A new blog from Woodland

Inspiration comes from many different areas of our lives.  Whether it be our friends, the space we live in, what we do for a living, or who we follow on social media.  What inspires us is usually specific to us, a common thread with others for sure, but the basis comes from a yearning within.  For me, inspiration for what I do comes from the people around me and my want to share.  Funny enough, I’m very private but I’ve learned (slowly) from those around me that we all have something to say, to share, and so that’s what I’ll be doing.

My family (two young adult children and my husband) and I are based in Woodland, California.  It’s an agricultural town in Northern California in-between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe, just west of Sacramento.  We were all born and raised in the area and find Woodland to be just the right speed for our current lives.  It’s the perfect mix of being close enough to big cities but local enough that you have a corner drug store (literally its name) and you can walk from one end of Main Street to the other in less than 10 minutes.  A New Yorker (Queens to be exact) friend recently said, “Main Street looks like it’s out of a Hallmark Christmas movie!”  YES!, yes it does <3

If you know me, then you likely know I’m a blogger for  VisitWoodland.com.  Can you see a theme here, I really like my town!  I’ve met so many people through my work with Visit Woodland that I’ve extrapolated a characteristic theme from these folks;  Hard workers, creators, risk takers, and a willingness to be helpers.  These qualities are what I’ve felt from the people I’ve met.  They are also the inspiration for this blog and really, for the life I try to live.  So, Cross & Elm, at its core, is about sharing what I’ve learned, personally, from those in Woodland, the surrounding areas and through my travels.

I mentioned we are based in Woodland, but I also split my time between here and Spokane, Washington where my husband works.  Spokane has also played a huge role in why I created Cross & Elm.  When we made the move I scoured Instagram for Spokane area bloggers. I figured they would be able to help direct me on where to shop, where to get the best coffee, and give me a general feel for the area.  And it was true, there is no shortage of information. I found such a huge variety of subjects and experiences from various accounts that I realized there is a space for me in this digital world, I just have to take the risk and put myself out there.

So, here goes…

Keeping all this inspiration in mind, Cross & Elm’s focus is simple; sharing delicious recipes (from my and friend’s kitchens), learning from subject matter experts on health & wellness and relationship related issues, chatting about work and the things I’m passionate about, and much more.  With every post, I want to walk away from the writing I’ve completed and have learned something new, whether small or big.  So, my sharing will be thoughtful and meaningful to me and I hope you find value as well.

You can reach me here: Email & Phone

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Oh, the name of the blog, Cross & Elm?  It’s the corner we live on and it’s a bit of an inspiration for me too.

12 thoughts on “A new blog from Woodland

  • Reply Mai Mok November 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm


    • Reply Kelly Newsom November 19, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      thanks for the support Mai!

  • Reply Anne the Elder November 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I love reading your writing, Kelly!

    • Reply Kelly Newsom November 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you Anne, I appreciate the words and support.

  • Reply Kimberley Arthur November 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I cannot wait to see what inspires you next!!

    • Reply Kelly Newsom November 20, 2017 at 2:49 am

      thank you!!

  • Reply Chris Di Dio November 19, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Can’t wait

    • Reply Kelly Newsom November 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Chris!!

  • Reply Gretchen Blake November 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Good job Kelly ! We are completely behind you and are excited for your new venture .

    • Reply Kelly Newsom November 21, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Thank you G!! Love you guys 💕

  • Reply Emily January 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Finally getting to sit down and read through your posts… I feel your intent and personality … this is going to be great for you (and us!!) cheers to pressing ‘publish’

    • Reply Kelly Newsom January 5, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Thank you 💕

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