why i blog

well friends, christmas break was pretty amazing (and i hope yours was too!)… we celebrated, visited with friends and family and spent an entire week tucked away and unplugged at our family cabin in the mountains. i feel refreshed and rested and ready to jump into 2014, starting with this blog.

over the holiday i had several people ask how the new site is going, what my mission is and what i have planned in the future. um, yeah – i didn’t really know how to answer them. i mean, i guess i know the short list, at the top of it being to have fun (i am a girl after all), share and make cool stuff and document our family.

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//ozzie age 10//

but then i started thinking and writing my answer down and it became much more longwinded than i had originally thought. for whatever reason i feel compelled to share it – maybe so you know what to expect when you come here or as a reminder to myself when i start to wander or loose my focus. regardless, sharing my reasons takes me a lot outside of my comfort zone, so before i change my mind, here is the long list of WHY I BLOG…

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TO SHARE IDEAS, RECIPES, TUTORIALS & DESIGNS – (such as the antlers above) it’s in my nature to share what i have. clothes, food, money, whatever you need, if i have it, it’s yours… and if there is one thing i’ve learned through giving it’s that there is always more where that came from.

the same thing applies to the creative things you’ll find on this blog. what’s mine is yours and that makes me happy.

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& ALSO TO SHARE LIFE – motherhood is a pretty amazing gig, but let’s just say, it’s not for the faint of heart (see exhibit a below). i hope that when you “stop by” you feel encouraged, loved and inspired.

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//exibit a – dinnertime at our house… look familiar?! however, working on a post with ideas for keeping the munchkins busy while you cook.//

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TO REMEMBER – we’ve all been told a million times that this season in our life will fly by. somedays that’s hard to believe. then i stumble across a picture from 3 years ago (above) and it feels like yesterday and i know how true those words are and i don’t want to miss a thing… so i’ll be using this blog as a place to document our family.

TO HANGOUT WITH YOU – it never ceases to amaze me how small the internet has made the world and i love when it leads to unexpected chats and friendships.

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TO BE A WORKING MOM THAT SOMETIMES GET’S TO WORK WITH MY KIDS & HAS A FAIRLY FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE – (phew, that was a mouthful) as a graphic designer i spend a lot of my work hours in front of the computer with a sketch pad by my side. while i certainly draw inspiration from my children for some of my designs (and LOVE what i do!), blogging has brought opportunities to do more hands on projects, outings, videos and photo shoots with or for my kids. admittedly, sometimes i’m more excited about it than they are but they always get a kick out of seeing the final product and (bonus) i can do it from home!

TO CHALLENGE MYSELF – i am a people pleaser (middle child, yo) with a decent list of insecurities and if i’m being 100% honest, blogging scares me to death. it’s impossible to genuinely put yourself out there and be worried about making everyone happy. there will always be friends, family, acquaintances or strangers who don’t agree with what i share, or don’t like my style or how i explained a DIY or that we are having a 5th child or (i know i’m crazy) you name it. i mean, have you seen my grammar!? ha! but that’s ok. it’s time for me to get over it and just do my thing. :)

i also want to be a better writer and in the words of parents everywhere (my own included), practice makes perfect.

so there you have it – my longwinded explanation of why i blog.

what about you… do you have a blog? ever thought about starting one? interested in good resources or have good ones to share!? tell me all about it (with links) in the comments!

xo . rae

9 Responses to why i blog

  1. Donielle N. January 8, 2014 at #

    Hi Rae, your candor is refreshing – to be genuine, true to yourself, brave and honest are things that we all try to teach our kids. Sadly, sometimes we forget that those lessons apply to us as well. Thanks for the reminder and good luck with the new blog. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with!

    • rae January 8, 2014 at #

      so true donielle! & thanks so much for the encouragement. xo

  2. Kate January 8, 2014 at #

    Hi! As a mom of older children (22, 17 and 14) I know that time truly does fly. Enjoy this special time with your children – they’re precious! I love to write and that’s why I blog. I use to try and think up more reasons about why I started my blog but it always came down to just that – my love of words. I’m hoping to spend more time with my site to make it a little cleaner and updated but, with or without changes, my writing will continue. All the best with your new site. I am a new follower and looking forward to your updates!

    • rae January 8, 2014 at #

      so good kate… and i love your post from today :)

  3. Shon January 9, 2014 at #

    Well said! Happy New Year! I loved this post and look forward to reading more. Did I read that you are expecting your 5th child? If so, congratulations!!

    I have been following for a while now and I look forward to more to come.

    Cheers!

  4. kim January 9, 2014 at #

    I love your honesty. This was so great! And baby #5!? So exciting….we are hoping for #5 in the next year or so. :)

  5. emily January 9, 2014 at #

    SO GOOD! I love your style and kind heart and especially love how you slipped the baby announcement in there :)

    xo,
    emily

  6. natalia h January 9, 2014 at #

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and this is the first time I comment :)

    I have a blog in Spanish. I hadn’t written in my native language for years so I decided to start a personal blog using it. It’s been almost two years now, after blogging in English for a decade, and I’m very pleased with it. I do it because it’s fun, sure, but I also do it because it keeps me constantly on my toes, looking for topics to write about, things that are fun and shareable, pictures to take, challenges to take on and more. I absolutely adore getting comments so i can interact with the people who read me everyday, it’s my favorite part.

    I love your photos and DIYs, your kids are adorable! So keep on writing! You’re right, practice makes perfect, and if you’re having fun in the process, better yet.

  7. Angie January 9, 2014 at #

    I love your blog! So happy you have a space to share your talent and love for your family. Im a new mom and absolutely love everything you have posted. excited to see more in 2014. Congrats on baby #5 I give you major kuddos … im still learning how to balance one and the idea of baby #2 soon(hopefully). So you give me lots of hope and encouragement. Thanks for blogging and sharing its a blessing.

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