Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what the focus of my blog should be. I do a lot of DIY through building, sewing, painting, and a whole lot of other stuff. Without trying to be mega-cheesy, I think it’s time to come up with a mission statement. A purpose for why I spend so much time taking pictures and posting projects.
More and more often these days, I try and be mindful about money. Where I spend it, what I buy, how I divvy it all up. With Christmas coming up, this has been pushed even more to the forefront of my thoughts. It seems like “Buy! Buy! Buy!” is being shouted from the rooftops everywhere I go. But why? Why do I need so much stuff? Why do I need to buy stuff for other people? I get bogged down in the mire of “more stuff”. For me personally, a thoughtful gesture means so much more than a mindless $10 tchotcke. I’d rather receive a babysitting voucher so I can take a date night. Or receive something thoughtfully crafted that I’ll treasure, like the charm necklace of my daughter that my mom gave me. So, this Christmas, I’m going to make a thorough effort to craft thoughtful presents for all those on my list. Not just buying stuff. I want to really think about something they will love and treasure for years to come. Something that will also be useful. No Tickle Me Elmo’s this year! I’m going to DIY with a mission.
From a blogging perspective, I want to focus more on three things:
By focusing on using what I already have (or can snag for free), I can make a dent on the useless waste that keeps getting me down these days. Like my repurposed door coffee table, or my shutter console, or the surprising Pinterest hit, my $10 makeover of my washer and dryer with a can of paint. I’m going to challenge myself to be more creative without being wasteful. I still want to build, but instead of always buying everything new, I’d like to try and think of ways to factor in unexpected supplies.
This doesn’t mean that I’m only going to post about dumpster diving and curbside pickings. I just want to emphasize that aspect a little more in what I post. I’m still going to chat about my adorable baby, and keep up with the free downloads. I’m not going to give my blog a complete overhaul. Just a little shift in focus to encourage you to use what’s already out there. Now to get cracking on some presents!