Here we are. 18 months in. What a crazy 18 months it’s been. When I started this blog 18 months ago this week, I thought about 2 months ahead (no further). I had dreams and wishes, but how it’s turned out to be just so much more than that. This blog has changed my life. Well, I’ve changed my life because of this blog, really. It makes me want to work hard and chase my dreams.
It’s also helped me to get a grip on my dreams. To remind me that perfection is overrated and things that are so perfect that you have to walk on eggshells around them are never going to be as fun as the mess that comes with a water balloon fight or playing with glitter. That laughter at cake fails and the stories you tell about them that make you cry with collective laughter years later are what really matter in the long run.
Sometimes it’s still hard for me to let go of the ideal that is a home in a perfect magazine shoot or the expensive designer couches that would cost more than a car. But finding what my happy home is really made up of (and what I want it to be made up of) has been amazing for me. It’s hard to remember a time where Style for a Happy Home wasn’t what I got up and worked on every day.
This year hasn’t been an easy one. There’s been illness and injury and my confidence has taken a hit more than once. But there have been some great things that have happened too. New friendships have been made and others have become stronger than ever before. I was invited on stage at one of my favourite conferences to talk about how I grew my Pinterest following and it was ace! I have launched ebooks and online classes and been an ‘expert’ for another online class. I’ve worked with some great brands and met some lovely new people. Swings and roundabouts.
I love the opportunities that this blog gives me. I get to do some really fun stuff. I get to share what I know about organisation and I get to try some DIYs and mini makeovers that the perfectionist in my never would have had the guts to try. And all sorts of things in between. I get to hang out with my best friend on a week day afternoon when she’s in town, and I get to take sick days when I sick (a completely underrated benefit of working for yourself). Sometimes, I even get to dress up and go to fancy events.
I love that for the most part, working on this blog is fun and energising. Sometimes it feels relentless, 3 posts every week (no matter what) can do that, but I always know that there’s nothing I’d rather be doing instead. I’ve got some big dreams for this space and for me. Things that I’m working on now but might take years before they make it to the blog. There’s something a bit cool about long term planning. It gives you a chance to breathe, a chance to chip away at a huge project knowing that if you just keep at it, in 6 months you will be able to look back and see how far you’ve come.
I love this little space of mine and I love the future it’s helping me to create. It’s made me feel braver than I have in a long time and ready to step it up for another 18 months or more. Thank YOU for being a part of it. Whether you read every post or just the ones that interest you. Thanks for helping to make this possible. It means a lot to me that you’re here.
Do you have a favourite SFAHH post? I’d love to know.