If you are not already reading Maria Killam's blog, Color Me Happy, you should bookmark it right now. Not only is she a great designer and an excellent writer, she is also a great friend and mentor. She changed the way I think about blogs when she wrote about blogging here. She said; "The instant friendships you make blogging are the greatest thing about it." Until then, I thought blogs were more of a one-way street and I never left comments. (even though I read them everyday). She said that it is only polite to comment after reading a post and that "if you comment on [her] blog, [she] will always post a comment on yours. It’s just good manners." Since then I have left comments on every post I have read and it works. Most people leave a comment or email back and I have made some nice friends.
Photo courtesy: Maria Killam
Maria introduced me to another great blogger, Penelope Trunk, a career therapist. It seems that every post relates to me, personally. Start reading and you will see why I love her, unless you have all the answers to life, your career and finding eternal happiness (then you'll hate it). In a recent post: How to be more interesting to other people. She said “We each have spots in our lives where two colors are coming together and we're not sure what will happen.That's the part we should talk about when we talk about ourselves. If you limit the conversation, discussing only what you are certain about, then there's no chance to stand on equal footing with your conversation partner. You stand on equal footing when you both reveal your struggles with what you don't know yet, and the conversation can contribute to the answer."
Lightbulb moment. My blog has been a one-way conversation and that is really not the point of blogging, is it? It made me sad to think that I don't know my readers and they don't know me. Most of you know that I am a full-time-mom who just finished building/remodeling my third home (I only own one at time). I love everything to do with homes; buying, selling, fixing up, tearing down, remodeling, redecorating, or starting from scratch. I have always worked with clients as an interior designer, however, that has never been my full-time occupation. Before becoming a mother, I worked in the corporate world as a marketing and communications consultant. I am an entrepreneur and designer by nature and I love to have a project.
Those are the things I am certain about. However, This is where my two colors are colliding: I planned to have another baby at this point in my life. The first one took eight years to produce so I am not sure if/when another will come our way. In the mean time, I am picking up more design clients and having a blast navigating the design business. I am not sure what this next stage in my life looks like but so far the path is beautiful and intriguing.
Thank you for reading my blog and for sharing your feedback and ideas!