October 3, 2012

Beginners, New Look - New Mantra

Notice anything different?

Look up.

I did a little revamping of the Not A Model logo. While that photo with the kitchen gloves and crooked heart has been a staple on this blog for awhile, it doesn't quite feel like me anymore. Granted, that photo was taken about five years ago, (and I haven't worn fuchsia pink washing gloves since) so it makes sense to want something that is a better representation of the person behind this blog.

The new logo was simply created by using the same handwriting that I use to scrawl in my notebooks daily. It's a scribble, a simple design, nothing fancy or too perfect - just like Not A Model's personality in general.

The other night I watched a movie with one of my best friends called Beginners. I won't give away too much, but basically it's about starting over, no matter what your age or stage is in life. (The father-figure in the film starts over at 75 years old). It's about trying a new direction and really, in life, if we embrace it, we're all beginners at something.

Lately, I find myself in a bit of a emotional slump for a better choice of a word, but I have decided that it's never too late to start fresh again - like with a new logo, a new look or a new dream plan, for example.

This week's Not A Model mantra is as follows:

"You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you." -Barbara Sher

Lastly, you also may notice the lack of a contributor tab up top as well. While I loved each and every post from my lovely female writing army, it wasn't quite working at the moment and it seemed for the best to close it right now. A lot of the girls have their own projects and adventures going on, so I encourage you to keep up with them! I may bring back the contributor program in the future, but for now, you can still read all about the favourites in the Not A Model archives. xx


  1. Amanda, I wanted to write and say I love how the tone of your writing has stayed so consistently positive over the years. Even in a post where you're writing about an emotional slump, I can still see the positive you and know for certain that you have wonderful, exciting things to come. Also, speaking as someone on the upswing of a recent slump, I'm relieved that we have the chance to refresh and begin again as much as we need to and in any way small or large way that we find works best. Thanks for this reminder!

  2. Thanks for the sweet comment Melissa! means a lot. Glad to know other people feel the same way!