Back in Action: Part 2

Before we officially hit the reset button, I want to just mention a few other bits of housekeeping, ‘er, blogkeeping. For those of you that don’t know, I’m excited to announce that I am currently 25 weeks pregnant! I let my blog baby fall by the wayside soon after we found out back in February. All of a sudden I just had this incredible urge to be more present in my life and focus on growing our new addition. One of the first things to go was worrying about blog posts and projects. I was EXHAUSTED and it just didn’t seem to matter. Then I got to thinking about the blog in general, like I mentioned in the previous post, and if it was something I wanted to maintain. And if so, in what form…what would I talk about, how strictly would I adhere to posting, how schizophrenic did I want it to be? Did I even want to share a stitch about pregnancy and my growing family? I was feeling very private all of a sudden. And for the most part, I’m still feeling that way. While I’m happy to make our little announcement here, I won’t be discussing much about pregnancy here. Frankly, there is quite literally nothing to share. Not only have I been blessed with an uneventful pregnancy, I haven’t had a stitch of morning sickness, no real cravings, and until about 6 seconds ago (quite literally, I poo you not) I haven’t even felt that pregnant. Right now…I feel massive. WTH. Other than that, you won’t be reading any “state of the uterus” addresses, we don’t know the gender (who woulda thunk it…I hate surprises!), and I won’t be posting my birth plan, birth story, or otherwise birth related birth bits. No one cares that I’m planning to try cloth diapering (why yes, I am, and we’ll leave it at that) just as much as I’m sure no one cares about yet another new lamp I’ve purchased and placed on table in a completely uncreative and uninspired way. Nor are we really doing, or plan to do any major blog worthy re-decorations or renovations in the near future. Yes, most of our house is builder basic but it’s frankly not that bad. Not to mention, time and funds don’t really allow for any major blog worthy overhauls. And do you really care that we just put new Pottery-Barn-look-a-like-great-deal-at-Home-Depot bar lights over our kitchen bar and they look fab? Didn’t think so. The play by play of Andrew climbing the ladder, taking down old lights, putting up new ones, now wow, here’s a picture, just isn’t that thrilling. Want to see them? Come over, I’ll make you dinner and we can stare at them as long as your little heart desires. Wow, I’m being a snarky and hard on myself I suppose, but I’m trying to (not so gracefully) segue into what this blog will now be about. Hope I haven’t excited you too much because the niche isn’t that original but I hope at least 90% of the content will be. I’ll be focusing most strictly on original DIY and craft based projects. Posts will come as infrequently or as frequently as I find time and inspiration for projects I create. I plan to begin documenting some of these projects shortly as I have a few DIY ideas in mind for my nursery which I MUST get cracking on…oh, only 14 more weeks till Baby C arrives? NBD. As an example, what my blog posts will NOT be is a play-by-play of my entire decorating process for the nursery. Ain’t nobody got time for that. That’s not to say I’m not hoping to share some nice photographs of my projects actually in place in a completed space…and if anyone is begging for a source list I’ll of course provide a short list of details of the main elements but again, I won’t take you through saga’s of choosing paint colors. Seriously, you want a saga, go watch Game of Thrones…I mean seriously WHAT THE HECK was with the last 2 episodes of season 3? I’m still recovering.

On that note, I’m excited to get started on some projects and try to develop some DIY projects from the ground up. Both large and small. I do hope you’ll join me on this revamped journey. I’ll plan on keeping all of my previous posts intact and accessible on this blog for posterity’s sake but otherwise, anticipate a new focus going forward. Oh! And a new blog design! Finally! My ultimate goal is to keep things consistent and inspired. Looking forward to your visit!

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Back in Action: Part 1

Long time, no see. I’ve missed you. Although “you” probably refers to my Dad, who I believe was my only consistent reader, like, ever. But for what it’s worth, I’ve missed blogging. This is not the first time I’ve fallen off of the proverbial wagon when it comes to updating Get Carey’d Away. I get distracted, uninspired, bored, and pressured (all self-inflicted) and I take a hiatus. Only to begin to feel the itch to circle back, and rekindle the relationship once again…sort of like that bad-for-you boyfriend who gives you a headache more often than not but inevitably is your soul mate and you just can’t live without. Ok, overly dramatic analogy but I have to admit it sort of sums up my relationship with blogging so far. The rub is I actually do love blogging. Mainly, I do it for myself and I’ve decided that sometimes I need the outlet and other times, I can completely do without it and can’t be bothered. I stick fast to the mindset that if readers come, than great, but if not, I’m doing this mostly for my own entertainment and enjoyment and so long as I find it fulfilling, I’ll keep at it. I’m still undecided how consistently I want to post. Part of me continues to remind myself that this blog is first and foremost for me…primarily started as a way to journal life, keep family updated, and dabble in discussing and sharing some of the things I enjoy and find inspiring. The other half of me feels pressured to find a focus and at times, when the blog feels like a chore, I feel I’m left with the decision to either treat it as if it matters to other people and I owe whoever may be reading worthwhile content vs. just ignoring it for awhile. That’s the other problem. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not entirely sure I’ve offered anyone any worthwhile content. My husband uses a great description when it comes to what makes a good blog, and he reminds me of this point: “no one cares what you ate for lunch today”. Seriously, blogging can end up being about really mundane cow poopy. To date, mine probably is. For example, I don’t think I’ve been too terribly original. The blogosphere has EXPLODED, even in the time that I’ve been writing, and it’s hard not to subconsciously latch onto been there, done that trends, write about similar topics, and be inspired by the same things where most posts end up looking virtually the same across all blogs. I mean, even I’ll be the first to admit…how many posts can we read about painting your living room gray? Don’t get me wrong, I did it, and I love it. But was it original, no. In a nutshell, I’ve had a great deal of fun finding my voice on this blog so far. I’ve enjoyed trying my hand at discussing things that interest and inspire me, but I’ve decided that if I am going to continue this blog, then I need to significantly narrow my focus. It just feels right…more manageable, more enjoyable, and overall, more fun. In fact, I debated starting an entirely new blog altogether but I’m just too married to my blog name. So, we’ll let the past be the past and move forward refreshed and refocused. Stay tuned. I have some more brief updates to share!