OK, I have not known how to start or what to say with this. I try to keep the fun big, the inspiration massive, and the personal to little anecdotes on life with this blog. But sometimes life gets in the way. I spoke about it here. We have all recovred from the terrifying ordeal that was our car accident while on vacation. We have purchased a new car, yay!
However, I have still been fairly MIA here. There has been zero progress on any of the projects. The laundry room is as is. Aside from a forever big pile of dirty laundry to be washed. I have been in a funk. Once the dust settled of dealing with car insurance, paperwork, car salesman, test drives, and getting it all squared away. The dust settled, and I still felt in the dust storm. Life hit me hard.
I will be very honest here. I seriously considered ending this blog. Well, considered is not the correct word…. decided to end this blog would be more correct. I was ready to close up shop. Sign off, end my current obligations elsewhere and put this in the past. Talk fondly about my year and a half time when I had a blog.
I felt relieved and sad with the prospect. The decision was not a light one, I just did not have any energy to get moving. To write out the countless posts of projects that are done but not shared here yet. It all seemed so unnecessary. I have no grandiose ideas of this blog. I am well aware that if I stopped this maybe a few would remember they have not had a email update from here in a while. Most though would not give it a second thought. Talk about putting things into perspective on how unimportant this is to others. This site that takes so much of my time and energy is not even a blip or importance to everyone else.
I felt vindicated in my decision. Relieved to have a set exit strategy. I sat with that for one whole week. Being all but radio silent on social media. Trying to figure out how I would end it all. Deactivate my accounts. Then I started thinking about the projects I still wanted to do to my home. I was redoing my home and decorating it long before this blog came along.
The obvious choice would then be to continue redoing my home. Finishing the laundry room, stalking resale shops for good furniture redo’s. But share none of it. Do it just for me. That thought made me so sad. In real life I do not know anyone who is into decorating as much as me. The only other DIYer I know is my husband. No one else wants to talk paint colors, no one else wants to hear the details of how I made a table. But, there is this whole group online. You guys that either really dig home decorating, fellow DIYers, or just awesome cheerleaders and fans of home decorating. You guys speak my language.
The thought of not having all of that made redoing my home feel a little empty. I like sharing my spaces, ideas, tips, and steps. Because I also like seeing others homes as well. My personality is all in or all out. It is either 110% or 0%. If I walked away from my blog I would want to walk away from all blogs. Close that chapter of my life and go back to reading about celebrity gossip all the time.
I thought about the dreams and plans I have for this blog. Some I have been slowly rolling out. With the share your space and the question of the day series. There is also some big-ish plans going on behind the scenes. It was not time to walk away. There is still so much to do, I want to see it all happen. Not for you, not for Pinterest, but for me. Little ‘ole me wants to see these plans, ideas, and future take shape.
Truth be told, being a DIY blogger is tough. Take the time that someone puts into writing a article, promoting it and then adding a good triple time to it. That is what creating things for your home, taking pictures, editing pictures and then writing it up is. For every project there is at least 5 hours of prep, planning, shopping, doing, creating, picture taking, and editing in there. Usually more than 5 hours. It is exhausting. Sometimes too much.
So I began shifting my thought process into how can I do both? How can I still have a home decor blog, make things for my home, without being a slave to projects? How can I still have some weekends to my family? How can I still have time to create? There is going to be some shifting here while I figure this all out. I want this to be a celebration of all homes. Not just mine. I would love to turn this into a community where people can come to talk home decor. Be inspired, share, and maybe see some projects I made too.
I know there is a ton of websites that do just that. However, they feel so legit and corporate I never feel comfortable jumping into the conversation. This is the mom & pop version of that. The less commercial version. I am still going to create, share, hopefully inspire. But things will have to be at a slower pace. I do not want to get burn out. I realize that is what it was.
I was in the fog of car accident, coming off of the glow of a vacation and work felt very unimportant and so far away. I want fun. This can be fun, it is fun. Sometimes work, but also fun and worth it. I forgot about the worth. The warm and fuzzies of making something, sharing it here and having people like it. Think about creating it themselves, or sharing a similar project of their own.
Once I figured all of this out, I got antsy to put it all into action. Getting antsy to start something is always a good thing. I have been bitten by the decorating and blogging bug big time. I am now wanting to create again. Get the laundry room done. Make some fun and simple crafts. I want to open up communication again with you all. Get the ball rolling in this sought after community of homes. This house is now our home. Meaning, you, me, us. Corny, yes. I am going to stop being polite and start getting real. This is not a business. This is me and you sitting down and talking home decorating.
If a project takes longer, that is ok. If I am so uninspired I have nothing new to share, that is ok. If you have something amazing to share, send it my way. I would love to share it. My blog, this site is not just mine. I can and want it to be a shared experience. Can you feel the kumbaya song coming on? I can. This is the new, mellow, more open version of Our house now a home. The permanent vacation version of events. The story of turning my house and yours into a home!
|Thank you for following along and helping me out with this shifting of priority’s and goals for this blog!|
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any projects you have done, homes you love, spaces you redid, great articles on home’s, a must have list of things to redo. Anything. I would love to turn this into something bigger than just me and my home. Tell me what you think of the idea? Any and all questions or comments are just what I am looking for.
Lastly, who is ready to get back to some home decorating?!!!!