No, I haven’t bleached my hair blonde again, (although, recall when?! ). Though we are kicking off a brand new year today, I am still the exact old brunette girl you’ve come to understand. Thankfully, I feel confident saying that “same old” isn’t likely to explain 2018 because of me. I am so thrilled to place some huge dreams into drama as we ease into the next 365 days, and today I wanted to keep my now-annual heritage of explaining what is to come with a miniature manifesto of website information.
Today marks the official 1-year anniversary of my change following a new neutral aesthetic, and now I am feeling more motivated than ever thanks to that January 2017 statement. It’s been a process to reach the stage, however, meaning I have had to rethink pretty much everything I do when it comes to home décor–and existence generally. I have taken countless (countless!) Truck-loads of stuff I have hoarded over the years to charity, and now I have had to find out the hard way that home goods shopping isn’t so much a requirement because it is an occasional deal, otherwise, I’ll just wind up trucking more and more stuff to charity drop-offs along with the dump.
Only now do I really feel as though I have finally struck something of a stride in my journey toward “minimalism,” because I have learned to think and think and think some more before buying an item I place at the store. And this concept is leaking to every area of my own life–from fresh clothes and beauty products, to specialty wine and food , even. If you’d like some insight or tips on how I have taught myself to shop and splurge more often, by all means, let me know in the comments below because I’ve a lot to say to the subject. Now isn’t the day for all those details, however.
Rather, my point is that I have had a recent revelation in regards to “stuff,” and it’s to do with the blog. You see, among the perks of being a content creator with an internet presence is that I am offered complimentary products rather regularly, true I attempt really hard to be clear about in every single applicable post you see here on Dream Green DIY. After seven years ofup-all-night hustling for this stage as a working blogger, I am so thankful for the added benefit (especially since this career route meant giving up employer-sponsored wellness care, retirement contributions, and paid sick/vacation render…), but a thing has occurred this past year to make me realize that something should change where loose things are involved.
Say, by way of example, I get a pen mark or that I spill coffee on a leather purse I’ve graciously obtained in exchange for a potential Dream Green DIY shout outside. If I’d bought the tote outright with my own hard-earned money, I would be shattered. Rather, I punctuate the unhappy moment for this thought: “Well, I did not cover it…” If you are hating me a little bit for scanning those words, I do not blame you. It’s unsettling to me, also!
Maybe another way to illustrate this somewhat abstract concept is to describe what happens once I get the urge to purge things from our home–an activity that happens fairly regularly now that I am attempting to reduce our décor. It’s a little easier for me to donate some blanket or lamp I have obtained for free, whereas, if I’d paid my money for the product, I may be a lot more inclined to cherish it for the long haul. When it comes down to it, this insecurity is probably fueled by my self love and guilt complicated, but I finally wish to reach the point where what I have is something that I love, I appreciate, and that I appreciate.
I wish to backtrack for just a minute to reiterate that not a single complimentary product comes from our door which I would not buy for myself. I say no to manner, far more than I say yes supporting the scenes, and that I really like to help shout brands I enjoy from the rooftops now that I have a platform from which to do so. But I think I will attempt to obtain a realistic balance between “accepting” and “investing” this new calendar year. Does that make sense? I hope so, although I understand this entire idea is most likely a bit foreign to some non-bloggers on the market.
Anyhow, the point is that this blog is going to continue to get filled with practical craft jobs, higher quality shopping hints, how-tos, and lifestyle information in 2018, but throughout the next handful of months I am slowly going to start focusing less on brand new stuff and much more on tips for repurposing the things we have and enjoy. While sponsored posts are here to remain in the name of, firstly, supporting brands that I genuinely admire, and second, keeping a dwelling, breathing blog, my guarantee to you is that they’ll focus even longer on building a capsule home décor collection and on committing to the community at large, also. I have already begun donating the additional gifted craft supplies I have obtained to nearby churches and children’s applications, which seems just like a great matter to build on in an even bigger way this new calendar year.
Are you ready? I understand that I am! May your 2018 be filled with much more intentional decorating and living, and I would be so honored to have you follow together with my trip as I work toward a lifestyle and mindset I can be proud of. Cheers!
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