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State of the Blog Address

Hi y’all! I’m still here! :)

I decided to take an impromptu break from blogging over the last couple of weeks, and I’m so glad that I did! It was exactly what I needed to slow down, recharge, and reexamine a few things. Frankly, I was feeling very burnt out with this whole blogging thing. I had lost that spark I had in the beginning and it was becoming more of an added stress than a fun outlet for me. I just wasn’t feeling creative at all. There were days where I considered hanging up my blog hat and moving onto something new {spoiler alert : I’m not}. 

We are in the midst of a major life transition as we prepare to grow our family through adoption. We are living in limbo now as we have finished with all of the required paperwork, etc. and are just waiting for “the call”. This “in between space” felt like the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate some things in my life; specifically blogging and my presence on these here interwebs. ;) So, I thought I’d take a moment to fill you in on what I’m feeling, what I learned during this time, and what you can expect around here going forward — a sort of “State of the Blog Address”. 

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What I Learned

I realized how much I crave and need margin. I cannot keep running from one thing to the next. As an introvert, I have a need for quiet moments in my life; empty blocks on my schedule. I don’t want to live my life as an empty, exhausted person.  Not only do I need quiet moments in my life; sometimes I just need to BE quiet. There is so much noise on the internet, especially with the rise and growth social media, and I don’t need to always be adding to that. I only want to put out good content that will make someone smile or bring encouragement. That means, quality over quantity. 

During this time, I learned that I really do love blogging. I started this blog as a creative outlet after a dry year for me {creatively}. Having this space was a breath of fresh air for me. It brought me so much joy to have a place to go share what I was working on and an avenue to make new friends. 

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I didn’t go into this trying to be the biggest blogger out there, or trying to replace my normal income. Over time, I started feeling the pressure to do it all… every social media outlet, the link parties, swaps, contributing roles, partnerships. While all of those things are great, I can’t do every single one of them at 100%. This blog, while a great thing that I love, is not my number one priority. I have a full time job that I love, I have a family and friends that need my time. So, the blog has to get put into the right spot on my list of priorities. It’s getting bumped to where it is life giving again, and not life sucking. 

What to Expect

I’m taking what I learned about myself and this blog during me weeks of quiet, and I’m putting it into practice. In an attempt to simplify my life and to be more responsible about my own online noise, I’ll be taking more of a “slow blogging” approach. I’m going to be getting back to the basics of what it was in the “good ol’ days”. I want to provide quality content more than I want to throw something out there every day, so you can usually expect 2 posts a week from me.

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You’ll continue to see home and craft projects, the occasional recipe, and who knows… you may even get a few more personal posts here and there. I don’t anticipate this turning into a “Mommy blog” {because I praise God every day the internet and social media as we know it didn’t exist when I was a kid…and I want my kids to get at least a sliver of that life}…but I can only assume there will be some kid related things sneaking in here and there. You’ll only see projects that I would do blogging or not. I’m not into coming up with a project just to have something to write about. That doesn’t do anything for anyone, and I just end up with more clutter in my house. 

I’ll still be on the same social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram…but I’m not going to let it take up too much of my time. I’m tired of fighting the ever changing Facebook algorithms, so I just won’t. :) I’ll post a link for new posts and let the FB gods do what they please with it. ;) I do love Instagram, so that is probably where you find me most often. You’ll find bits of my daily life, sneak peeks, and anything cute or funny I find along the way. 

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As I mentioned before, I’m not trying to make a career out of this blogging biz, but it does cost money to keep the site running. I’ll continue to run sidebar ads and do the occasional sponsored posts to offset any costs. The extra income has been a blessing, especially as we have been raising funds for our adoption. I only work with brands that I myself am interested in. If I don’t 100% love it, you won’t see it on this blog {because, who has time for that?}. 

In the spirit of less noise, I should end things here before I pass the 1,000 word mark….but I do want to say that I am thankful for each and every one of you! I still can’t believe how many people stop by and read every day. It blows my mind! I’ve met so many amazing people through the online community, and I am so grateful for that. Please don’t be shy and say “hello”! :)

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Love Your Home

Recently I was chatting with Taylor at Porch.com and she asked me to share about my “happy place” at home. This sounded like too much fun to pass up, so here I am! Have you heard of Porch.com? Porch is a home network that allows you to find the right professionals, get inspired, and manage your homeā€¦.for free! 

 A little over 5 years ago, we bought our first house. We discussed living here for about 5-10 years until there were a few little feet running across these floors and we were feeling cramped. Then we were going to move on to something bigger and better. Now I’m trying to find ways to stay here forever. We’ve turned this little blank slate of a house into our home.

They key to having a home that we love and never want to leave has been this : only have things that we absolutely love, mean something special to us, and make our way of life more enjoyable. That means we ignore the lists online that tell us whether our home and belongings are on or off trend. If we love it, it stays. That also means we work to make sure our home is a sanctuary, for us and those who cross our threshold. We love to have friends and family over and to host parties and get-togethers. We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home! 

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One of my absolute favorite corners in our home checks off all 3 items on our “how to love our home” list. That corner is the coffee bar!  This little space in my kitchen is my happy place. If you’ve been here long enough, you’ve learned of my obsession with coffee. I’ve even got a steaming cup of joe smack dab in the middle of my logo. It’s not so much the life giving nectar that this coffee bar provides that makes it my happy place. Although, that is a nice bonus! This little corner provides much more than a jolt of caffeine. 

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Many special and important conversations have been had over a cup of coffee brewed in this very spot. It has been an essential part to our at-home date nights and late night visits with family and friends. When we hit a mental road block with our adoption paper work, we poured two cups and got to work together to finish that stack. We have done the same while celebrating immense joys with our friends like weddings and babies; and deep sorrows like the loss of loved ones. 

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We have been lucky enough to inherit a few special things from loved ones that we have incorporated throughout our home decor. Our coffee corner is no exception! The cabinet was actually my great-grandmother’s china cabinet. It was a bit beat up and didn’t quite fit the look of our home, so I spruced it up a bit. The cabinet holds a few special items given to me by my grandma. My favorite is the beautiful sea foam green tea set. It belonged to her grandmother. She and a few of her friends bought matching sets and took turns hosting each other each week for tea. These things are sweet reminders of special people, and just part of making this house feel like home. 

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 This little space is just one of the ways we’ve made our home so special! 

Now, I want to see your happy place in your home! Post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #loveyourhome ! 

{you can read more about our coffee bar and find sources here}

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InstaFriday + Miscellany

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy week, so this will be quick! We were out of town last weekend and I had jury duty on Tuesday {which was an interesting experience…} and so my routine has been thrown for a loop and I can’t seem to reign everything back in. I’m ready for the weekend to catch up and get back in the groove!

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We went to Austin for the weekend. We hadn’t been since my sister’s wedding {which seems like a long time after we were there so often}. It was fun to crash with my sister and bro-in-law. AND! I also got my baby sister to cut my hair for me. Y’all. This is changing my life. She is so talented and did such a great job. And we have the same DNA so 1) she understands my crazy hair and, 2) we speak sister, so she understands what I’m asking for. 

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The main purpose of our visit was for a friend’s wedding. My husband grew up with the groom, and my father-in-law did the ceremony. The ceremony overlooked Lake Travis {Which was beautiful, but you can see that lack of water. The drought has been hard on Texas}.

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It was nice to spend the evening celebrating with family and friends. And 3 foot sparklers. Hello. I love fire.

Tim and I did not get one photo together. Which is silly. The good news is we have another wedding this weekend – SO a photo shall happen! :)

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Did you win the “Snuggle up with a warm drink” prize package? Hop on over to find out! If not, don’t be disheartened – we’ll have another fun giveaway on the blog next week! Also, I’ve seen the prizes for December’s monthly giveaway….and oh my goodness. I wish I could win! :)

 

That’s all I’ve got for you this week! Have a great weekend!

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