Sure, this started out as a project while I was (still am) nursing our new baby so I didn't go crazy, but it's grown into more than that for me. Not only does it motivate me to be more organized, but it allows me to create new projects, and the ability to document all the decisions we've made in building our house. The validation from all of you is just so meaningful to me, I hope I can pass that on to others as well.
Here are my five goals/hopes/dreams for this little darling:
1. I want my blog to be just like me.
A true reflection of me. Some parts wife, some mother, some friend, designer, chef, baker, wanna-be crafter, relaxed party-thrower. I want all the aspets of my life to come together here. A blog isn't just a platform for spreading a message (more on that later) but it's a virtual album of my life.
2. Stand for something.
Something big. Way bigger than me. Being a stay at home mom is so much more than just snacks and sippy cups. Being a mother alone is a huge, life long undertaking. Let's celebrate all that mother's do, support each other, and stand up for the small ones; the little people in our lives, and those whose lives we could help.
3. A lifestyle.
I'm dreaming big here, I know. This little blog only started this year, but I want people to know the name "Stay at Home-ista". We should say it like fashionista or consumerista. "What do you do?" a stranger asks, "Oh, I'm a stayathomeista". There might even be witty T-shirts and bumper stickers, I'll have to work on that. You can help this along by following, liking, following on twitter and pinterest, and by voting for me at Apartment Therapy.
4. A soft place to land.
There is plenty of controversy you can find on the internet (especially among the mommy blogs), that's not what I want for my blog. I want to be real, presenting life as it is, not an idillic version; I just want to skip the animosity that can arise. Writing this blog brightens my day, makes me smile, and reminds me of what a great time I had (usually with the kids) doing all the projects. I want that for you, my reader. A peek into the happy/rewarding/beautiful parts of stay-at-home life, something that makes you smile.
5. Make some money.
From Google Ads, a media network (Rivit, Social Spark, BlogHer? any ideas are welcome), an amazon store. I do truly love the items that we have in the house, I hope I can share that authentically with people and hopefully help them find a new tool to make life at home easier.
I have the incredible honor of co-hosting a party tomorrow so we can all share what our dreams are for our blogs. Come check it out.
I link to these awesome parties:
Sunday: I Heart Naptime, Nifty Thrifty Things, Inspired Honeybee, Nest for LessMonday:Between Naps on the Porch, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Thrifty Decor Chick, Alderberry Hill, Debbie Doo's, Home Stories A to Z, Home Savvy AtoZ Tuesday:Coastal Charm, Tip Junkie, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Carolyn's Homework, Made in a Day, Our Delightful Home, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Get Your Craft On, Kurtz Corner Wednesday: Savvy Southern Style, Mommy Solutions, Power of Paint, Newlyweds Recipe Linky, It's Overflowing, Southern Lovely Thursday: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Made in a Day, House of Hepworths, the 36th Avenue , Bloggeritaville Friday: Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, The Shabby Nest, Thirty Handmade Days, Addicted 2 Decorating, Funky Junk Interiors, Financial Friday, Furniture Friday, At the Picket Fence, The Rooster and the Hen