Have you ever wondered “Am I any good at this?”

I wonder that exact thing every day. 

Lately, I feel like the universe is telling me “Hey!  Have some confidence!  You ARE good at this!”

For example, Tuesday I FINALLY stenciled my daughters room.  Just a focal wall to offset all that purple.  I had the idea in my head to try to mimic the pattern of her bedding.  It seemed like a good idea.  Then I added more to it – it had sparkle like glitter, and maybe have jewels….

Perhaps I went too far…..  But then I did it and it came out better than I imagined!


(full “how-to” in the future)

Or dinner the other night…. I was following a recipe but decided to cut a little of this, add a little of that…… And I ended up with this….


It was soooo good!



Or just hoping that someone out there likes your decorating…. and your blog…

Then you get featured on Wow Us Wednesdays with Savvy Southern Style and you feel validated.

And it feels amazing!!!!


Happy New Year, Y’all!

Welcome to 2013!  I just can’t believe that it is a new year already.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that you are ready to start the year off right.  Have you made resolutions yet?  I sure have, and lots of them!  But I can encompass them all into one word… BREATHE!

The end of 2012 has been tough for our family.  We are fortunate to be in good health, but our lives were kind of put into limbo as we moved, my daughter started school, we didn’t get the house we had wanted to buy, my husband changed jobs and we are now renters for the foreseeable future.  I feel stifled creatively due to being in a space that isn’t my own.  I feel overwhelmed by having boxes and bags everywhere.  I feel disorganized because I have most of my belongings in storage and not enough space for it all.  And I feel sad because I am so caught up in feeling these bad feelings that I am having trouble seeing the bright side.  Here is the bright side:  we are all here.  My children and husband are safe and healthy.  We are all here together.  We have many blessings.

This why I chose to focus on the word breathe.  I want to remind myself to take a step back and take a breath.  To count my blessings.  To remember that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  To enjoy every day, whether its challenging or simple. 

I encourage you all to count your blessings no matter what your 2013 resolutions are.  And know that as I try to grow this blog, I count you as one of my blessings.