Sunday, January 6, 2013


I've been thinking about this for the last year really.  I loved how everyone boiled down their "word of the year" last year into a one word goal.  I have not made New Year's Resolutions for years and years now.  It seems like such a good idea, but the reality is that one little slip up and seems like you've derailed your whole year, and we all knows what happens then right?  Yep, you throw out the baby and the bathwater, the tub, and the rubber ducky all in one fell swoop!  Yet that one word goal/statement/hope/dream/affirmation/whatever you want to call it kept coming back to me.  And I've watched many of you bloggers out there look back at your year and find satisfaction and the desire to repeat it.  Cool!  So, this year I'm joining you with my own word for 2013.  My word is
 There have been many, many days I have felt a bit like this guy most likely felt.  It really is ALL GOOD to have your business take off and grow in many new and unexpected directions, to have healthy children with many varied and healthy activities to support, to have a multitude of hobbies that you enjoy and need to find time for, to have a spouse you adore and want to spend time with, to have friends that you also adore and want to hang out with, to have a church full of wonderful people and fantastic activities you want to participate in.  It's all good, really!  I actively count my many blessings on a daily basis.  God has been so good to me!

But keeping up with all those things can be a challenge for someone with my, ahem, personality!  Don't judge too harshly my compulsive/obsessive tendencies!  Towards the end of the year I found myself almost hyper-ventilating as I struggled to be happy with all the good things happening around me.  It was time to take a breather and just let myself be present wherever I was.  So this year, I strive to keep finding that balance.  The balance that gives me peace and contentment with all the wonderful things right in front of me.
When I began this blog I really only intended to use it as a means to showcase for local clients the furniture that I had restyled and was offering for sale.  I have a spouse who does enough with "security" matters that he really wasn't wild about parading the family and children and our activities all over the world wide web! :-)
I think that I will for the most part honor that, however if I'm honest, one of the things that I've enjoyed the most about the blog is the people I've met from all over and the glimpses that I've been privileged to see into their lives.  I'm one of those weird people who will drive by houses on my errands and actually do a mental picture of what those houses might look like inside, and wonder about the people inside.  And when I'm really lucky at night sometimes I get a glimpse inside of an unshuttered window and I can SEE the wall colors or some furniture.  It's that peek inside someone else's life that can be so fun, and sometimes so surprising!  I DO have a life beyond my furniture business.  I'm a wife, and a mother, and last year I learned how to ring bells for church, I'm a quilter, and a Rug Hooker, and a bunch of other things.  Maybe no one else really wants to know that much about me, or my family and life.  I don't know, but maybe I'll post some of the things that are happening here and give you that glimpse into our windows.  I think it might "Balance" my blog a bit too.

So, if you find me not posting for a bit, or posting on something other than furniture it most likely is me just searching for some BALANCE in my life.  Happy 2013 everyone!  May it be a blessed year!

Linking to:
 The Lettered Cottage Word of the Year Link Party


  1. What a great post! I've been stiving for balance for quite some time now. I love the way you put it into words!

  2. way to go and i am right on board with you! do what's best for you!

  3. Nicely put...and I completely get ya, sister!

  4. Hello Deb,
    My name is Sheri. I live in Port Moody Canada. I love your word. I also choose Balance. Or rather it chose me. I love antique and vintage and shabby chic. I am a Christian and I also blog. Sounds like we have a few things in common.

  5. Your elephant photo cracked me up--it sort of says it all about our lives! Nothing's impossible!

  6. Oh, how I love Balance! It works best for me. Have a great 2013.

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