|real life right there. Family photo attempt|
I started this blog with the intention of using it as a kick in the rear to update our home. To keep me motivated to keep up with the projects. Yet as the months went on, and nothing new was being updated, because, hello, that costs money and we don't have money to spend on updates, I realized that Polkadot Fluff couldn't just be about home projects. So I began crafting and cooking. But most of what I posted was already done a thousand times over on Pinterest, and with better pictures. Then our computer broke, then the camera broke, then I kinda broke.
Every time I got online (i.e. Pinterest) I was bombarded with these blogs. Blogs that looked wonderful. Blogs that had a million followers. Blogs that people actually commented on. Blogs that if I looked closely I would of realized had been around for years and had paid someone to make their blog look so wonderful. But still I was broken. I talked myself out of everything. I just knew I could never be as good as those other bloggers. And they were all friends!! And they all go to the same conferences and are always buying super nice things (because I might just stalk one or two on Instagram *don't lie, you stalk people too*) that I could never afford. Oh the jealousy. The green eyed monster reared its ugly head bad. And that takes me to Self Appreciation.
"you is smart, you is kind, you is important"
YOU. You are wonderful, and talented and beautiful. In everything you do, even if you mess it up. These are the words that I am telling myself everyday. Because sometimes I forget. That mean ol' jealousy gets the best of me and I give up. Not anymore. Even if my blog is not the prettiest, or my Etsy shop didn't get a sale, or my new adventure (Ahoy Amigo, more on that soon!) is taking longer than I thought, does NOT mean that I need to give up. You are your worst enemy and that is the truth. I am harder on myself that anyone else. Not a single person has said one negative thing about any of those things I listed above. Those negative thoughts are all in my head. And they get me down. And I get in a funk and stay living on Funk Street until I stop the jealousy and realize that I rock! Even if the only people that realize it are my family, that is enough. (kinda, I would LOVE for the world to think I'm Awesome, come on, a girls gotta have goals)
Appreciate what you have and who you are. Because you is smart, you is kind, you is important. And don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
After realizing that jealousy is in my head and it's up to me to put a stop to it, and realizing I kick butt and take names (on days that I get a good nights sleep anyway), I come to Self Fulfillment. It's up to me to make my own way. No one is going to hand me success. I have to work my tush off to make it in the big world. And I will. Just you wait. It might take me another year to get going full steam ahead, but I will. And when I do, watch out.
So back to the blog. I want to take this baby in a new direction. Instead of home projects, look for life projects and moments. I'm a mom first and for most and that will take a lead in a lot of my posts. I still craft with my kids but mostly they are messes because they are four and two. And cook? Ain't nobody got time for that. Kidding, but now that it's finally warm out, I do enjoy grilling out. A love of kid fashion might (no might about it, it'll be there) make an appearance or two. But stay tuned. I'm pretty hopeful that you will enjoy all I have in store for you!!
Enjoy, and thanks for sticking with me!