It’s been notably quiet on here since April, and I thought it might be time to explain why. 2016 has not been an easy year. A raging conflict in Syria that has displaced millions of families and killed millions more, a referendum in the UK that brought out a very nasty side of society, a run of high-profile deaths (I’m still sad about David Bowie) the rise of a racist, misogynistic, thin-skinned and thick-brained presidential candidate in the US (I refuse to use his name and give him more free-media) coupled with ongoing gun violence and serious issues with race, and the continuing issues with terrorism. Two of those things would be enough to make a year challenging, but they’re all happening at once.
On top of that, life at home has thrown constant tests our way. From me going back to work full-time, to Liam’s unexpected stint in the hospital earlier this year, to the daily grind of living and working in one of the world’s biggest (and best!!) cities. Time literally evaporates, and what used to be a creative outlet started to become a source of stress. Another thing on the ‘to-do’ list. So I mentally put it to one side until it could be a source of positivity in my life again.
Space is a wonderful thing for perspective. On my little self-imposed sabbatical, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. With everything happening in the world, somehow it feels wrong to continue frittering on about frivolous things. I’ve also started feeling uneasy about the ‘perfect picture’ of life that social media and blogs often paint. Am I adding to someone else’s stress or feelings of ‘not measuring up’ by writing about my home, design and beautiful things that are often unaffordable and unnecessary? Am I creating a home that is a refuge from daily life for my family? A place we can relax, bond, and just be ourselves, or is everything I’m doing so that I can score a gorgeous picture at the end? Am I doing something that will make a positive impact in someone else’s life? On my daughter’s life? My husband’s? Or one of the few readers that has stuck with me for all this time? Would anyone miss the noise that I’m currently creating, or would they move on to one of the other amazing home interior blogs out there on the internet? When I was really honest with myself, the answer to a lot of those questions pointed towards a decision that it’s time to bring this site to a close, and devote myself to something else.
That ‘something else’ is in the works at the moment, and I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up and running. In the meantime, I wish you all well. Thank you for reading along all these years. It’s been wonderful to share my time with you. But like all things in life, it’s time for a change.
As a parting word, I can only pass on some advice that was given to me recently. Be kind to one another. There is enough unhappiness already in this world; we don’t need to be the cause of more.
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