I've always viewed this blog as a place to come with the highlights of our day. Not a place for grumbling, for worrying, for strife, or to show off my shameful messes. This distilling down to the most magical, photogenic, creative, or meaningful moment of our day helps me see my life from a positive vantage point and helps me stay on track for the life I want to create.
Hopefully you find inspiration here as well. (I'd rather inspire you than comisserate with you on our parallel piles of dirty dishes, unfiled paperwork, or messy closets.) I've never attempted to present it as the whole picture, in fact I've alluded to this editing before, most notably here. Authentically my life, yes, but incomplete by design as well.
So today I wanted to share another freshly revived corner of my house with you. I am so stoked on the progress I am making and feel transformed by it. But then I realized that you don't have a baseline. Because most of you don't live in the neighborhood or know me in the flesh. And so to you perhaps a nicely arranged play-space or new white trim is just another room in someones house without the baseline.
When a friend dropped by this morning and saw two of our new spaces (the playroom from last week and the kitchen nook at the bottom of this post) she said something along the lines of, "Oh, wow. That is such a change. This space is so much better – my soul just took a deep breath."
Because yes, it is lovely and serene. But also because it was pretty crazy before. Cluttered. Overwhelming. Messy. Chaotic. To her these corners were magical because they look good but also because they have come so far.
So I mustered my courage and walked around my house and snapped a few reality shots for you to put the improved spaces in perspective. The baseline. I still have a long way to go, but room by room we're making progress. Here is a look at some of my shadows.
That's enough. I am deleting the other six photos. You have plenty to go on. As you can see a lovely space is really something for me to focus on. To keep me on track. I can aspire to being the person who lives in the space below and let go of the person who lives in the photos above.
Perhaps most convincingly it also occurred to me that I spend so much time cleaning up after my children simply because they are modeling what the see around them. Chaos. If I clean up after myself I truly belive that they will too and we all will have pride and love for our home. Self respect, really.
So I reworked a corner that was previously pretty crazy. It is now serene and grown up. And I love it. Behold, the kitchen nook:
Oh, yeah. 2011 is going to be an incredible year.