real life shine a light

What I did on my summer vacation….

-played outside
-had birthday parties (someone even had her FIRST birthday)
-went swimming
-spent time with friends

-and thought a lot.

I have been thinking about what I want this blog to be.  About what I want my life to be.  

I have decided that I have been selling myself short. 

 If all this blog is, is a place to share crafty ideas, well, then it’s wasting all of our time.

There are plenty of places to go for that.

I want this to be more.  More meaningful, more purposeful, more REAL.

There are plenty of magazines and t.v. shows and blog posts out there trying to tell you how to be and what to do to live a picture perfect life.

I don’t want to share perfection.

I want us to roll around in the muddy trenches of life and wallow.  To lift each other up when we’re sinking too far.  To inspire and help and sustain each other.

To show our stains, and mistakes and fears and then offer each other advice on how to get it out, fix it up and overcome.

There will still be plenty of crafty ideas, that’s what I live for.  It’s what makes me sane and helps me support my family. (in a VERY small way)  I will share what I do and love and hope that it doesn’t make you feel less than if it’s not your cup of tea, but that it will be shared in a way that will inspire you to find your own happy, your own way of expressing yourself and your own path to JOY.

There is enough darkness, and filth and HARD things in this life.  I want us to create some SUNSHINE.  All of us together, shining our lights will push the doom and gloom out of our lives and we will be HAPPY.

I can feel it warming my heart already.  Can you?

So, will you join me?  The future is so Bright we’re gonna have to wear SHADES. 😉


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  • Troy and Rach
    September 5, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I've loved joining you for these past years, and love how real and authentic you always are. You've inspired me creatively, motherly, and personally. I'll have my shades ready.

  • chris
    September 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Sounds we've been thinking along the same line. Can't wait to read more. 🙂

  • Victoria
    September 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hello! This is Victoria, from Valencia (Spain). How lovely it'd be if all bloggers could express themselves as in your today's post. Sometimes when I read other people's blogs pretending they have absolutely perfect lives you think: how my life can be so different to theirs? and it makes you feel, in a way, bad comparingly I mean. And that's not real, that "perfection" is not real anybody has that "perfect" life. I agree with you, let's be real. Love!

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    September 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Looking forward to it 🙂

  • Spoolhardy Girl
    September 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Well said! Just like Gwen, I look forward to more. XX