Oh my goodness! Here I am all different but the same!
My first post as Hey There, Home and I can’t tell you how good it feels! Hence the use of 3 exclamation marks 3 sentences in. What can I say this girl is excited! (The proof is in the image.)
photo by my super awesome friend Aniko of Place of My Taste
If you would have told me 2 ½ years ago, when I started this blog, that someday over 150 thousand people a month would pop in to read what I had to say, I wouldn’t have believed you. I mean, seriously, back then I was stoked to see that 10 people had come by in a day. What a journey it has been and to say I feel blessed just doesn’t do it justice.
This “job” of mine really is the best of both worlds.
Before having kids I was a teacher. I made the decision to stop teaching when my first kiddo was born and for those first few years I went eyeballz deep into all things mommy-mode.
It was awesome. I didn’t take the opportunity lightly, but I never really stopped to pay attention to the other parts of me that make me, me.
Then kiddo number 2 came along and added to the busy and my heart grew beyond what I thought was even possible.
But, I was getting bored. There, I said it. (And yes, it made me feel guilty at first.) Until I realized that when I was a teacher, I had other interests that I made time for beyond my job. That was it!
I wasn’t a former teacher. IAM a teacher. As in, I think it is part of my DNA. I just had to find a new way to teach that didn’t mean leaving the current job I loved, being a full time mom.
When I was a classroom teacher, my subject matter came naturally to me. (I taught language. Spanish to English speakers, and English to non-native English speakers –the latter of which was my absolute favorite, my passion.)
That got me to thinking. What else comes naturally to me? What else do I love to do? Well shoot. Decorating my home!
I love all things home décor. More than that, I love designing a home that is beautiful but not at the expense of function.
After all, homes are meant to be lived in, not just looked at. Right?
Suddenly it was clear. Everyone has things that come naturally to them. Mine happen to be teaching, and decorating (wish I could add love of exercise to the list.)
So there it went. I set up a blog, named it sorta haphazardly, and pushed publish on my first post at the end of April of 2013. I posted about a few different things: home décor (of course,) kid activities, crafts, random stuff.
The home related posts were my favorite (and I didn’t love taking so many photos of my kids doing an activity when I really just wanted to be playing with them) so I started doing only posts related to home: home décor, diy projects, decorating tips, and entertaining.
And off I went. I hit my sweet spot and people started coming over!
I was just posting about things I know. But just a few months ago my brain was smacked with yet another HUGE realization and it is what sparked all of this change and excitement.
Remember when I helped my aunt re-do her master bathroom?
She had left her bathroom unusable for years. Way too many years. And the thing that was holding her back was that she didn’t know where to start. There were too many options, she didn’t exactly know how to even define what she wanted, and needed help.
My mom and I teamed up and helped her get it done. And when it was all done she LOVED it! It changed her life for the better and made her love her home again.
And even better, it pushed her to make other changes to her home because now she has more confidence. She does know what she likes and doesn’t like now, and she has made all of the big decisions with the re-do of that one room to set the rest of her home’s updates in motion.
And that right there is why I’m so passionate about home décor.
My hope is that this blog will inspire you to create a home you love and that works for everyone in your family, help you get started when you don’t know where to start, and provide easy-to-follow tutorials to create beautiful spaces and things for your home.
In celebration of my new blog name, I created a FREE project planning workbook to help you get started on your next project, big or small.
The biggest obstacle for me when it comes to finishing a project is time, something I’ve gotten better at once I realized that the key to is being organized.
The project planning workbook is full of tips for planning and executing your project and includes printables to organize everything related to your project from materials to timing.
The goal? Finish projects.
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