New Beginnings

In June 2011, I started a personal Tumblr in my final year of high school to express myself creatively. I was bored of reblog-ing photos from influencers when I knew that deep down I could be one too. Now four years later, after countless posts, over-edited photos, and collaborations with phenomenal brands I am so grateful to be recognized as one.

However, I am no longer in denial that Tumblr was limiting my creative freedom and hindering me from launching a full-time career in blogging. I could write about why Tumblr was limiting me in extensive detail but I know it’s not the time.

Tumblr changed my life. It gave me a passion and a purpose. Every morning, I would wake up knowing that there is such a beautiful group of people who were interested in what I did and I was so invested in them. They gave me a voice and to that, I owe them a large chunk of my heart.

The meaning of life through my perspective has a lot to do with my belief in the law of attraction. If you have the courage to ask for what you want intelligently – love, wealth, creativity, generosity, and more – you are more likely to receive it once have projected those thoughts out into the universe. For years, I have been asking the universe to recognize me as a content creator and performer. Which makes re-launching Laurel Musical on WordPress an achievement in itself.

To new beginnings!

How do you want 2017 to begin?

Let me know.

Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto-Based Digital Media Marketing Professional, Performer, and Public Speaker. Western University and George Brown College Alumni.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram



  1. January 4, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Congratulations on your re-launch, Laurel! Indeed, Tumblr was also limiting me when it comes to expressing more of myself so I moved to Blogger which went great and now, I’m blogging in WordPress. I love the benefits I’m experiencing from it even though I’m still new with all the things WP can offer to me. Haha! Anyway, my site is currently can’t be reached, same with other bloggers, maybe because of our host so if you couldn’t view it at the moment, I apologize in advance. Btw, I’m one of your Tumblr followers. I can still remember you followed me first and I was so happy to be recognized by you. šŸ™‚

    • January 4, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thank you Augustin! I agree that WordPress is arguably the best blogging platform in order to be taken seriously. However, Tumblr will still have a place in my heart and I will still be using it for blog updates.

      I’m so flattered that you remembered when I followed you. I’m so lucky to have gained you as a friend.

  2. January 4, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Congrats on your big move! I’m really curious about how Tumblr limited your creative freedom. I blog on Tumblr and I can’t help feeling like that sometimes. It would be nice to get input from someone who felt (and feels) the same.

    Wishing you all the best on your blogging journey!

    • January 4, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Thank you Roanne! It was a difficult worthwhile decision. Tumblr had a lot of issues when it came to monetization, search engine optimization, permalinks, and design limitations. When switching to WordPress it was exciting and overwhelming to see how much control you have over your blog.

      Can’t wait to keep in touch!

  3. January 12, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Welcome to WordPress Laurel! I’m now subscribed to your blog! šŸ™‚

    • January 12, 2017 / 11:56 am

      Thank you so much Teesh! You are such a loyal reader and I am so grateful to have you as a friend.