{hueville: lavender}


Aw, lavender. I love the smell of it and the hue itself is very calming. Though, I tend to like the hue when it nears the grayish part of the color spectrum. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that lavender is known for its calming effects. Anyway, all of the above is making me feel calm right now; Something I've been craving...



If you haven't yet noticed, I've been taking things slow around here. I would like to say that I'm easing my way back into the blogging routine, but really two things have been happening. First, I've been helping with some of my husband's marketing efforts for his real estate business (more on that tomorrow). My husband and his team handle traditional buy and sell and rehabilitating distressed homes. Second, I've been taking my resolution to assess my blog's direction very seriously (No. 1 on my list of goals for 2013). I don't know if a rebranding or new direction is in order but I must confess, I'm utterly confused, almost to the point of inaction. I'm almost scared to admit any of this because people don't visit blogs to read that you're feeling confused and stuck. Am I right? People visit blogs to be inspired, taught, motivated, carried away…But those feelings are far and few between right now. All I can offer right now are real moments. Hopefully, these moments are worth reading.* Anyway, the silver lining is that I've been reading A LOT, and going to bed on time. Thank goodness for silver linings. And, don't you worry, I've got some fun things planned for you next week.


So, tell me, have you ever felt out of sorts about your blogging? What inspires you to continue?


image source: moodboard via Decor8 / feathers / branches
*Actually, my favorite blogs to read are the ones that share personal struggles and triumphs.

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  1. I've missed you dear. There's a somberness to these pictures that makes me feel you're feeling blue. Or lavender. I definitely have these swings in my blogging. In fact, I'm so stuck on a redesign (and have been so mired in other stuff) that I've simply been pretending that it doesn't exist! Fingers in my ears, la-la-la-la-la! And why do I come here? I don't care if I'm taught or inspired...I just come to see YOU. XO

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  2. First of all, I love the color. And I love the moodboard, because hello, macarons! Also the texture on that flower/feathery thing is just divine and I want to stroke it. 

    Have I ever felt out of sorts about my blog? Um, hi. I am a walking ball of anxiety and self-doubt, shrouded in a layer of neuroses. You bet I've felt out of sorts. I'm sure I felt this way all along to some degree but it's really been more pronounced this month, it feels like. Maybe there's been some cosmic shift we're unaware of? Anyway, at least twice a week I go to bed fed up, throwing my hands in the air, and saying, "Screw it. I just won't post tomorrow. I have nothing to post about. I'm done." And then I read and go to sleep (two very important things, I'm glad you're doing both of them in healthy doses :) and feel differently in the morning. I guess I've been chugging along, but my 365 is feeling sourly neglected. I have pictures from every single day, but no motivation to edit/upload them or keep up with it. That's a whole extra set of worry right there. Is it cheesy to admit that Paris inspires me to continue? Writing? Or my very real sense of obligation? That's a little less glamorous than the first two, haha.I read blogs to feel inspired, sure. But I mostly read blogs to get to know people. And guess what? People aren't perfect and rainbows and flawless days all the time. It's honest and real for you to admit you're struggling. That's what I love most. Those are my favorite bits because it gives me a real sense of YOU. I like you just the same, too. :)

    Can't wait to see what you've got in store next week. Keep your chin up, lovely girl. xoxo

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  3. For some reason, I can never see all of the comments on your posts, so forgive me if this is a repeat...

    I love your blog because of the personal side you show- you're a very thoughtful writer, and you go deeper than many "lifestyle" bloggers I read. Plus, you have a great eye visually, and you love books and music- I always enjoy those posts :) I think you'll find the right path if you do make changes- just trust your instincts. I'm sure all of us come back here because of the you that comes through in your posts. 
    As far as growing, though- I have no clue. I sometimes think I know what I would need to do to make my blog bigger but I don't really want to/feel comfortable doing those things right now. 
    Can't wait to see what is to come, T :) xo

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  4. Today's Hueville is so very pretty and I'm so glad to hear that its helped you get your mojo back, so to speak. One of my favourite stress remedies is to have a long, hot bath with the lavender scent of my favourite Neom candle wafting around me.

    Your new new venture with your husband sounds so exciting and I cannot WAIT to hear more about it! :D

    As for blogging, I do often feel my offline life threatening to derail my blogging schedule but knowing that I'm accountable to loyal readers and great friends (like you!) who support me so selflessly is what keeps me going. I also regard blogging as another very important outlet for my creativity through my writing, photography, etc.

    I LOVE your honesty and I don't want you to ever feel bad about admitting to having moments of fear, doubt and confusion. I mean - hello? - we've all been there and I for one would never, EVER think any less of you or your blog for injecting some humanity into the blogosphere. Lord knows it needs it.

    Take it from me, honey - you are doing great. You are inspiring and wonderful enough just as you are - every facet of you. Don't doubt it for a second! :D xoxo

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  5. i'm with erin... i am drawn more to blogs these days by the sense of connection & belonging & less by the pretty pictures & products... i find i'm a lot more engaged when bloggers reveal aspects of their life & where they're at in any given process... so in my book, posts like this one serve double duty... what inspires me to keep going? i liken blogging to a relationship, of sorts... & like any relationship, some days are fun & fanciful, some are downright dull & frustrating, but i can't imagine life without it...

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  6. lavender is my absolute favorite scent.  i never cared for the color, but like you, find the greyish hue beautiful and calming.  the thing about blogging is that... it's just that.  it's just blogging.  it's an outlet for you and you alone.   when you're feeling it, you write.  when you're not, you don't. 

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  7. This gets me excited for spring! Love lavender scented anything. You're relaxing me already just seeing and thinking about it :) Hope all is well! xo

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  8. Christine DinsmoreJanuary 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    can i just ditto every single thing that erin said up until the writing part? for one, change is necessary sometimes and if you feel the need for it i would say that means it's probably time. i did the same thing and it definitely reinvigorated my love for blogging. now i need to do that for my business  - right now i am in the procrastinating phase ; )

    as for not wanting to say those things - well i for one like to read blogs where people are real, it makes me feel more connected for one, and for two, better about those days that i am uninspired or at a loss. and when those people (like you) take those steps it makes me feel like i can do it too. it's far more inspiring to me than those super fab blogs where it seems like they never have a bad day or simply got lucky or know all the right people and it's just all so perfect. those blogs might inspire a new design idea but they don't inspire my soul. the real moments are where it's at. 

    i agree about the dusty/grey lavender - one of my favorites. and, speaking of lavender i can't wait to go for a walk this spring and smell the scent of lilacs in the air. xoxo

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  9. Hee-hee, I think I'm in that "pretending it doesn't exist" phase also. La-la-la, I can't hear you. Aw, we'll get there. Let's promise each other to cut ourselves some slack and lean in to the unease, for now.

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  10. Thanks for the encouragement, Erin. I'm so glad you mentioned the "cosmic shift." I definitely think there's something underfoot ever since the new year started. I was at funeral for a young friend last Sunday (yes, two funerals in a row last weekend!) and my girlfriend was mentioning that she knows or has heard about a lot of people that are depressed. Hopefully, this means the pendulum is ready to swing in the other direction, for everyone who needs it right now.

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  11. You definitely hit the nail on the head - I know what I need to do to grow, but I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable with the steps involved. Oh well. In the end, as long as we create content that feels right to us, then we'll have no regrets. I suppose I was preaching to the choir when I wrote about sharing real moments. I think everyone in this comment section does a great job at creating honest and passionate posts, yourself included.

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  12. Oh, Chi, now I'm blushing. I promise I wasn't fishing for compliments when I wrote that post, but I'll take them. Hahaha. As I mentioned in the post, I love blogs whose author shares personal triumphs and struggles. I don't know why I beat myself up or should want anything different for mine.  Blocks and self-doubt are going to happen; They're simply part of the creative process. Plain and simple.

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  13. That's a great comparison, Sue. Blogging is like a relationship, or should be. It's makes the journey richer and more engaging. Imagine a relationship with no struggle, no strife, and all happy unicorns and rainbows. It quickly becomes one-dimensional, for certain. Great point.

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  14. Well, there's a motto we can all live by - When you're feeling it, you write. When you're not, you don't.
    I think many of us adhere to these self-imposed blogging pressures. When in fact, there are no set rules and we can do what we want/need. It should never be taken too, too seriously. Thanks for the reminder.

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  15. Did you pick up on my little spring hint? I felt like I was cheating a bit since most are in the dead of winter. Oh well, sometimes a reprieve is necessary. Hope all is well with you too, Marit!

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  16. You know, I never thought it of it that way - That my sharing might help someone else get unstuck. This fact should be elementary since I always learn and get so much out of a post that shares struggle and comes out the other side.
    At this very moment, I'm imagining your spring walk in my mind; It sounds lovely. Please share photos when that day arrives. Deal?

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  17. hello t!  your two things sound positive!  helping your husband and taking care of your family come first, and what you say about taking your goal #1 seriously is wonderful!  so, you don't know exactly what you want yet - so you just live with the question and keep asking.  just stay there and do the work.  

    my blog reminds me to notice.  i love the creative outlet, when i don't have time to sketch, paint, or craft.  i can always notice, make a quick capture, and share.  i've had times when i'm so busy i almost take a pass (report card time!), but it's important to keep seeing the beauty, even when we're busy.  

    best wishes, and i'm happy to be along on your blogging adventure.  life's a journey.  joy to you!

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  18. Raluca | WhatWouldGwynethDoJanuary 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    So very timely. After getting those (ahem) less than supportive comments on my blog earlier this week, I had such a "what the hell am I doing?" reaction that wouldn't go away. But the next day I woke to some great comments and feedback and support and it just made me realize that it's fine to not always know, to occasionally put out less than stellar content, to not please everybody. If I am pleasing even a few people, and most importantly, myself...then I will keep going.

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  19. Um yes everyday I think 'why do I do this? who cares anyway what I'm up to?' and I agree with Erin and Sue that I like blogs where there's a real person behind it. I don't read big name blogs anymore for this reason as you get nothing back. I like to feel like I have a friend chatting to me when I'm reading someone's blog.

    Richard's granny was called Lavender. Isn't that unusual? xx

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  20. T, I love your honesty, and I love your blog because of the personal, thoughtful approach that you take to your writing. A sense of 'real'. And you are not alone... i feel like this, often! Your sharing, and showing your real self will definitely help others,  and it makes your readers feel more connected to you.  Your wishing for spring is so filled with hope and renewal. Be kind to yourself! xx

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  21. I've been feeling the same T.  When there's a lot going on in our worlds, particularly new things, we lose touch with why we were blogging in the first place, the reasons we do things will shift with time and experience and it seems impossible to get back in the groove.  I think we have to keep going (but only when ready!) and speak from the heart.  I too am only interested in those blogs that have some personality and give a real insight into the person blogging.  You do that particularly well and I'll always come back for the next instalment :-)  I  believe that we will support each other no matter how often or not we blog.  That's what I hope for anyway ;-) xx

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  22. I'm glad you shared this with us - there are a lot of different emotions that I experience with blogging, confusion being one of the more common ones.  Seeing people do so well with theirs, I start to question what I could do to improve and why mine is not realizing the same success.  I also then have to take a step back and try to remember why it is that I started mine in the first place and what I'm trying to get out of it.  So far for me, it's not so much about branding as it is about staying true to the reason I started in the first place and not getting caught up what others are doing.

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  23. love lavender! it seems like you've got a lot going on! helping with the hubby...blogging...kids...etc! you sure know how to juggle life :) as for blogging...sometimes i wonder if i'm pleasing my readers. i try to post regularly and try to make it interesting, which i think can be difficult at times. 

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  24. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Theresa, I think it's great that you wrote about your struggles because I can identify with them. And I think it's ok to step back and reevaluate what direction you want to take. Enjoy your trip to Oahu and maybe you come back energized and full of ideas!

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