In two days time this blog will officially be 2 years old. TWO! It seems so weird that it’s been around so long and that it’s only been around two years, all at the same time. It’s so engrained in what I do each day that I forget what it was like before it was here. It has changed my life for the better, and I’m so thankful for it. That sounds weird because it’s a blog, but that’s how I feel.
Things have changed so much since it began on June 11, 2013. Back then, in those first few months I worried about having so little content for people to read. Now there are 293 posts (including this one). It taught me that I can set myself challenges that I can stick to. Today I completed one that I once thought impossible: Today marks 2 years of never missing a posting day.
For someone who’s been known to loose her love and enthusiasm for things 18 months into pretty much any project or job I’ve ever had 2 years feels more momentous that it probably should. I am still loving this little space I’m building and I struggle to picture what life would look like without it. I guess this is growing up.
This last two years haven’t been easy ones for me. There’s been so much change in the air, and that’s unlikely to be different any time soon, but it’s kind of cool to think that the blog will be here with me, and in a way for me, as I take the steps that hopefully get me closer to the life that I want to be living.
When I started this two years ago, I was thinking it would be more a place for interior design ideas and styling, but it took on a path where the happy home and living really became the focus. Which I realise now is where it’s meant to be. I love that it’s broad and narrow all at the same time. You’ll find some DIYs, but it’s not a DIY only blog. You’ll find practical tips and ideas about organising, but it’s not only about that. You’ll even find some ideas on how to deal when things aren’t going to plan or you’re feeling a bit lost, and I think I love those additions the most.
I love that it’s teaching me how a happy home is made up of so many parts, tangible and intangible. That sometimes a happy home is all about the laughter and the fun and making memories when things did and didn’t go to plan. That it also can be about pretty things that bring you joy. But that it’s also sometimes your safe place that shields you and protects you when things aren’t going to plan. It’s a place where you’re safe and free to just be you. Happy you and sad you. I think we all need that safe place.
Now comes the part where I tell you what’s next. But, to be honest, I’m not 100% sure yet. Things won’t be changing too much for the most part just yet. I’m retiring Pinterest Saturdays and replacing it with something new, but mini makeovers and the embracing imperfection series will continue. There’ll be some more new things as the year goes on and I’ll be launching the e-course again later in the year.
There’s more fun stuff I want to try too. Maybe video or podcasting or something fun like that. Probably more mini classes and maybe even something I haven’t thought of yet. It will be fun, whatever it is. I’m sure!
Then there’s the personal goals. The dream of moving to the country for a couple of years (or more) is still alive and well, and something I hope to be really working towards in the blog’s 3rd year. My love of running and strength training is still there too. There’s a long winter ahead, but I’m excited by all the little things that will get me closer to those goals.
And then there’s you, my lovely readers. I want to be bringing you great content that will help you to make your homes feel happier in a way that lets you do it your way. No “musts” just ideas that let you put your own stamp on it. I want this to be a place where you can come to find ways to embrace imperfection and to have more fun at home as well as practical ways to make it happen.
Thank you for being a part of the last two years, whether you’re a regular reader or new. This blog may not give me the “this is so new” jitters it once did, but now it’s like home to me, and a happy one at that. So, thank you for each time you read and for the comments, likes, shares and emails. I appreciate them all.
Here’s to another year of building upon this happy home foundation and to where it takes us.
Happy birthday Style for a Happy Home! Thanks for everything. x