After more than five years of blogging under the name Urban Tease, I have retired my original blog and am already so excited to have a fresh start under the new name Of North.
I chose the name Of North after my first thought, Tackling Adulthood, was shot down by numerous people. It's probably for the best - Tackling Adulthood seems a bit too rigid, not creative enough. It doesn't really reflect all that I am. I took some time to brainstorm what represents me best and decided to dig into my Minnesotan roots. I had been reading a book given to me by my pastor titled, "On the Back of the North Wind" by George McDonald (mentor to J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis) and at first, thought of the name Of the North Wind. After deciding that that was just too long, I settled on Of North. Since this blog is written by an authentic girl of the north country, it only makes sense that the blog name reflects that. (I didn't want to title it anything about girl from the north country because it would be a major bummer if this blog ruined the Dylan song for both you and me.)
I created an entire playlist to inspire what I wanted the blog's feel to be like - a playlist featuring artists like Cat Stevens, David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire, Beirut, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Peter Paul & Mary, Big Star, Roy Orbison, The Who, John Denver, and even Audrey Hepburn's version of "Moon River". I contemplated making a mood board, but then I realized that my entire Pinterest is pretty much a giant collection of mood boards that fit the blog perfectly - because, well, they fit me, and I am the blog.