Image of Chocolate Pecan Pie from Martha Stewart
My best friend and business partner, Reena, has a theory about balancing your work life and home life. She says your life is like a pie. Each thing that we spend time doing (like working, raising children, having a hobby, cooking dinner, or writing a blog) is like a slice of pie. There are only so many pieces of pastry available, and if you want to add something more to your life, you need to make the other slices smaller. She reminds me of this every time I feel bogged down by the pressures I put upon myself. It’s her way of telling me that it’s impossible to do absolutely everything perfectly and impossible to try to do absolutely everything all the time. I completely get what she is saying. But, I can’t help myself from wishing that my life was more like a bakery, where once I finished dishing out all my pie wedges I’d be able to reach into the display case and grab another one. Maybe even in a different flavor just for fun.
I’m bringing this up because I’ve was feeling pretty lousy about blogging. I didn’t feel very inspired to write. It just seemed that I had lost my voice, and I wasn’t even sure who I was writing for or why. So I decided to do something completely out of character. I decided that instead of spending more time on this wedge of my life, I’d give myself a pass and focus on other aspects that were in need of some attention. This pie slice needed to be divvied up into other areas.
The time I normally spent researching for my posts and on social media now were spent reflecting on my goals and achievements. I thought a lot about what direction the Pink Chandelier should go in, and I even wondered about shutting it down. But then, I realized that I really LOVE this blog! Sharing my thoughts, my projects and educating on design motivates me and makes me a better interior designer. I’m sure of it. Even though I had lost my way, I knew that having the Pink Chandelier as a creative outlet was one of the best things I had ever done for myself.
Suddenly, this weekend, after months of introspection, I began to feel refocused and re-engerized! I’ve just spent the last few days jotting down ideas and coming up with a schedule of post that should keep me going for quite a while. I have some great ideas for some new series which will continue to update you on our projects, introduce you to the style aesthetic of my very talented design team, give you some insight into our creative process, and continue to give design tips and educate on terminology. I am excited about these changes, and can’t wait to get started! Yahoo!
I recognize that in order for me to get back into this enthusiastic state, I needed to take some time away. It wouldn’t have been possible for me to really think this through critically if I had still been posting regularly. There are only so many slices of pie to go around, as it turns out. So to you, my friendly readers, thank you so much for hanging in there and patiently awaiting my return. I think you will really like what’s ahead!