Hey there. 🙂
I’m still here. I’ve been missing your (virtual) faces.
I know it’s been over a month since I’ve last posted. I guess you could say I’ve been easing into 2018. Some people may refer to it as laziness. 😉
I’m sure other blogs you follow have by now posted all about their top posts from 2017 or their grand plans for 2018. Or both. I’m not going to do the former and maybe I’ll chat about the latter, but I’m not sure quite yet where this post is headed.
Let’s talk about 2017 for a minute though. Not about the best DIY projects from the year or my favorite makeovers or anything “home” in general.
Y’all, 2017 started out pretty rough for our family. I’m not ready to talk about what happened, but it was an emotional roller coaster for me and I don’t know if there was a day in January and much of February that I didn’t break down and cry at some point. While I don’t want to talk about it, but so that you aren’t left completely clueless, I will say that no one died, it wasn’t a health scare of any kind and nor does it have anything to do with mine and Grunt’s marriage. My sanity of course though is always at risk around here. 😉
And then, because stress, worry, and I are BFFs, I spent countless hours consumed thinking about things that I have zero control over.
And just as the summer came to an end, our dog died. I don’t even like dogs, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t love our Zoe girl more than any four legged creature that has ever crossed my path.
And to keep my mind distracted enough, I think I ended up throwing myself into more work – I started the fashion posts, I gave the vintage pop-up shops a whirl, I started the new Fancy That series, I launched the t-shirts and coozies, and then of course, I was still trying to do regular posts here 2-3 times a week and keep up with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
Damn. I’m exhausted just from typing all that and going over it all in my mind.
So there’s all that.
Some of the new things did better than others. Some totally bombed. That’s ok. Lessons learned. That’s how life is, right? You’ll never know what you may or may not totally rock at unless you give it a whirl. And I did learn lessons from every single success and failure.
And you know what else? The good times of 2017 more than outweighed the bad.
The Circus had her first season of basketball and loved it. She also had her first season of soccer and liked it too!
We got mud on our boots. A lot.
We went to the beach not once, but twice.
Grunt and I took two different trips to Nashville to see Eric Church, The Grand Ole Opry and Garth Brooks in concert.
We got to fix-up my grandparent’s home.
The Circus proved to be quite the entrepreneur with her pink lemonade stand and sweet corn selling skills.
We went to see two of our favorites in New York.
There were countless times spent laughing with friends that are really family.
We went to Disney World!
There were lots of backwards hat weekends spent at the farm.
We discovered that George Strait makes a tequila – and it’s damn good.
The Circus is gaining quite the sense of humor and bought her Grandaddy onions and water for his birthday since he’s always threatening her with those gifts.
And we fell in love with Wonder Woman a little bit more.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg.
So why am I telling you all this?
Because you guys are cheaper than a therapist. 😉
No, because I kind of felt like I was holding out on you sometimes. Some posts I wrote just didn’t feel like me. There were some times where I stared at a blank screen for an hour before I figured out what to write. There were a hell of a lot of times that I felt like I had just totally lost my creativity and felt like a total failure.
And because it’s life. Real life.
Yea, there are lots of pretty pictures and good laughs around here. But on most days, I’m just the next hot mess in line at the grocery store rocking sweats and day number three of dry shampoo – a hat if even the dry shampoo failed me that morning.
Nothing is perfect. Rarely does anything ever go off without a hitch around here. In fact, I can’t even name a project or idea that went just exactly as planned. Hell, I spent two full days, probably closer to three if we’re being honest, trying to figure out a countertop solution for built-in cabinetry I installed in my office. There is a huge hump in the wall that made nothing about that project easy, needless to say that hump totally killed my original countertop idea.
So this year, I’m going to try really hard to not fight the imperfections of life. Just like that cabinetry/countertop, I’m going to try really hard to work with that damn hump in the wall, instead of against it. There will be drinking, there will be cussing, there will most likely be a few tears. But that’s life. There’s also going to be lots of smiles and belly laughs. And that’s life too. 🙂
So what does that mean for the blog? It’s not going anywhere. I mean, I still have a whole office makeover including the built-ins from hell to tell you about. 😉 I also have a few other room makeovers on my agenda for the year, some smaller DIY projects and furniture makeovers, and I would like to get back to sharing more of my stories and the Freak Show Fridays. It does mean that if a project goes haywire, which will definitely happen at some point, that I might not get a post out that week because the project took all my time – embracing the imperfections, remember? The Circus will also start Kindergarten in the fall, so I plan to take full advantage of this extra time I have with her for the first half of the year.
And of course, we will all still fly our freak flags – maybe even higher this year.
I do have one ask of you today – I would love for you to tell me what you would like to see around here? Anything you just particularly love or hate? Anything you want to see more or less of? Anything you particularly need help with that you think I could write a post about that would be helpful? I’ve done surveys for this in the past, but we’re friends and I’d rather have a conversation that ask you to choose from A,B,C, or D. You can comment below or you can email me if you like – either way, I would really appreciate your input.
Here’s to 2018 (albeit 16 days into the New Year) and embracing the imperfections.