Remember a few months ago when I shared that we were likely moving to a smaller townhouse and downsizing? Well, life has a way of changing plans and we are staying put. I had wild dreams of buying a brand new and less expensive home a little further out and having a new kitchen, new bathrooms, new floors, new everything. So tempting!
My home is definitely not shiny and new. It needs new front steps, a coat of paint and the inside has so many “to-do” projects that they tend to become overwhelming. But the thing is, I love my house with all of its imperfections. It is large and comfy and full of our memories. It is our home that is in our neighborhood and has our schools. Plus, it is walking distance to the metro and our city with my beloved Washington Nationals! My girls are still here and Matthew is not far away. One day, I will be able to move to Mexico or vacation in Europe half the year but that time has yet to come.
And so, I won’t be able to post about a new home and all of that excitement. I will stick to my home and the improvements we hope to make in the near future. The good news is that in my zeal to move I was able to clean and purge and the house feels so much better now!
One more “life” note. Turning 50 was quite a milestone. My life for 20 years was raising small children and in a blink of an eye, they were big. They are wonderful teenagers whom I enjoy now even more than as babies (and I loved my babies!). They are funny and smart and well, just awesome. What more can a mother ask for?
I started The Painted Drawer seven years ago when my children were at an in-between stage. They were no longer small children that needed my constant attention but were not yet self sufficient and still needed an adult’s care. This would have meant hiring a nanny or having them go to costly after-school programs if I had taken on outside employment. It was, however, a time for change and I decided to start my own business from home.
This is where starting an at-home business was key and I am so glad that I did. Not only have I been able to express myself with my painted projects, but I have learned so many other skills along the way. How to create a website, photography and social media skills, bookkeeping, creating content and scheduling blog posts, running an online store, putting together a space and selling at an outdoor market, shipping and a myriad of other skills. I had no idea then but it was the best thing in the world for me. All of the skills that I learned and mastered through The Painted Drawer eventually opened the door to my current job at Strathmore.
Honestly, running a business from home can become very solitary. I go to my gym four times a week and see my friends there, but the days were getting long without any peers to chat with. Now my days are spent in both an office setting with co-workers and at home doing my custom paint projects for my clients. Plus, I can stay connected to you through the blog. Win-win!
My moral of the story is to keep growing your skills and follow your inspiration and when life begins to change, as it surely will, you will be ready to take it on. Don’t be afraid of life’s changes.