Changing from the inside

I feel like I’m finally waking up from a ten year nap. For some reason, the last ten years has been kind of a blur. I’ve been in a rut, and didn’t really have the motivation to get myself out of it. And suddenly, I’m coming out of it. I don’t know if it was getting a new job, or just the U-curve of happiness coming to save me, but I’m going with it!

I have some new ventures. First, I have a new blog, co-written by my sister-in-law, Jill. It’s called and it’s kind of a mix of crafts and carpentry and diy home decor. It’s been fun to launch it and I realize there is so much to learn when it comes to really being serious about a blog. It makes me laugh to hear people sort of denigrate “influencers” and bloggers, because it’s actually a lot of work!

I’ve also been doing some work on my self image. I know it sounds a bit woo woo and like a waste of time, but I’m old enough to realize when my mind is limiting my world. A few years ago, I was desperately searching google for someone to tell me how to live my life. I wish I had found the School of Self Image (SOSI) at the time, but now I have! I’m very suspicious of self-help after spending much of my 20s convinced that every fad I jumped on was going to change my life. Lots of people make lots of money on our low self image, that’s for sure! But I’m really enjoying the membership in SOSI and taking ownership for my own life. And I like that it’s an ongoing membership (yes, more $$) but it helps me focus on myself on a continual basis. It’s not a one and done kind of thing.

Other than that, I started a new job last summer and I really like it. I’m glad that I tried some different things at my last job, tried being a manager, and doing things out of my comfort zone. It didn’t work out, but now I can say that I didn’t just take the easy way! Now, I have a job that is both comfortable AND challenging. There are lots of things still to learn, and that makes me happy!

Jon and I have been doing a lot of organizing, decluttering, making our home environment nicer. If you want to see some of the projects we’ve been working on, head on over to We did gas fireplace makeover, and we just did a bunch of projects in the office.

More to come. Happy new year! May this be your best year yet.