I just spent the weekend at the SNAP! conference. It was amazing!
There is nothing like getting together with a huge group of talented, creative women who totally get you.
I met women that sew.
Women that use power tools.
Women that make jewelry.
Women that share my spray paint addiction.
Women that spend hours taking and editing photos.
Women that decorate.
Women that are trying to find a balance between blogging and family time.
Women dealing with divorce, infertility, betrayal, abuse, wayward children, unemployment, and a host of other trials.
I met women who choose to smile in spite of those trials.
I was taught, I was inspired, I was uplifted.
I am so grateful for a husband who encourages me to attend these wonderful conferences, and then holds down the fort while I am away.
I learned a lot while I was there, but I think the biggest thing I took away was that I need to be a little more "real" on my blog. I tend to just post the instructions for tutorials, the recipe photo and tips, and the before and after photos of my projects.
I've been afraid of interjecting anything personal because I didn't want to bore the heck out of you. But I'm afraid I've become a bit of a fact spewing machine. I've lost a little of the connection I love to feel with my readers. I want it back.
This has been a whole lotta words with no photos, so I don't know if any of you are still with me. If you are. . .
In keeping with the whole "being more personal", I'm sharing a few things you probably don't know about me. I hope we can still be friends.
2-I cannot stand to write with a dull pencil. It gives me the heebie jeebies like fingernails on a chalkboard. I currently have 3 boxes of mechanical pencils in my cupboard, just so I'm prepared. I know, I'm a freak.
3-I would rather scrub toilets than unload the dishwasher. I loathe unloading the dishwasher. I've been known to wash dishes by hand rather than have to unload. Told you I was a freak.
4-There is not one room in my house that is totally finished. Not one. Some are 90% done, but some are only 20% done. Sometimes I think it would be easier to move.
5-I am the most uncoordinated person that I have ever met. I can trip walking across carpet in my bare feet. For reals. High heels are totally out of the question. Which is a huge bummer because I am only 5'2".
6-I wear my ugly pair of crocs almost every day, because they are comfortable. If you look closely in this photo, you can see them.
Classy, no? I am happy to report that I do draw the line at wearing them in public. I do have a small degree of pride left.
7-I'm pretty sure that when God was handing out math skills, I was in the kitchen making refreshments. I have a college degree, but I still have to use my fingers to add. After my kids pass 3rd grade, I can't even help them with their math homework.
8-It's been so long since I washed the sheets in my boys' bedroom that our entire basement smells like a locker room. I have to hold my breath when I walk down there.
Feel better about yourself? I am sooo not perfect. No one is. We just need to accept ourselves (and each other) for who we are. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. We all have quirks. And that is OK. Actually, it's awesome!!
Hope you all have a fabulous week! Now I'm off to tackle stinky laundry and piles of crap!