I have a few (actually, many) thoughts and updates for you today.
Over the past seven years of blogging, I’ve thought a lot about you, the audience and the content here on FTRB.
At first it was easy. There was no audience! So I was just putting ideas out there about how to make my new house a home. Slowly other design bloggers and I found each other and we started having conversations through comments. (Remember comments?!) I feel like there was a relative small group of bloggers back then and we all kind of got to know each other as we visited each other other’s sites every day. It was like having a group of like-minded friends.
Then, the audience grew to include people who were looking for inspiration for their own homes or people just interested in design. I kept blogging about my house, more blogs were born and there was a lot of engagement on all of them. Good times.
But slowly, everything changed. Blogs primarily became sources for pretty images and more and more people were doing a drive-by, taking what they wanted and moving on. They weren’t necessarily interested in getting acquainted or coming back. While this meant my traffic was up, interaction was down.
And looking back, this change started to affect what and how I shared here. I can’t count the number of posts I’ve written or started but never published because I didn’t think anyone would be interested in anything other than a long post filled with photos of interiors. And while that may be the only thing a one-time visitor may care about, I want to go back to having more of a dialogue with my regular readers, subscribers, blog friends….. my Right Bankers, if you will. While I’ve never been one to drone on and on about the minutiae of my daily life like some bloggers, I also never intended this to be anything but a personal blog.
So I’m going to stop editing myself so much and just talk to you about what’s going on at FTRB and what I’m pondering. And these days, that’s mostly what it means to live a good, healthy and happy life. Project Simplify is a good example. I also want to go back to sharing what’s inspiring me at the moment (like the images scattered throughout this post). You know, like back in the good old days of blogging before Pinterest put the kibosh on all that.
So with that said, let me fill you in on a few things…..
First, I’ve been wanting to give you a final update on Project Simplify and I even wrote not one, but two posts about it but they were truly so boring that I couldn’t bring myself to post them. That’s also why there hasn’t been a blog post in over a month. Sorry! But I also don’t want to leave you hanging if you who have been following along so here is the ultra condensed version of what I did with the remaining three categories. (I reported on Part 1 – House here and Part 2 – Wardrobe/Closet here.)
Part 3 – Financial/Legal/Business
-Purged all unnecessary and outdated emails and files (both digital and paper).
-Updated all of my passwords. (Yes, all of them!)
-Made a list of anything with a due date (taxes, registrations, etc.) and set them as ongoing events in my calendar with a reminder.
-Created a seasonal checklist for home maintenance, researched people to take care of them and scheduled them.
Part 4 – Creative Projects
-Organized all photos (digital and print).
-Purged old art and office supplies.
-(Ongoing) Cleaning out, organizing and decorating my studio and office to create a space that is conducive to creating. (I’ll take you on a tour as soon as I’m finished!)
Part 5 – Health and Spirituality
-Set up all medical checkups in my calendar as recurring events with reminders.
-Got up to date on all checkups!
-Created a daily schedule that incorporates workout, meditation, spiritual study/reading.
-Scheduled regular breaks from social media and screens/devices.
-(Ongoing) Experimenting with simple recipes to add variety to my standard repertoire without making it too taxing. (I think I’ll roundup some of my favorite recipes in a future post.)
In summary, by simplifying these five areas of my life I feel like I’ve set up a solid baseline of organization going forward and that will free up a lot of wasted time and energy. As I said, that was the driving force behind the entire project. But in addition to that, I learned a great deal about myself in the process. I got crystal clear on my values and how I want to live my life and all of that is helping me to make better decisions about where I want to devote my attention and energy.
For example, going forward, I’ve committed to giving more time to the charities I work with. I also want to spend the majority of my time creating art (I draw and paint mostly) and I’m working up the courage to share more about it here on the blog. Personal development is another area I want to continue to pursue. I also have some very big, extra special trips coming up in the next six months. And I’m trying to learn Italian which I’ve been studying on and off for the past year.
In order to make time for all of these things, I had to cut out other things.
So, firstly, my online pop-up shop Goods FROM THE RIGHT BANK is now closed. You may have noticed I hadn’t held a pop-up in quite a while but I recently made it official. It had a good run and I thank you for your support over the years!
Secondly, I stopped taking on e-design projects a couple of years ago but I don’t think I’ve ever made a formal announcement. I want to thank all of you who sought my advice over the years. It was always an honor to be invited into your homes and I enjoyed getting to know and work with all of you.
(I’ve also cut back on decorating projects in general but still take on consulting projects now and then where the fit and timing are right. Please send me a message if you’d like to discuss a project.)
Now none of this means I’m decorating any less because, among other things, there is still that magazine shoot to prepare for….
On that front, here is my punch list to get the house ready! (There has been a lot of rearranging going on!)
- Reupholster stools for living room.
- Find new pillows for living room.
- Hang art in guest rooms.
- Find rug for the master bedroom
- Hang art in dressing room.
- Find new stools for kitchen island?
Paint guest room pink/peach.(This one is done but I just wanted the satisfaction of crossing it off this list!)
- Styling, styling, styling.
I’ll share the details of everything on this list in another post(s) since your eyes are probably ready to fall out of their sockets by now! Thanks so much for reading today….. and for the past seven years! I truly appreciate you being here. Let’s see where the next seven take us!
*If you know the source of this photo, please let me know.