In case you’re jumping in late, I’ve joined up with the Nester and the 31 Day challenge to write every day for 31 days. You can catch up on previous posts here. One of my favorite things about this 31 Day challenge is reading other bloggers posts. You can check the entire 16oo+ bloggers here. It’s a web site created solely for the bloggers to linkup to with categories to organize each theme. It love that it’s a Christian community of bloggers!
Some blogs I discovered and have been enjoying so far:
-Simple Truths; 31 Days of being present
-This Beautiful Holy Mess; 31 Days in my search for balance: Body.Mind.Sole
-The Nester; 31 Days of Vignette Me
-The Traveling Bride: 31 Days of Embracing Life and it’s Changes
-Chatting at the Sky: 31 Days of Artists Who Influence
Many sparrows: 31 Days of Living Free
Just lately I’ve gone through an overhaul. I started selling like mad my country decor on a Facebook yard-sale community. Suddenly everything was gone. I had erased county from my house (there are few odd ball leftovers) and was left scrambling trying to figure out what to throw on the walls now.
What style am I?
All I knew was that I wasn’t country anymore. My small ragtag collection of things are trying as hard as they might to look ‘cool’. I’m still wondering what style I’m going for and how to get it without breaking the bank.
I can’t have an unfinished, undecorated empty house for people to walk in too!
Seriously, after reading the Nesters’ book, It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful, it put me in a painting/decoraitng frenzy. I felt like I had the power to paint anything. Decorate and redesign anything. I felt like I had the power to turn junk into treasure.
We recently painted our deep blue counter top kitchen Mystic Sea, pale green to cover up the rich warm yellow. The ugly, unpainted door just got it’s fresh coat of white and is now awaiting door knobs.
Lets talk about our homes. Yes, the ones that aren’t quite finished. Have never ending projects. If we could just find one more throw pillow, one more thing to hang on the wall and the perfect curtains…. Are any of you out there with me? Our houses are never good enough?
What if we never arrive with our decorating desires?
This just might be the case. I may never arrive.
I want to be ok with people coming into my house. I don’t want to be the apologizing type drawing attention to empty walls or ugly counter tops. By doing that I’m drawling attention to my horrors whereas otherwise they probably never thought about it!
I know when I’m at somebody else’s house, the more comfortable the hostess is the more relaxed I am there. If they are ok in their mess then, by George, so am I! If they are nervous and up tight, I’m not very relaxed and prone to leave early.
So, I want to be ok with my house -> the way it is. Will I stop rearranging and painting? Hopefully not! Will I quickly excuse not having up fall decor or the miss-matched polka-dot table cloth? I’ll try not too. I want you to feel at home when you step in the door and comfy enough to stick around for coffee and biscotti!
Being intentional in how I make others feel.
That’s my thought for the day. This may or may not have anything to do with the amount of family from out of state coming this weekend…. (I can complain about my house to my mom though, can’t I?)
Join me on my journey to find intentionality in my friendships -every day, for 31 days!