This past year I “officially” started a home design company-I say officially because I have been interested in design for several years but never truly did it as a paid job. I had a staging business with a friend for a few years, often help friends with ideas for their homes, and do a little happy dance whenever I find a Better Homes and Gardens magazine in my mailbox.
I took a break from blogging starting at the beginning of this past summer to focus on the kids being home from school along with the YouTube channel I had started for middle school girls. I fully intended to start writing when the fall school bells rang, but then we decided to put our house on the market in early September which turned into a story that is too long to share right now (future post on
We just took our house off the market and I have decided that I need to choose between writing (which is food for my soul) and shooting videos (which feels like exercise–a good thing but not always so enjoyable). While both are valuable endeavors, one of the most important lessons I have learned in 2015 is that for every “Yes” there is a “No.” If I say “yes” to both, then something else sacrifices….my part time job which brings in needed income, my energy and time available to my kids, my ability to fully be present for my husband in the important areas of our life.
There are SO many great opportunities that we have in life. That is the gift. The challenge is to pick which few deserve our time.
I have learned to ask myself–does this activity, project, effort bring me joy and excitement? Or does it cause me stress and sometimes dread–even if it is a GREAT thing to put effort into? I believe God has given us gifts and talents to use for His joy and good purposes…and as a result they will bring us the same in return….joy and good purpose.
So I am saying yes to GraceFullHome and no to HairstylesandHallways. While I love the idea of speaking into the lives of tweens and teens, I have to choose to listen to my heart which knows there is something better for my time and energy investment. Yet, I want to finish that effort well, so I am wrapping up that project with three videos on Dating and Middle School. I believe this is so important to talk about with our girls, as they are in such malleable and formative years.
I have big plans for GraceFullhome in 2016–including a total re-brand with a new look, new topics, and hopefully a lot of content that is practical and inspirational for you!
Here is the Dating video if you want to check it out!
Have a BLESSED THANKSGIVING!