Throw it all together and the theme of this blog was born covering things that I am ever so passionate about.
It isn’t all about me. Let’s face it, sometimes we think it is and then we come back to reality and remember: it’s not! I’d like to think that I have some good ideas, I’d like to think that you think my house is kind of cute. I’m also going to guess (ok, I’m absolutely POSITIVE) that my kids look way cuter through the computer than when I am dealing with the melt downs in real life. So I just want to stress that life isn’t about me, nor is this blog for that matter. This blog is about sharing ideas from various sources (my own, friends, maybe even yours?) on ways to make life simpler, more meaningful, more beautiful, and keepin’ it real along the way. Continuing the journey of creating an inviting home.
into five simple words…
Goal 1) Post four times a week rotating the various topics. (This will vary at times when there are special themed weeks that will mess up the rotation…so for all of you routine people consider yourself forewarned)
Monday – Parenting topic
Wednesday – Organization topic
Friday – Decor topic
For all of you singles or newlyweds with no kids yet on the
horizon I am giving you the heads up that you can just tune in on
Wednesdays and Fridays…unless of course you want to have your eyes
WIDE open to the future before you in which case I give you permission
to tune in on all four days, I’ll let you decide. 🙂
Goal 2) Stay within my monthly budget for DIY projects and decor. This one is going to take work but should be fun to look back on at the end of year twenty thirteen to see how it all went down!
Goal 3) Learn more about the how to’s of blogging. For instance I figured out how to link An Inviting Home’s pinterest account to the blog but have I figured out yet how to put a “pin” button or a facebook “like” button at the bottom of each post? Nope. I’m a work in progress and it takes time to learn. I also feel that my friends might hate me for sending them requests to “like” the Facebook Page, join us on Pinterest and
twitter (still deciding if Twitter is necessary)…heck even sign up to follow the blog via Google Friend Connect on the side bar. Please don’t hate me for sending you all of those requests! I’m just trying to figure out what is most important to have and I love having you be a part of it. Because at some point, in order to feel like you are helping people you have to know that you have people connected to what you are doing and I’m trying to discover what the best ways are to do that.
I’m choosing to do all of this with no paycheck on the horizon and knowing that achieving these goals will take a lot of time. Why you say? Because…I want to help others. If even one person shared a story with me down the road about how they were considering adoption after reading one of “The Reality” posts that shows the ins, the outs, the REAL LIFE of what it is like to adopt and how AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL it is. Then call me simple but that would totally rock my world and I could die a happy woman!
If you are still reading this far then I might as well share one last thing with you. I would be lying if I didn’t say that sometimes writing post after post gets lonely when not many people comment. Sure, I can see from my blogger stats that people are viewing the posts and that is encouraging (over 7,000 page views in just over a month, you guys are awesome!) But I’ve never really been a stats girl as much as a relationship girl. I would love any feedback that you have…any ideas that you might have…sure, even any encouragement that you have, I am after all human. While criticism is also received don’t expect me not to cry if you say something mean…it kind of goes along with “I am after all human” thing. And just so you know, I want to do my best to respond to your comments (in between first caring for my five little tornadoes) because I really do care.
I also know that it takes time to leave a comment or interact on fb and as my motto has become time is sanity (what does that even mean?) For all of the people’s blogs I read or FB updates that I see, sometimes I wish that I could freeze frame the smile that is on my face when I get to the end of your post and have an AHA moment or chuckle at our similarities. (Like this one, and this one, and this one!) So I’m trying to improve on this myself, to encourage friends, by taking the time to leave comments or simply hitting “like” as a sign of I’m right there with ya!
I guess that makes my fourth and final blogging goal for 2013 clear Goal 4) To encourage others (say the positive things that I am thinking) on things that they post throughout this amazing new year!