Life at my house has been going through many changes this week. You know that expression – “When it rains, it pours”. Well in my case, I should say – “When the sun comes out –it shines” since everything that has been happening this week is good.
The most exciting change is that Ed has landed a temporary consulting job in Boston. Nice thing about it – he can also work from home. He has been consulting with many start-up companies without pay over the last few years to keep his feet in the game, but it is nice that he finally landed with an established company. He will have to travel quite a bit, but not live in Boston. Also on the horizon is a permanent job – that would require us to move – which we are OK with. We should know about that soon. I like and need this kind of change – no more living in limbo. I have been doing it for so long, I forget what life is like without the “in-transition” cloud hanging over us.
Another exciting change – I finally finished stenciling the walls in my foyer last weekend. I started a year ago, yes – I will admit it – a year ago. The foyer is two stories and I would have to hire someone to paint it. I decided to accent the short walls with an all-over stencil design to add some interest to the space. I wrote about how I did it on my latest post over at Momtastic.com
There are also some changes going on with my blog design. You may notice small changes over the next week or two. After blogging for 3 1/2 years I have a lot of posts. I am having new navigation put in so that whatever it is you are looking for, it will be much easier to find. Project galleries by category, drop down menus, and easier search.
Now on to some FAQ’s:
Many of you leave me comments asking, “How I get so much done”, “Do I ever sleep?”, and “What my day is like being a blogger?” I wanted to answer these so you realize that I truly don’t do it all.
The number one reason I am able to get a lot accomplished is that I can focus on my own pursuits and can choose exactly how I am going to fill each day. Since both my daughters are grown and living far away, I don’t have any kid activities to fill my daily schedule or to work around anymore. As much as I loved raising them and being around for them, it is kind of nice being able to put the focus back on my interests. I still have to juggle many things, but they are mostly focused on my own interests, passion, and activities.
Since leaving my retail display job over a year and a half ago, I have also become the “boss of me”. This is the best role to have. Blogging has brought me so many wonderful opportunities, but being able to run my own business the way I want – is the best part.
I look at blogging and creating projects every week as my job. It is no different from what I did when I worked in display, only now I get paid more, can work whenever I want, and don’t have to follow a corporate playbook. I get to do it all in my own style.
Currently, I am working on 7 projects – some big, others small. Each one I have to do in steps or it requires paint that takes time to dry – so I keep moving from project to project. I have paint supplies set up in one room, new window treatments going up in another, supplies that need to go back to the basement until needed again. I literally have a creative mess going on in every room, it is just the way a DIY blogger’s house looks when the creating is being done. It is how my workshop in the store where I worked always looked.
Even back before I was blogging, when friends and family would come over to visit, they would always ask “What are you working on now? Can I see? My house would not be my home without a creative mess going on somewhere. What you see on the blog is my 9-5. If you have a 9-5 job, then you get a lot done there, you just don’t write up posts about it for all to read about on a blog.
When I worked in display, I woke up 5 days a week at 5:30 to get to the store by 7. I worked until 4. On an average day, I had to be on the computer to get my visual directives. I had to shop for supplies, create, paint, design, and photograph the displays I did. I went to JoAnn’s for fabric, the craft store for supplies, and the hardware store for paint and tools. I had a store budget that I could not exceed and a big workspace to execute what I needed to create.
Now, I do basically the same thing, but I can work at midnight if I want and in my pajamas or yoga pants. I still have to shop for supplies and need to watch my budget. I create on a daily basis, the only difference is that I am doing it for myself and you my reader and not for a retail store anymore. I do have to edit photos and write up posts now, but I enjoy the process. It is by far the best job I have ever had because I followed my passion. Making my dream a reality is the hardest work I’ve ever done and I wouldn’t trade it for any other job I’ve had.
Working from home does allow flexibility which is an extremely nice option to have. At some point today, I have to stop work to get the guest room livable – clean sheets and towels. We have a friend coming to stay with us this weekend. Which means I have to remove all the postponed decisions that I pile up in the room, until I know what to do with them. If the peonies growing outside in the garden decide to bloom in the next two days – I will add a vase of them to brighten the room. They just might – it is going to be in the 90’s here until Monday!
Now, if I want to have a project post for you tomorrow, I have to get back to my 9-5. Today that means painting.