12/14/2017

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

When I last left off, I explained how we only have about a month to go until we’re able to start moving into our new home. We sold our first house mid-March and have been with my parents ever since. I am looking forward to the move (although, I really will miss seeing my mom every day) and I can’t wait to get us all organized for the new year.

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Here is phase two of the Progress Updates. You can see that the big stuff is pretty much ready to go, and now we are just waiting on the fun stuff like the interior design choices. I love this stage when the house goes from a construction zone to a home!

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

 

12/11/2017

Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Welcome to another Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did a lot of holiday activities, including Breakfast with Santa (the breakfast part went well, the Santa part not so much lol), went Christmas shopping, baked cookies and holiday treats, wrapped gifts, and watched plenty of Christmas movies. It was wonderful and memorable! It’s such a special season of life right now with our babies, and Tim and I are really trying to soak in these moments. I post a lot of things on Social Media that don’t end up on the blog (Feel free to follow me on Facebook and Instagram if you don’t already)!, but at the end of last week I had a few thoughts on Social Media that I wanted to share. It turns out that a lot of you feel the way I do, too.

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This post from Lindsay, the blogger behind Midwest Blonde, really resonated with me. She referenced her experience while blogging, but I also thing it hits so many emotions behind Social Media too. If you have some time, make sure you take a minute to read the post. Even if you aren’t a blogger or Social Media Influencer, I can guarantee her thoughts will resonate if you have any sort of internet presence.

As I mentioned above, this post touched my heart and encouraged me to take a look at my own Social Media and blogging usage. I wrote these thoughts on this Instagram post on Friday, but I thought they were worth sharing here as well. It’s difficult to find a work-life balance for me, especially since so much of it is intertwined. However, I am bound and determined to find as close of a balance as I can, and I hope to always stay connected to how I feel about my usage. This means an effort to have less mindless scrolling and wasted time, and more of a present presence (even online) and a directed use while I’m logged-in.

Here was my post on Instagram that seemed to resonate with a lot of my followers: 

Social Media: The good, the bad and the ugly. A place to see beautiful places and things. To have a sneak peek into the lives of others. For reality television fans (thank you The Bachelor and Fixer Upper!) so many of us enjoy seeing Behind the Scenes within the Feeds.

However, Social Media can also be addicting, leading to feelings of envy or inferiority, and may waste so much precious time. It can be difficult not to compare or imagine what it would be like to live there or have that. Finding a balance of fulfilling a creative and joyful space, while protecting your own heart and mind is crucial. As a blogger and someone whose jobs depend on staying connected, I need to utilize Social Media to grow, but I must do so in a responsible way.

Building a large organic growth these days is hard – really hard. All the changes in algorithms and ‘pay-to-play’ posts can be hard to compete with and leave one feeling frustrating. There are days I feel spent and burnt out trying to grow by simply sharing my posts. When my posting doesn’t feel like a good representation of me, or when a level of engagement can make or break a moment, it is time to take a step back and put down the phone.

I have so many wonderful things happening in my life right now. Many of which I have prayed for and hoped for all my life – and now it exists! Being aware of when my focus shifts away from what matters is key. I will absolutely continue to post, and comment, and follow, and share (because I love creativity, the written word, and the encouragement found in so many of the Feeds I follow), but the mindless scrolling must be controlled. Thank you to my friend @lindsayannejohnson for her sweet heart and thoughtful words on this topic! It gave me the nudge I needed to evaluate my use of Social Media, and reminded me that what’s happening outside the screen is truly what matters. ❤

12/08/2017

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Hello! I have been meaning to write a new Home Building Series post for awhile now. Honestly though, after we made the big decisions like exterior and interior design, the color palette for both, the kitchen and bathrooms’ cabinets and countertops, and the flooring choices, things went quiet for a bit.

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Right now we are currently waiting to MOVE into our home. I am so incredibly excited! The current timeline for the big move is looking like early to mid-January. This is perfect because we’ll be able to enjoy the holidays and then start the new year with a fresh, clean slate (and house)! I always love planning and organizing in the early parts of the new year anyways, and I can’t wait to unpack and arrange everything. Truly making our home look and feel like a home is a top priority at this time!

Currently we have most of the large stuff done and are anxiously awaiting the finishing touches. Today I wanted to show what the progress looked like initially. I should have shown more of these progress shots along the way, but time simply got away from me as we had a busy summer prepping for baby number two, and this fall has been all about finding our routine as a family of four. I am going to break down the progress updates into two posts for now, and then will continue to update as more progress is made. I also plan on doing a fun room-by-room tour once we get in, and I can’t wait to decorate all the rooms slowly, with intention, purpose and a lot of love.

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 1