Sometimes I really struggle with change.
When I was setting my goals for 2018 about thirteen months ago, I had no idea that I would decide to close my blog Happy Simple Living at the end of the year. But late in November, after writing 800 posts over 12 years, I began to sense that it was time for a new direction. I wrote my final farewell post on January 1.
Change can be so good, and we all know that sometimes we have to end one thing to make room for another thing. I just couldn’t have imagined the blank screen—literal and figurative—I’d face at the beginning of 2019.
Which brings me to today. I’m excited to introduce you to The YOLO Blog.
I’ll be exploring topics like food, home, money, books, interesting people and real life in this space, posting a few times a month. My hope is that this blog can be like a friendly conversation where we share our ideas, struggles, real thoughts and solutions.
Because I ended Happy Simple Living to make room for The YOLO Blog, I wanted to host a giveaway that would bridge both blogs. This is why YOU could win your very own Houseables 20,000 BTU Self-Igniting, Trigger Start Propane Weed Torch and Flame Thrower.
(UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Anne W., who won the weed torch.)
Why a weed torch, you ask? Good question!
One of Happy Simple Living’s most-shared posts is: “7 Natural Ways to Control Bindweed.” Many of you struggle with the tenacious, long-rooted garden weeds like I do. We have major bindweed in our back yard, so much that we have considered converting the entire space into the International Botanical Garden of Bindweed. Here’s a fine specimen that’s grown three feet just while I’ve been writing this post.
After losing ground to more bindweed last year, I decided it was time to get serious. I bought two weed torches, one for me and another for one of you.
Often, the only way we can grow something new is if we clear the space first. And sometimes the clearing requires firepower. Sometimes we have to go in there and torch those weeds.
I’ve been excited to try my new flame flower/weed torch, confident that even during a Colorado January I would find some hardy live bindweed out there to blast. However, our yard has been covered with snow for weeks. Luckily we did have a brief melt-off one afternoon and I managed a quick photo. I’m telling you, this torch throws some serious FLAME!
Are you ready to torch weeds?
How You Can Win
(UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Anne W.)
To enter the giveaway, enter this question in the comments section at the end of this post:
What would you like to torch in 2019, to make room for something new?
Your answer can be literal (“Bindweed, baby!” “Kudzu for days!” “Out-of-control ivy!”) or it can be figurative, like some of these things on my personal Torch List:
- Mistakes I made in high school
- Old, dusty grievances
- Limiting thoughts
- Judgments and assumptions about other people
- The things I tried that failed
All you have to do to enter is share a comment below about what you hope to literally or figuratively clear away this year, and you’ll be automatically entered.
The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, and runs through Sunday, February 10 at midnight MST. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, February 11, and contact you via email.
Until then, thank you for stopping by and reading The YOLO Blog’s very first post. It’s a joy to reconnect with you.
Grateful thanks to Sam Howzit for the use of his wonderful photo above of a performer holding a flaming torch during the dinner show at the Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.