Monday, May 9, 2016

A Porch Story {simple living inspired}


Well first, hello friends. I've taken an unexpected break from blogging, but I'm so very excited to be back! You should know that I struggle greatly with balancing a simple lifestyle and the duty of blogging. Sometimes I find myself wondering how the two, blogging and living the simple life, can ever possibly survive within one woman. I confuse myself at times and that's usually when I take a little rest from blogging.


Do you often feel that your life is way too overloaded and running at a pace that leaves you nearly breathless, but you worry that you'll let others down if you don't keep up with this harried pace? I used to feel that, that sense of obligation to others over myself and my family. Over the last few years, I've managed to whittle down my obligations and learn to not feel as guilty. Now, I very carefully consider what goes onto my calendar.


Living simply not only affects my time, it has spread into all parts of my life, all parts of me. My home looks different today than it did just six months ago, I've taken a much closer look at my decor and asked myself if a certain item is really working for us, or is it simply clutter. I've moved things around and some pieces have been purged completely. Our outside spaces get a whole lot of traffic in the warmer months and I really wanted them to be simple and functional.


That gets me to the point of this post, sorry, my wandering brain, our porch. I started by completely emptying the whole porch, it drove me batty for it to be empty, but I felt like all the stuff on it cluttered my mind and I just couldn't think. I wanted it to be neutral and calm and uncluttered, I also wanted it to have a vintage vibe, of course, not too many plants, uh the upkeep when it gets really hot here in the summer months, so I looked for one outstanding basket and just a couple other little tidbits. I repainted my old metal chairs and our porch swing, added an old school desk for a coffee table, and I was done. Now it greets visitors in simplicity, but still maintains the vintage vibe that we have throughout the rest of our home. I've spent way too many mornings on it already and one cup of coffee quickly turns into two!


While I've been away from the blog, I've been focusing a bit more as time allowed on my Instagram account. I tell ya, it's way simpler to come up with one liners than entire blog posts! If you're on Instagram, I'd sure appreciate the follow and leave me a comment to introduce yourself if you don't mind. You can click on my Instagram feed in the sidebar to hop right on over {click on the word 'Instagram'}.


Thanks so much for allowing me some space to disappear sometimes and still being here when I return. Y'all are the absolute greatest! I've missed y'all so much! Happy to be back this morning!
xo,
Amy

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9 comments:

  1. Nice to see you! I think your simple porch is quite lovely! I'm doing a bit of returning to blogging myself after a couple months' break. I look forward to seeing and reading your posts as you return :)

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    1. Welcome back Kendall! It's a joy to be blogging again! Thanks for visiting today!

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  2. Your porch is adorable...love your swing.:)

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    1. BJ, you're a sweetheart! Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Your porch looks so inviting!

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  4. Your porch looks so inviting!

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  5. Your porch is perfect & beautiful! I love the simple life, simple and easy deco, less is more is my motto! Decluttering and organizing are two things I do to feel light and free, lol, believe it or not and I do not have a lot to declutter to begin with, but it does happen....and taking a break is a great way to focus! Love your blog!

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  6. So happy you're back, but I completely understand the blog vacation. It's good for us every once in a while. Your porch looks great! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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  7. So glad to see you're back! Love your blog and missed it! Always nice to take a break though.

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