Today's Fess Up Friday guest is my lovely friend Kim from Kim Macumber Interiors. I always love my conversations with Kim because she is such a calming and supportive force in this little blog world we live in. Those qualities on top of her amazing design career and her eye for style is why I'm excited to say, Kim... Fess Up!
Happy Friday my friends … I am thrilled that Elizabeth asked me to join in on Fess Up Friday.
It's about my struggles with Illusion and coming to terms with why I blog!
Well, okay … here you go.
Well, okay … here you go.
Why do you blog? Don asks me occasionally.
Don: Do you get business from it? Me: mmm. No.
Don: Does it make you money? Me: mmm. No.
Don: It's a lot of work … what do you get from it?
Me: I like the friendships and inspiration.
I will go out on a limb and state that I am probably not the only one who feels this way.
Blogging has given me a network of like minded women and men. Who love design, to change things up, to create a beautiful life … for ourselves, our families and our clients and readers. Also, working for yourself sometimes is lonely. I feel as if I have a team with me on a daily basis through blogging.
So then the real question to myself.
1. A Blogger who Designs?
2. A Designer who Blogs?
I am a designer who blogs, which took the ownness off of having to blog everyday. … so I have given myself a little leeway and sometimes only get one or two posts up a week. My goal is 3. But it is a self - inflicted goal. No one is judging me or paying/not paying if I don't. Incredible amount of freedom if we let ourselves believe it.
But I will tell you … It's the Behind the Scenes that I have enjoyed and find most fulfilling.
Everyone posts such gorgeous photos … but there is so much more going on in the background of all of our photos and lives.
I happen to be in the Sandwich Gap. Taking care of my 87 year old father, which could be a full time job. Taking care of our four children. Erin just out of college. Callie in her first year at College. Christopher about to head into his senior year in High School and Sammy beginning High School next year.
You all can relate to the prayers and time and effort to keep these people safe, making right decisions, keeping them healthy, hoping the guidance you gave them will ring in their ears when they are on their own. Not being able to fall asleep at night until you hear the last one come in and come to say goodnight. And a Father who now needs me physically more than the kids do … Doctors appointments, dentist appointments, medical needs, things I couldn't have imagined.
And through the Behind the Scenes lives of bloggers (like me) it might in reality look like this …
But we carve out a special vignette. Just like we all carve out a special moment in our day to live and soak in the blessings.
A vignette that delights our senses and keeps us moving.
It's the client projects, the rearranging of furniture and painting kitchen cabinets and Challenges like Linda's ORC that keep me sane. The friendships that develop through commenting that connect me to beautiful people like Elizabeth.
Blogging has saved me time and money in a therapist office … through my projects, the pretty vignettes and the friendships along the way. So when the real vision isn't quite so pretty … I know where to go to feel refreshed.
Making the World More Beautiful. One Room at a Time.
Here here Kim! So well said. So, if you are a blogger, why do you blog? And if you are a reader, why do you read (blogs)?