Blogging & Around the Casa

July 7, 2015

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After the longest break I’ve ever taken blogging I’m happy to say that I’m back and that I have missed it very much.  I feel like the break was really needed because lots has happened in these last few months and I’d love to say I have things figured out a little more than when I decided to take the break but I don’t.  The good news is I’m learning it doesn’t have to be and I can still blog while I figure it out.

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(Some progress in the kitchen, loving my new gray ceramic subway tile!)

One thing I know is that I’ve become picky about my design clients.  In the beginning I felt like I had to say yes to everyone.  Now I say yes only when I know it’s going to be a good fit for both of us.  I’m getting ready to work on 2 bathroom remodels and am super excited to get going!!

I know that after my daughter, Sloan graduates from high school in 2016, I still want to sell our house and downsize.  Her impending graduation really has gotten me thinking about the things that matter and spending hours everyday cleaning and working on projects is not what I want to focus my time on.  I also want to start spending money on fewer quality items instead of lots of items to fill a large home.  I want to love everything I bring into my home.

This year has been rough and down right horrible and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to focus on my family.  My daughter’s high school volleyball coach died unexpectedly in the middle of her season.  She has had a very hard time dealing with it, he’s been a huge part of her life since she was in 7th grade.  To make matters worse during her club season she injured her knee very badly and had to have surgery in May.  So now she will probably only get to play 1 or 2 games her senior year.  On the bright side she will be able to play club ball to prepare for college.  Watching my daughter suffer both physically and emotionally has been the hardest thing I’ve done as her mom.  To her volleyball isn’t something to fill her time, it’s her passion, it’s her release and it’s her happy place.

sloan hospital

I have to of course post a pretty photo of her to make up for her hospital photo!!

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I also became overwhelmed in the beginning of the year because I got caught up in what others were doing on their blogs, jealous of opportunities I was missing out on and overwhelmed with the house always having a project going on.  Taking care of my home which has always been a passion of mine was turning out to be a job and blogging wasn’t fun anymore.

During these months away I’ve been working on the house and organizing and purging and falling in love with my home again and making peace with my issues (and genuinely happy for my fellow blogging friends) and I think that’s why I started missing writing and came to the realization that I need to make it a point to focus more on me and less on what others are doing.

I’ve been reading this

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I’m pretty organized but had an ah ha moment about organizing all things at once (all clothes, all papers, etc.) instead of room by room.  I hope to write more about my purging, organization and downsizing.

I realized just because we have decided to move in a year I didn’t have to stop making our home work better for us.  I also decided to finish some projects like this thrift store table I purchased for $7.00!  This is the first time I’ve used chalk paint!

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Next up is my living room.  I want to streamline it a bit, it’s looking a little hodge podge.  Here’s a few things I have in mind!

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I know I’m a bit all over the place on this first post back but I hope you stick with me and follow me on our new adventures!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!!

Also if you noticed you’re not getting my posts on bloglovin’ please sign back up either here or my sidebar!  I don’t think I’m going to have a strict posting guideline so having my post pop up on your feed is probably best!  Thanks so much!!



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