We had a flood in January and I thought to write about it a million times. Each time I began it just somehow didn’t feel right. I realized somewhere along the way I lost sight of this blog and what it was for our family and what I had meant for it to be. What started as a journal about two diy’ers who created a home for themselves became a forgotten and rarely updated place. Mike and I are great. This isn’t me saying our lives have changed very drastically in some way. Rather, this is me, opening up to you, about the trials of owning this little place on the internet.
Each year I pay to keep this site going, and as long as I am able to, I always will. But I struggle with what to do with this space now that we have moved away from the first house we built. I want to give you more. I started sharing more of our day to day nuances on Instagram, hoping to transition more content there. However, I have found it’s a never ending hamster wheel of constantly trying to keep up with new content. Content that I cannot possibly create without sacrificing my time with my family. It sucks you in and it’s hard to get out. Then, once you’ve created the content, you’re lucky if it is even viewed. After three years of consistently showing up in that space I’m embarrassed by how little I have to show for it.
Had I spent the same amount of time here, sharing our new journey, my growth as a designer, mother, wife, friend, and our growth as a family I feel like I could have been truer to myself and gained whatever it was I was searching for somewhere else.
So, I guess this is my apology. To myself and to this site. I owe you more. I want to be better. If this is supposed to be here when I’m old and longing to look back and remember our lives, I need to be here and talk about it.
The next few weeks/months there is going to be small and maybe some big changes on this site-hopefully for the better. I need to work on reorganizing the old content so that I can find a way to integrate new content I’d like to share.
I want to share more about our family life, what it’s like being a mom to twins, teenage girls, a wife to a firefighter, a nurse/designer and a serial diy who tries to do everything herself (even failing at blogging). I want to share tips on styling your home, where you can find the best deals and how to build like we do. I’d love to share what is inspiring me and what I’m working on. And I want to do it on a platform that doesn’t disappear or become irrelevant in 15 minutes.
If you’re reading this and you want to be a part of what I have planned please sign up for email updates. I’m going to be putting together a newsletter and I’d love to share it with you.
Oh, and yeah. We had a flood in January. A fire sprinkler pipe burst. Who would have thought we’d be remodeling this house as soon as we just finished remodeling it. As usual Mike with the jokes reminded me, “Everyone thought that Joannie. Everyone.”
Cheers to new adventures my friends. Until next time.