As we enter into Month Three of living in this new house, I am hanging my head in shame that I haven’t shared more interior pictures of this house with you guys. I have guilt, y’all. But apparently not enough guilt to actually get off my lazy bum and do anything about it.
Ok, here goes. Painful truth time. I feel like you come here for ideas on how to decorate your home, and this house is just not blogworthy yet.
Here are my top three reasons why…
1. I have piles of junk laying everywhere in here. No exaggeration. I’m talking true-blue, out in the woods, down home, country piles of junk spread all over this house. I’m paralyzed by the piles that I can never seem to get whittled down.
Piles of junk = too much work to shuffle out the way for photos = not blogworthy.
2. I have not put a single nail in a wall yet. All of my hanging décor is in a big pile in my foyer still waiting to be hung. But before I do that I need to paint. And before I can do that I still need to choose paint colors. And I’m paralyzed by choosing a paint color.
No paint = rooms not decorated = not blogworthy.
I mean, y’all. Do you really wanna pin this picture? Nope.
I snapped this pic over my computer monitor. This is my current view. This is the extent of the decorating progress that I’ve made in three months. My new neighbors come over and I die a little inside.
3. I have not put down any rugs yet because we got the hardwood floors refinished before we moved in. You’re not supposed to cover newly finished hardwoods with rugs for at least 4-6 weeks, so we have just been walking around here kicking dirt and dog hair on the brand new hardwood floors. But that deadline is long past, and we are too lazy to lift up our furniture and roll out the rugs underneath. I have a good excuse, being pregnant, right? Right.
Still, no rugs = bare floors = not blogworthy.
I’m not quite sure why I feel this way, since one of the reasons I was so excited to move into this house was because of all the blog projects it would provide me. Heck, we lived in the old house for five years, and I took my blog readers along for every part of that ride from beginning to end. This one should be no different. But every time I talk to my blog friends they ask me what has happened to me. Everyone wants to know why I made the big announcement that I was going to become a full-time blogger and promptly fell off the face of the Earth.
In addition to those the three things above, here is the rest of my painfully truthful answer.
I’m real dang tired, y’all.
I’m feeling my age with this pregnancy. So far everything has gone well, and I can’t complain too much, but right now– in my 27th week–it feels so good just being NORMAL for a minute. To not share every nook and cranny of my life with the internet. I realize that is what I signed up for whenever I became a blogger in the first place, but it’s nice to just piddle around among my piles of junk, and not lift a hammer or any furniture. It’s nice to not have to stage a Pinterest-worthy room shot, or edit the photos and promote the posts. To not force my empty pregnant brain to conjure up witty words when I have a hard time remembering my address most days. It’s especially nice to not have to worry about any of the competitiveness that professional blogging can bring. I absolutely love my fellow bloggers, but it’s a tough niche to compete in when my creative juices are just not flowing and my mojo is tapped out.
Another reason? Since we’ve moved in, there has been a non-stop outflow of cash in home repairs that are just not sexy to blog about. In fact, they really just suck. Since we moved in we have refinished the hardwood floors, replaced all the toilets, replaced the roof, replaced TWO HVAC units (holy $$$, Batman), had two trees cut down, and just the other night our hot water heater stopped working. By some miracle it came back to life a few days ago, but my husband and I have developed our own private hashtag called #putitonthelist. Kitchen cabinet door fall off the hinges? #putitonthelist Dishwasher not working properly? #putitonthelist Wake up at midnight to a terrible screeching noise and look outside to see lightning, only to realize it’s not lightning at all but our HVAC units shooting sparks into the air? #putitonthelist We’ve made a bunch of necessary repairs to this house, but do I really want to blog about all of that stuff? Not really. Do you want to hear me complaining about how our bank account is begging for mercy right now? Doubt it. So, I have chosen silence instead.
So the point of this post is to say that I sincerely hope that you guys will still be here when I get that creative juice/ blogging mojo back. I have no clue when that will be, but I promise I will let you know as soon as it happens. Eventually I’ll start pumping out projects left and right, but until then I really hope you’ll ride out this dry spell with me and still be here when I decide to get off my duff and hang all those pictures on the wall.
Mainly I wanted to say just how much I appreciate each and every reader of this blog. You guys are the reason I feel like I needed to get off the couch and write this post in the first place. I truly hope that you guys are blessed and happy and loving the lives that you’re leading right now, even if they are scattered with piles of junk and dog hair like mine.
Bless your heart! Take your time, put your feet up, enjoy your pregnancy! If you wake up one morning and want to take baby steps with a project do that….otherwise it can all wait. We are all just people doing the best we can every day and it’s ok if you don’t want to tell all. Just know that nobody has perfection going on behind the computer screen. 🙂
Rita C at Panoply says
No disrespect intended (believe me, you have my utmost R.E.S.P.E.C.T), but this is hIlarious. Just remember, after that baby is born, one’s like none, two’s like ten. Just sayin’….keep those expectations low, and you won’t disappoint yourself. Never mind the rest of us or the neighbors, or anybody else. 🙂
Oh honey! I totally get it! I was pregnant last year at 38. You are more than allowed to be tired! I’m fairly new to your blog, and I truly enjoy it. It’s nice that you aren’t afraid to show the human side of things. I think when we all move, it’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to get things done….and with home ownership the crappy money part is a thorn in the side! Thanks for your honesty, and you should now go have a bowl of ice cream. Heehee!
Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage says
I understand and empathize with you on all that!!
I get the not sexy stuff. The ho-hum stuff that isn’t exciting, but costs a TON.
We did the roof… the HVAC, etc… thing and it really cuts into the amazingly cute and pinterest photo worthy project budget. Hence, why my bathroom still needs a remodel after ten years.
Kick up your feet, piddle, contemplate wall colors… you’ll blog when you are ready.
And we’ll be here 🙂
Mrs Major Hoff says
Oh girl! I feel the same way. And I’ve lived in my house for 8.5 years! Hang in there! Get some rest, and then just love on that baby when he/she arrives. Nothing is worth as much as that precious time!
You’ll post when you’re excited about somethin’. That’s how it goes. It’s gardening season here, so I’m out every day with the camera. But I know the feeling of wanting to lay around and not blog. It’s kinda nice, actually. I say, enjoy the break. Once baby comes, they’ll be few and far between…speaking as a mother of three….dear Jesus, when did that happen!?!?
The little blogger inside you is probably more important than any other project right now. I was so exhausted during my second pregnancy – I could not hold my eyes open after lunch and a daily nap became the norm. Don’t worry -we are still here cheering you on!
I’m not pregnant, and I have junk piles. Life goes on! Enjoy the re-charge. Better to devote your energy to a healthy baby than a blog. We’ll still be here.
I’m not pregnant, and I have junk piles. Life goes on! Enjoy the re-charge. Better to devote your energy to a healthy baby than a blog. We’ll still be here.
A long time ago (or so it seems) when I worked a very stressful job (I am not saying my current job isn’t stressful) and I was on my way home, in the evenings, I would chat with my husband. He would always ask me how my day was. I would always tell him, “I survived it once, please don’t make me relive it.”
Do not feel the need to share until it is good for YOU. We will be here.
Laura @ The Turquoise Home says
Before I even read it, I thought, you’re pregnant!!!! It’s a season of life. The motivation literally up and left my brain when I was preggo. My kid is 5 months old and it’s just now starting to come back. And it’s coming back kind of slow. But that’s OK. Relax, rest, enjoy your piles of junk and dog hair. We’ll all be here when you get back!
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
Yes, bless your sweet heart. And don’t feel one bit guilty. Put yourself first and take time to relax and not put unnecessary pressure on yourself. The house will be beautiful…. in due time. We all lose our mojo sometimes and you have a fabulous little excuse.
Kelly W. says
Girl, it seems that you’re living with us! Piles upon piles, unfinished projects, end of school year loss of motivation… We ripped out a bathroom the last week of March and then life happened and we still haven’t started putting it back together. This too shall pass. And as for #putitonthelist, well, that’s been going on at our house ever since we moved in over 6 years ago! 🙂 Let me know if I can do anything to help!
Dana Tucker says
Love this post!! You take care of you and that baby! There will be a season for sprucing up the house and you’ll know when you are in it. You will have a new spark of energy and creativity. For now, you have a job! Growing a human. Love you girl and can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve. If I had to guess, I’d say you have secret Pinterest boards full of ideas ready to take flight. xoxoxo
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says
I totally get this. Completely. Do what you need to do to (a) feel good and (b) get your mojo back. The hemorrhaging of money eventually stops (says the one who moved 9 months ago and I feel like it just stopped – knock wood). Just be well and enjoy the dog hair. 😉 xoxo
Oh Beth do not beat yourself up over any of it one little bit! You deserve this time! We all need breaks from time to time. I have been in a rut lately as well and I do not have a move nor a pregnancy to chalk it up to but I do understand. Take the time that you need. Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy and just sit back. Eventually you will get your mojo back. It always comes back!
Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined says
THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!!!! Given that I’m now 22 months into my “6 month renovation”, I feel your pain. I may borrow your hashtag for “water heater not working, dishwasher leaking onto hardwood floor and a/c need charging”. Take care of yourself and your sweet baby girl…the rest will wait. xx
Amy Hill says
Take a deep breath and do one thing at a time! We’re all here supporting you in blog land and will be here when you start posting your beautiful pictures again!
Oh goodness, yes, we will still be here. Just take care of you and yours. No guilt!! Dealing with home issues/repairs and pregnancy with a little one, are enough to bring anyone to exhaustion.
Oh yeah! I am right there with you! We are in the process of moving across the country…again! I am in staring at boxes, donations and dirt! I am overwhelmed and haven’t blogged in weeks! I am also waiting for a new domain name to be released in June. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Real life happens and we gotta roll with it! I love how transparent you are. This is why I read your blog. I am not going anywhere! I will be here waiting and looking forward to when you are back up and running! Congrats on your new home and your little one on the way! God bless you and your family!
when I was expecting our first child we were also building a new home. Looking back I think how did we do that? But it all took time. I’ don’t think we had anything in the living room for a year and a half. Nothing, no furniture or pictures, anything. We had a sitting room off the master bedroom and that’s where the three of us spent all our time. Those are good memories now and the house eventually got decorated and has been redecorated many times since. Thanks for the cute post, enjoy your family and preparing for that new precious one. Trust me, the house will all come together and be beautiful in time.
Holy moly you poor thing…. how weird is that that all of those things happened once you moved in. I think I would feel like I was jinxed… wow no wonder why you don’t want to blog…. You probably just feel like screaming..!! I sure hope things go smooth from here on out…!!!
I would suggest putting your feet and and reading Maria Killam true color expert blog and get some inspiration on color. I’ll still be here when you start your decorating and painting. Remember the energy may not kick in until you are sleeping through the night. take care of yourself and your little one. Family is more important than blogging.
Take your time…guilt free. ( Although I know that’s easier said than done.) A move, a career change and a pregnancy are all at the top of the list of life stressors. It’s perfectly natural that you would need time to replenish and enjoy and to just BE. It’s okay.
Email me or message me anytime you need to hear that! xo
Sweet sweet woman! There is absolutely no need to apologize! Your readers are faithful. We’ve enjoyed your posts and look forward to many more but please give yourself a break! We will still be here when you feel like you’ve regained your mojo. We’ve all shuffled through times of junk and dog hair so we understand. Really. Really really. Take good care of you!
If you don’t want to do the things that are on your list, Don’t. If you do and you are paralyzed by the enormity of all the things that need to be done, break it down. Take one room…. one thing in one room and do it. Then decide if you want to do the next thing on your list in THAT room. Starting is often the hardest part. Once you see one room taking shape, you’ll feel the rewards of accomplishment. It sounds to me like you have a little touch of depression. That’s completely normal in your situation. Raging hormones, new house, overwhelming amount of work to do and bleeding money. Who wouldn’t be depressed! It’s ok to own it. Just try not to let it own you. Best of luck and good wishes for your house and your family! I think your home is beautiful and I love your blog. PS I’m totally old enough to be your mother, so just consider this “mom advice”. 🙂
I’m thinking the piddling around is gonna get worse before it gets better and about that same time you should get some mojo back that will cause you to run around like a crazy woman hanging things up and cleaning things that are not dirty, and then a baby pops out a week later.
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says
What I have always loved about you, Beth, is your honesty! And if you don’t feel like decorating and blogging, then don’t! Take care of yourself and your family first. We’ll all be right here when you come back! By the way, I love that hashtag that you and your husband have. Because we are retired and living on a fixed income, ours is #nextmonth!
Morion Macrae says
Just to say thank you for the update. Relax and breath. We’ll be here when you get back, enjoy your summer and take it slow, much love, Morion.
Barbara Moore says
This pregnancy is a once in a lifetime event. Enjoy and embrace every second. From the couch. Walls, rugs and future beautiful rooms will wait.
Everyone will be here when you are ready to share.
OMG!! come take pictures and blog about my house….JOKE. I am in the exact same boat. I have a room FULL of what you just pictured. My entire guest bedroom is wall to wall stacks of pictures that need to be hung….it will get done. one day. xoxo
Gourmet Getaways says
Take your time, Beth. Surely you will “hit the nail” right with your creative DIY skills you’ve been showing us all. It would not only be blogworthy but also inspirational 🙂
Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx
Christie Shue says
Thank you! I moved into my home almost a year ago and have run into the same problem. I think my get up and go just got up and went during our move. So here I sit with a garage full of boxes and no rooms started on their way to the gorgeous plans in my head. But you know what it will come…5- minutes at a time.
Thanks for the fabulous blog reading!