape. Looking forward to the launch!!!

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  3. I'm excited to see what you've got in store. This sounds like a wonderful concept. I also would love to contribute if it ever makes sense. I'm not fashionista/beauty expert but I've always wanted a resource where I could get tips/advice from women who, well, look like me!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! The beauty of TIV is that you don't have to be a fashionista/beauty expert to contribute or enjoy TIV...it's all-inclusive!

      I have a few ideas in mind for a contributor based column - though I haven't solidified it yet. Feel free to email my personal email or info(at)thisisverity and I will share some of the details with you.

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  4. How crazy is it that I just found your blog and the first post I read was the one on the issue of diversity in the blog land and found myself agreeing to it. Then I read this and it's such a fantastic idea! I love it! Will you be accepting submissions from contributors?

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    1. Indeed, what a wonderful time for you to have stumbled upon Chronicled :)

      I have a few ideas in mind for a contributor based column. I haven't nailed down the details just yet but am working on it. Feel free to email me at my personal email or info(at)thisisverity.com for more info!

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  5. So thrilled for you friend! Good for you for following your dreams and having something you feel passionate about!

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    1. Thank you so much Jacquelyn! I *am* really passionate about this and believe in it wholeheartedly - I feel it's a resource that is much needed and can't wait to share it with you all!

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  6. Congrats! What a great concept. Can't wait to read the stories, see the visuals and be inspired.

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    1. Thank you for such kind words! I can't wait for all of you to see it - lots of great stories in the works :)

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  7. Congratulations on your new endeavor! It definitely sounds fantastic and I can't wait to be indulged.

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    1. Thank you Angel! Be sure to follow along on twitter, instagram, pinterest (@thisisverity on all) to be kept up-to-date for the official launch - exciting!

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  8. Congrats! Verity sounds awesome - much needed!!

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  9. Way to go sister! That's awesome and I agree ---> jump in and start ... Congratulations!

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    1. Yes, jump in and start indeed! Because, as I've realized, there is never a *perfect* time to do...well, anything is there?? You just have to go for it! Thanks for such kind words friend :)

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  10. Yay! Congrats! im so freakin' excited about this! This idea is awesome!!

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    1. Thank you!! I can't wait to share it with you all...but until then lots more work to be done behind-the-scenes!

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  11. Very much looking forward to this! Best of luck!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! Feel free to follow along on twitter, instagram, pinterest (@thisisverity on all) to be kept up-to-date for the official launch date!

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  12. This sounds really cool...can't wait to see it live...I ran across this blogger on instagram....check her out...she is doing something similar... http://www.kindred-spirits.com.au/

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait for you all to see it - and really experience it. I'll definitely check out the website you linked to - resources like this *are* needed so happy to see others doing something as well!

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  13. Congrats, so exciting! I'm following TIV across all platforms and eagerly awaiting the launch!

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    1. Thank you so much Jess!! I've been working on lots of great stuff behind-the-scenes and can't wait for TIV to go live and for you all to see it :)

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  14. Saw your announcement on Instagram -- this is AWESOME! Congrats to you and looking forward to seeing what's next!

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