Last year, I stumbled upon a blog that captivated me. Whenever I had a few moments of "me" time, I would get on the computer and click around her website. I would save her posts to my computer for her ingenious ideas. I could incorporate these ideas in my life. I clicked on some other links to find more blogs.
Then, it hit me. I realized. I have found my people! We all do not have unlimited resources. But, we still want to live in beautiful homes. This journey led me to believe that I too can play on this "playground".
( I must first say, that I give of up to those who post on a "scheduled" or even regular basis. Blogging is time consuming. You have to be prepared with ideas. You need to have the forethought to get your materials ready. You need to take pictures of your process. Upload, beautify, personalize, and document. Holy snap! I never thought the process would be so involved. You all make it look so beautiful and easy!)
Maybe it is the fact I have "perfect" in my title!?! But I haven't blogged in forever because everything wasn't "perfect". My pictures weren't cropped. My logo wasn't watermarked on my uploaded pictures. The room was a hot
Why couldn't I convince myself to post? Honestly, my surroundings aren't what I want to present as a representation of me. After some reflection I realize all of that stuff doesn't truly matter. At least the whole "it has to be perfect" thought. The point -at least for me- is to work towards having a home and life I love! So even if my posts aren't "perfect" I am going to share!
Thanks to the few of you who have stuck by me while I was missing! We have been working for years to live within our means and repay our debt. I can thankfully say in 2011 that has happened! It was a long road and I feel so blessed. Staying out of debt is a new game that I struggle with daily. I have to tell myself "no" and wait until I can get that new shiny lamp! Thrift stores allow me to use my creativity to make my home more like I want it to be without breaking the bank! Once again, like I said earlier, I have found my people!
Looking back, last year had so many wonderful things happen! My focus drive and determination allowed me to win an all-inclusive trip with my husband and I to Las Vegas. Our family was able to take our first ever vacation together! I was able to see my sister who lives far away. What a great year! We didn't sell our house. The loss we would have to take is unbearable. For now, we will stay put. It is a strain on our family because the commute to our jobs are long. But, without the sacrifice we wouldn't be where we are today. I believe everything happens for a reason. In the meantime, I am going to make this house our home. I hope to document the journey with all of you!
My goal this year is to be more consistent with this outlet. You will have to bear with me while I *refine* my approach to blogging. While I *refine* my surroundings to be more reflective of me and my family! This year I want to organize, simplify, and *refine*!
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