Warning: This post is not going to tell you how to do anything. It will not give you instructions on how to paint anything. It will not tell you how to use gold leaf. It will not feature pretty rooms in my home. It will come straight from my heart and mind, and it will meander a bit, but my purpose is to inspire you. To help ease the long windedness, I’ve interjected some photos from my time at the beach last week.
Coming soon this blog will be getting a makeover and moving to wordpress. In the new design process, I had a hard time fitting my tagline in, but eventually made it work. After all, the tagline really tells you what Primitive and Proper is all about: life, paint, and the pursuit of happiness. Why is this statement so important to me? It’s all pertinent, but that last part, which was stolen straight out of the Declaration of Independence (fitting that I should be talking about it this week as our nation celebrates) is how I choose to live my life. I seek out happiness, and I measure my success not by the wealth I gain (and it’s a good thing, because if I did I would be a failure!) but by the joy I feel in the everyday.
Just a few weeks ago Sarah and I were chatting about making Sweet Clover a success and dreaming of where our barn would be in one year. We are working hard to create a business that works for us and fits our lives, and of course provides an income. (As I mentioned, I am not looking to “get rich” but to be able to help more around the house, put money towards a family vacation, or more family outings…. those are the monetary goals I have). Sarah mentioned that she would be going to a party with several old co-workers and suggested they might say “Oh, Sarah, what happened to you?”
My reply was that was not at all what they’d be saying. They’d instead say “Wow, Sarah! Look at you…. you are living a life you love, doing what you love, and working with someone you have a blast with!” To me, it’s clear that Sarah is the one “succeeding” here.
I thought long and hard this past weekend about happiness and success. Next week, along with a few hundred other home/design/DIY bloggers I will head to Haven in Atlanta. I am excited to see some familiar faces, hug old friends, and make new ones as well. I am looking forward to learning and growing, becoming a better person and a better blogger. But before I headed out the door, I wanted to remind not only myself, but all of you that you can not measure your own value by the success of others, and not to measure your success by your income or popularity. This world is full of many crazily talented and beautiful people. Admire their amazingness and let them inspire you, but do not compare yourself to them. Choose to embrace your unique self and follow your own path to happiness…. seek it out as America’s forefathers wished for us.
Always be true to yourself, and happiness will come naturally to you!