Wednesday, September 16, 2009

An apology

I mentioned in my last post that I am on a constant journey of self-improvement. One thing I've done since I graduated from college that is so rude is interrupt people when they're talking. I realized I was doing it over 7 years ago and have been working on it ever since, but still I find myself constantly talking over people. Believe me, I don't think what I have to say is more important than anyone else and I certainly don't think what you have to say is any less important. It is a very rude habit that it very hard to break! I just have a lot to say! It's like I have an internal voice box that never stops and when I'm around other people it gets on stage and has it's moment to shine. I've been trying to be a better listener. I'm continuing to work on it. Maybe one day you'll have a conversation with me and I will let you get a whole thought in. I sincerely apologize to everyone I come across. Lately I've started writing again (both on public forums such as this blog and in my private journal) and I think it has helped a lot. Getting my thoughts out of my head and onto paper (or a keyboard) tones down that urgent need to shout every thought I have across the rooftops! So, please bare with me as I continue to improve. And if you have something you really want to say, I won't be terribly offended if you just say, "Wait, wait, let me finish!"

edit: I have been consciously working on this and I do think I'm getting better! I still do it, but I catch myself a lot more now and stop it when I see myself doing it. I'll keep working on it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Making a home

I've gone without a digital camera with working flash for the majority of the summer. I didn't mind so much in the beginning because I figured I could still take pictures outside and we had Joe's super duper Nikon to take the good shots. But then today I was looking at pictures of my beautiful Rosemary that were taken in the past couple weeks and realizing how much I'm missing! She's almost 21 months old now and every day she seems to leave the baby stages behind a little more and embrace her ladyhood. So I'm prioritizing our spending and have decided the time has come to invest in a new camera. This will also mean more pics on here of all the lovely little things I'm doing around the house. In the past couple weeks I rearranged the guest/craft room, cleared off clutter from the entertainment unit in the living room and added some picture frames and other clutter-free decor, rearranged furniture, and in general have made the house more liveable. I've also decided that this blog should be about more than just the house. I found so many inspiring blogs about people clearing clutter from their lives and homes and pushing aside the materialism that our society is so consumed with to focus on the important things- most importantly, family. So this blog will be about all the little ways that I'm making my house a home.