Today, I’m tackling redecorating my teenage son’s room and let me tell you…it was no small feat. What made it tricky is not that he wanted things I couldn’t give him but that he DIDN’T want things I wanted to give him. With the girl child’s room, she had an overload of ideas and her room is over-decorated…the boy is the opposite. Both were a challenge but, I have made a point to let them have almost total say over what their rooms look like (with some exceptions of course…like posters must be framed, etc..).
The reason I decided to redecorate the boy’s room is because it just wasn’t functional for him at this stage in his life. He’s about to start high school, he’s in the marching band, and he’s getting taller…all of these things meant his room needed a few changes.
One of our favorite things to do as a family during the summer is go to the beach, and this year we decided to splurge a little and go to South Padre Island instead of Corpus Christi/Port Aransas (which are much closer and less expensive to stay at) because SPI has the best beaches in Texas. It takes an extra two hours to get there but we love it so much, it’s worth the trip.
We were so excited to leave Sunday morning and the kids even woke up a little early without fuss. The drive there was great and we got to the hotel right at check-in time. We got to our lovely room overlooking the ocean and started to unpack our bathing suits so we could head straight to the beach.
I am not…I repeat…NOT…a landscaper by any means nor am I a gardener. Shoot…I don’t even have a green thumb and I certainly don’t enjoy getting my hands covered in dirt but…I do love a beautifully landscaped yard and since it’s not currently in the budget to hire someone…I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.
**And by “I” I mean “we” and most of the “we” would be the husband. But it was my idea and I did pick the plants, plan the layout, and put the plants in the holes he dug so…I’m legit.**
As I was looking for pictures to add to this post that was supposed to be about my landscaping project, I came across some pieces I had written for my husband years ago. One for our 8th anniversary, one for our 9th, and one for his 34th birthday and I realized…I haven’t written like that in awhile. I haven’t sat down at my computer or picked up a pen and just written anything poetic in some time.
I forgot I could do that. I guess I just have been so busy doing other things and being creative in other ways, I forgot. I forgot I can be poetic. I forgot I had that in me.
I guess I have used that part of me to write songs as of late but because I was under deadlines and hoping I would find inspiration to guide me to write something that people would remember and love, I felt I was constantly searching.
All this time…I had it in me. I just forgot.
When I first started blogging, someone told me that I should be aware of the cliques that exist amongst the popular bloggers. I was warned that the “big” bloggers were very exclusive and I should not expect much from them. I have only been blogging for a little over a year and I am nowhere near being a “big” blogger. Nowhere. Near.
With that said, this is what I have observed through my own experiences…however limited they may be.
I have met some of the big bloggers and they were kind and generous and personable. I was welcomed into circles of people who had way more subscribers and readers and experience and was never asked about any of that. We laughed together. We cried together. We sat in a room together each on our personal devices and engaged in social media together without protest.
I have seen outpourings of love and support and encouragement when another fellow blogger has endured a hardship or a tragedy. I have witnessed social media flooded with requests for prayer for other bloggers and funds set up to help them in tragic situations.
People who don’t even know each other all reaching out to one of our fellow bloggers in their moment of need or of pain or of hopelessness…across the country and sometimes across the world…this community of women has banded together time after time in what I can only describe as an act of love and genuine compassion.
I know the person who gave me the “heads up” about the “big” bloggers had the greatest of intentions and perhaps felt that was their experience and I do not fault them at all. However, I can say, I am so proud and humbled to be a miniscule part of this grand and beautiful community of bloggers. I am proud to be associated with people who use their social media platform to help others. And it hasn’t just been limited to help for other bloggers but to broader social causes as well.
These women are strong, courageous, generous, brilliant, and loving and I am happy to know them even if only though a computer screen. And to the ones I know personally…
Thank you. Thank you for showing me that we’re all the same. We are all women who want to use our voices to encourage one another, to vent to like minds, and to share what we have created in order to inspire each other. Whether we have hundreds of thousands of readers or only one…we are all part of this community and each voice is important.
This is what was on my heart and mind today. Thank you for reading and indulging me in this moment.
Until next time…
Hello!! What a month April has been! Between doing VEDA (Vlog Everyday in April), Easter rehearsals and weekend, and getting the kids through standardized testing week…it’s been a very busy and fun month.
I haven’t had a lot of time to write but I do have some things in mind for the month of May that I hope all of you will enjoy. I’m so looking forward to the last month of school and getting my ducks in a row for summer.
I have a few plans for projects and crafts for the house and I am excited to share them with you as I finish them. We’re going to reorganize our garage, add landscaping to the backyard, and do a few art projects I saw on Pinterest. Should make for a fantastic summer!
I thought I’d share my last vlog for VEDA with you here so you can see what I’ve been up to this month.
Hope you enjoyed the video and that you subscribed to my channel! I have lots of ideas for great videos ahead and I don’t want you to miss any of them.
Thanks for reading and (hopefully) subscribing to my blog!
Until next time…
Earlier this year, I set some goals for myself. Actually, it was in January to be exact…so original, I know. Some of the goals, I shared and some I kept to myself. One of the goals I kept to myself until today is what I’m going to share in this blog post.
I’m sure right about now you’re shouting at your screen, “Tell us, woman!! We need to know!!” and I hear you, I do. Therefore, I will cut right to the chase and let you in on one of my top secret goals. Okay, well…maybe not TOP secret but you know…sorta kinda secret anyway.
Happy Monday, friends! I thought I’d do a quick little post highlighting some of my newest décor updates for ya! I recently went on an online mission to find new dining chairs at a reasonable price and scored big time at my favorite store…you guessed it…Target!!
I also updated some of the décor around my console wall in the living room by adding a few little inexpensive pieces along with a couple of my favorite photos.
Sometimes, it just takes a little research and some digging around your own home to find that little bit of extra pizzazz a space needs. I spent very little money on these updates but I think they make a huge difference.
Hello again, friends! I have had a busy couple of weeks between learning and writing new music and Spring Break…I got behind on my blog writing. But I’m back in a big way today! I have finally accomplished a decorating goal I have been longing to complete for a couple of years at least! It was my least favorite room in my house and now, I love it!
Wanna know what it is??
When I was a little girl, I had an idea of my “dream” bedroom. I wanted a beautiful canopy bed with a pink canopy and matching comforter. I dreamed of a room full of soft pillows and pastel pinks. I wanted a big white wicker chair to lounge on and a beautiful white desk with a glass top to do my homework on. I seriously had it all planned out in my mind. I never got that room but I hoped that one day, I’d have a little girl and I would make her room my dream room.
So, when it came time to upgrade my daughter’s room from a nursery/toddler room to a “big girl” room…I was ecstatic! I could finally have my dream room and live vicariously through my little girl!
Except for one little problem…