Why did I choose the name Gather and Flourish?
I feel like this is the perfect post to start my blog because it was the one thing that kept me from starting for so long!
I had the idea a while ago to start a lifestyle blog where I could write about all the DIY projects and renovations that we do to our home, and a place where I could have a creative outlet to escape from the mundane of everyday life with toddlers. Yes, I said it, sometimes I don’t like being a full-time SAHM. Whew, that felt good to say aloud (or rather, type)!
I needed somewhere to channel my creativity and have that piece of me that isn’t wrapped up in being a mommy, wife, housekeeper…you get the picture. So I spent tons of time researching how to start a blog, and learning what it would take to make this happen. Of course, everything I read said that to start, you have to have a really good name. Great! So I sat down and started brainstorming and writing down all the keywords, topics, etc. that I wanted to write about on my blog, hoping something would just jump off the page. Alas, no such luck.
I knew that I wanted the blog to centralize on my home. It was the one thread that united all of the keywords and topics I wanted to write about. It is where everything happens!
As I was searching different keywords in a thesaurus one day, I fell in love with the word “gather” because it represents what we do in our home. We come together! And not just us, but our family and friends, this is our gathering place. Our home is where we eat together, laugh together, cry together. This is where we celebrate birthdays, and holidays, where we study God’s word and sing praises together! “Gather” really encompassed the feelings I have when I think of home.
After settling on “gather” as part of my name it took me a while to figure out what came next. I knew I wanted it to be a “this-and-that” sort of name, but I had no idea what my “and-that” should be! I wanted to incorporate the “design” element of the blog into the name, after all, I do have a degree in graphic design, and I knew many of my posts would be on home decor and interior design. One day I was scrolling through Pinterest, as I often do multiple times a day while nursing, and I saw a pin about calligraphy “flourishes”! FLOURISH! Yes! I love it! Not only does it lend itself to design, because “flourishes” are embellishments and details, but it also perfectly described what I want our home to be a place of. I want our home to be a place where our family, friends, and others can come to find refuge, comfort, and refreshment. I want our home to be a place of spiritual, physical, and mental growth. I want the people that spend time in our home to “flourish”!
So there you have it…that is how I very painstakingly chose the name for my blog. I am looking forward to sharing our gathering place with you, and my hope is that maybe you too may flourish through what is shared here!