Yes, I like inspiring images just like the rest of you. Yes, I love DIY projects for my own home, yes, I enjoy the friends I have met virtually through blogs and letting my design personna loose via blog writing, and you must know, I'm obsessed with decorating, but...
after all the blog pictures, inspiration from looking at rooms galore, fabrics, pretty" things" and endless hours of online virtual shopping, getting my own home "portfolio ready" (which may never happen 100%), and working with clients, there if LIFE. There are these people,
(yes I made them dress up in matching shirts over Christmas, and they will kill me if they see this on the internet) and others near and dear to me that I sometimes don't have time for. Why not? What is more precious?
Spending time with my husband more than time on the computer, that's more important, or going to the gym with my daughter or doing non-business outings with she and her husband, or visiting my son two hours away (that Ive only done once in 8 months). Have you ever found that hours on the computer (reading blogs) leads to difficulty "turning it all" off and getting REAL sleep? It happens to me quite frequently. My husband had to remind me of this.
I've written drafts of posts many times like this and never published them. Did I think you wouldn't understand or that you only wanted to hear about decorating? Well, all of us have lives outside of our blogs, and the snippets of those lives and letting outsiders "in" is what makes us gravitate towards certain others who do the same. Anyone can post a picture of an inspiring room, but how we relate to the person writing the blog is what I am looking for. I don't want to be part of a clique, or get caught in the cross fire of people not wanting to be my 'virtual' friend because they didn't like an opinion we shared. Isn't it about being kind to one another and sharing beautiful ideas and images and trying to be original and offer inspiration and not loosing ourselves in the meantime? Be true to yourself, phew---easier said than done.
I love this outlet of blogging and finding like-minded design crazy and artistic people to get to know. There are bumps and bruises along the way I'm finding, and now that we are starting our third year of blogging, we are trying to find balance in all things important to us, personally and in business.
Spring is almost here and a wonderful time for renewal and some bright and fresh change. I think we are all a little bored with the rough winter we've had weather-wise.
Tell me, do you want to hear about bloggers personal lives, or just keep it all on 'the surface'? How much should we all share? I for one feel a need to keep it light- but often real life is much heavier than that. I like 'short and sweet' to read, but that can seem so 'fake'. What do you think?
Have a great weekend and good luck to Bethany and her Seamus in the dogshow this weekend!