Buckle up! I’ve got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. I am so, super excited about some changes I’m making to my blog, this year!! My paragraph titles will give you a good idea of where I’m going with it, if ya don’t feel like reading my life’s blog story.;)
A Little Background, First….
For those of you that don’t know, I rather reluctantly started this whole style blog thing a few years ago for my online personal styling company, Style Me Perfect. People kept urging me to start one, and once I started, I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed it, and what huge difference it made for the visibility of my company! However, despite its success, I made a tough decision to close SMP’s doors, last February, simply because I had more on my plate than I could handle (this hasn’t changed!). I do intend to re-open SMP sometime in the future, but I’m just not exactly sure when, as of yet.
That said, a pure style blog, which made sense for my personal styling company, no longer resonates for me, personally. I’ve been super inspired, and busy re-thinking and re-steering my blog course, lately. I loooove styling, and I still continue to work as a stylist for my little roster of the best clients ever, so I will always incorporate style into my posts, promise.
While style is a fun creative outlet for me, my real life revolves around my home, my family, and my kids, right now. In this particular phase of my life, they’re literally with me 24/7, and I want to invite you into my true, real world with me, this year – if you want to, of course! This idea terrified me, even just a year ago. The idea of making myself, as a mama, vulnerable to scrutiny, along with my kiddos, was a bit scary for me (and there IS scrutiny – even for a tiny blog like mine! Unfortunately, there are just some plain, mean humans out there, and there always will be), so I took baby steps with it this past year, and was so very pleased with how welcoming my followers were/are with my family-related posts (I just love them/you for that – thank you!!)! So, more of that will be happening this year, for sure. I’ve received a lot of questions about homeschooling, and what kind of books I use, etc… So, I’ll be letting you in on that little, but hugely significant world of ours, as well. Travel/adventures will also be a part of my family category; although, they’ll likely be few, and closer to home this year, as we have our hands super full getting our house move-in ready!! But bigger travels are on the horizon, as this is a very strong passion of mine.
I’ll also be adding home design and decor to the blog mix, as we go along this building, and moving in process! We’ll be moving in, this summer – I can’t believe it!! (Cuz, our house currently has no roof on it!!) I’ll be sharing some of our plans, selections, as well as my story-boarding process with some of the rooms (which I’ve already started working on), so you can see what we’re up to before we move in. Before and after shoots will definitely be in the mix, too – I can’t wait!!
So. Cooking. This is the most humongous life change for me!! Like monolithic. I’ve always hated even the idea cooking; it made me feel claustrophobic, and never even slightly appealed to me. Maybe it’s the idea of living in a farmhouse soon that’s bringing out my inner culinary (that I had no idea existed), but, just a couple of weeks ago, completely out-of-the-blue, I felt inspired to start creating meals and actually cook. This inspiration only amplified when I discovered the perfect meal/recipe/cooking app fit for me, along with online grocery shopping with valet pick-up!!! Seriously, I can just pull into a parking spot, and they bring me all my groceries, during a time window I designate, without getting even one child out of the car!!!! For only $5 extra!!! I mean, are they for real?? I want to freaking kiss Fred Meyer’s toes (it’s a grocery store, here, not a man). Game changer. Life changer. I even signed up for a yoga class!! I’ve never taken yoga, and haven’t worked out since before my first child was born – about 10 years ago! And I just tried eyelash extensions for the very first time yesterday, on a complete whim (cuz they look fun!)! So, I’m kind of all like, Who am I?? And I what have I done with Me and Myself?? Except I’ve honestly never felt more like myself. It’s like I finally fit, and fill out my life-role clothes…..
It all feels so right, so Me, so God. The Lord has been working, working, working in and all around me this past year, and it’s been so freeing to just say, “Yes, Lord.” To all of it. My husband and I will be starting and leading a new community group (fancy word for fellowship and bible study) with our neighbor besties, this evening, as well, and I’m really excited to get more deeply connected with our wonderful new church, and to make meaningful, and hopefully, lifer-relationships in the process.
All this to say, I’d love to have you bebop along with me on this little, but genuine journey of mine! I can’t thank those of you enough that have taken time to encourage me along the way – it has genuinely meant so very much to me. For a shy, introverted girl at heart, this blogging thing has never been easy for me, but it has surprisingly turned out to be one of the best instruments to challenge and grow me in areas where I need/needed to be pushed, and stretched, and sometimes just flat out snapped in two.
A hearty thanks to you for being a big part of that, for being here.
If you still are here after all this verbiage (bless you), here’s a little style post of what I call my Winter Sorbet look. I craaaave color this time of year, with all this white winter in full effect! The Anthro sweater I’m wearing is a dream. It’s heavy, yet not bulky, and silky soft. And I love the bell sleeves!! A perfect winter perk-me-up.:)
Also, love this fun scarf!! It’s still sold out, but I’ll let ya know if it gets re-stocked.
Blessings to you,
Stylist + Mum x 4
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