Monday, March 21, 2016

The Dark Side Of Blogging


You know those times that you get all inspired while visiting someone's awesome blog, and you're scrolling through all their pictures and you're getting all antsy and excited and the wheels in your brain are a turnin' and then you run into your living room to see what you can do to make that magic happen at your house and then.........FIZZLE. Yeah, that happens to me too. In order to make that picture in my head come to life, I need to buy this or that which leads to buying this and that which then leads to, I think you get the picture.

Instead of feeling inspired, you feel like a failure. Instead of being motivated you feel defeated. Honestly it's weird blogging sometimes, being grateful that I have a community to share within but being almost embarrassed that I'm part of the big machine that drives people to want constant change and feel less if they can't afford more. Oh gosh, I never want to be that person. I feel pulled more often than not and wonder, why do I blog? Am I helping or hurting.

Blogs push so much commerce whether intentionally or not. There have always been the have's and the have not's but blogging really puts them right out there in front of our faces. Is it just me? I'm rarely on Facebook, but the other day I was scrolling through and I have lots of other bloggers pages on my feed. Geesh, I bought this, new sofa that, I hung new drapes here, I went antiquing and found this, I declare, I closed the computer and felt all green inside.

Last week when I mentioned the few blogs that I frequent, my loves have more to do with means than anything else. I choose my favorite blogs the same way I choose my friends. I want to be surrounded by folks closer to my socioeconomic circle than not. Am I the only one that fights that age old green eyed monster?

I hope and pray that you never feel that way when you visit. When I say we are slooooooooow here, I really mean we are! Purchases take months sometimes years! We wait for sales, scour thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets. We've made it thanks to God's generous blessings and I'm forever grateful for such a hardworking husband.

 I want you to know most of all that little unsightly finds can be magically transformed into treasures for nearly nothing, all you need is a vision. It is completely reasonable to expect that your home should make you smile, and that you have the power to make that happen with very little investment, it may take years, but that only sweetens the end result. It doesn't take lots of fancy, expensive purchases to make your house a home. You may see so many people living that way, but I promise, it's just not true. That's why I stay I guess. I have a message to share. We can all live big on very little!

I love y'all visiting here and I never, ever want y'all to feel anything but goodness when you come by! Keep me on my toes, if I ever make you feel anything less than that feeling you get with that first cup of coffee on a cold winter's morning, well, you just better let me know! Pinky swear?!
xo,
Amy

9 comments:

  1. You are so inspiring! You bring the outdoors inside. You make great improvements with a coat of paint. What pretty blue nail polish too! That doesn't cost much. I never feel blah after visiting your blog.

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  2. Such words of truth and wisdom today. Thanks for such an encouraging and needful reminder to do what you can with what you have and be content.

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    1. Content, what a powerful word. Thank YOU for the reminder today!

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  3. If anything you have taught me to have the patience to search and wait for the right things, and trust me I am not a patient person. I admire how you can make things simple yet they look so great in your home. I do get though that some sites are so beautiful and tempt one to want more, that though is where your blog comes to mind! Part of the thrill of a new project is knowing you have searched and priced according to your budget, and THAT is a good feeling!!!! Kiddos to you for being that kind of teacher.

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    1. Thank you Glenda for your kind words my dear! Happy Easter week to you!

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  4. We all want our homes to look nice and our finances to be, well, in the black. You show how to make your home wonderful and put something of your own personality into it at the same time, rather than be part of the herd running to overpriced stores buying things they don't need with money they don't have to impress people they don't really care about. You show how to have a more Godly home, and I think that's fantastic!

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    1. You are terrific! Thanks for showing up and sharing your thoughts with me today! Such a joy! Happy Easter!

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  5. I SO agree with you about this! It's sometimes discouraging to read other's blogs and see all the things that it seems they are constantly buying. But I also feel a little sad for them that they never seem to be satisfied with what they have and that they always feel the need to be constantly changing things. It makes me wonder if their heart is not at peace. And then I feel thankful for my own life, small single income budget and all, because even though we may not have much we are rich in joy and peace. I am content with my life and that's good enough for me.

    And a little side note about patience and waiting for just the right thing - I have been wanting a lighting fixture/chandelier for our dining room for the two years we've lived in this house. I've searched and searched and either never found what seemed to be just the right thing, or it was way out of my price range. I love the simple almost primitive style chandeliers, but they're always well over $200. I found a nasty old rusty (and UGLY) chandelier at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago for $4 and using things I already had I cleaned it up, painted it, and turned it into the style I love...all for $4!! :D I'll be sharing it on my blog soon.

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