When I started this blog back on June 11 (24 weeks ago), I had that first post, a design I was proud of and a very basic plan (post twice a week about making homes happier and learning to love the imperfections). I was so lost after my plans to live overseas didn’t turn out and I didn’t really know what I wanted from life other than that I wanted to build something bigger and look for the silver linings. The blog became my focus and in so many ways it has already changed me for the better.
I don’t really have many memories of those first few months. It’s all a bit of a blur. I just worked on the blog like it was a business and the more I worked on it the more energy it gave me and the happier I started to feel. I keep wondering when that will leave me. The first lull came just before the Problogger conference. I was worried that I’d lost it. But I spent 3 amazing days with people who believed in me and people who were making their own dreams come true and it re-ignited my fire for this blog and I started planning not just for the rest of this year, but for the whole of 2014!
This blog challenges me to come up with mini makeovers that I think will be useful to you. It challenges me to make my home a happier and easier to live in (and if you ever saw it, you’d understand how huge of a challenge that really is). It challenges me to be ok with things not being perfect and remembering to just laugh and live in the moment and stop always dreaming of how great life will be if I could just [insert something hugely ambitious here].
I’ve never been great at celebrating where I am. I’m always caught worrying that I’ll either get over-excited or feel like I’m getting too big for my boots. It’s a difficult habit to break (the not celebrating) and I think so necessary to find a happy medium. This blog is teaching me that it’s ok to do a happy dance when I reach a little milestone or tell the world when something awesome happens. I’m not throwing a parade, just sharing my excitement with the others around me – and that’s not actually a bad thing.
I have big plans for this blog, on where I want to take it and how I want to grow with it. There’s space here for a little community to grow. A safe space where imperfection is ok and laughter and joy are favoured over perfect and serious. It probably seems frivolous and silly, but I hope that this blog will make a difference. Not always an in-your-face profound one, but one that comes into someone’s home and tells them I think they’re doing an awesome job and that happy people are more important than spotless kitchens and that your cake fail is fricken awesome because you dared to try something out of your comfort zone (and who cares what it looks like if it tastes ok or if you at least tried!).
This blog is a reminder to myself to slow the hell down, relax and that I’m doing ok. Who knew that a blog could change my world for the better?! I can’t wait to share with you what I have in store over the coming months.
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