• Surviving is Enough

     

    Balance is defined as "an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady." In the last couple of years, I've read many articles about trying to find a balance, a work/life/family balance. As a stay-at-home-mom (my 3 year-old and 1 year-old are with me 70% of the time), work from home woman with mainly 2 businesses (multiple businesses in the works), wife to a silly web developer, and blogger (yes, I do blog occasionally or I think about it ALOT) - YES, I AM BUSY! 

    So, when I read this article by Jenell Paris it really resonated with me.  She talks about "work life survival" and just doing what it takes to maintain..to survive.  Finally, an article that is speaking to me!  Most days are far from perfect from here, but I've been "trying to find that balance." That has lead to frustration and disappointment.  

    I've tried for some time to evenly distribute the weight of the many parts of my life - work and life. I've put a lot of pressure on myself too. And guess what I've learned? Balance is not possible for me...it just ain't gonna happen. I've learned really quickly this year (the busiest year of my life) that trying to find this balance I keep reading about, just isn't going to happen.  There are way to many things going on, on a daily basis, to stress myself with "I gotta find a balance." And that is OK.

    What I am in control of, is keeping what things are important to me, at the forefront of my day and my life. This includes my spirituality and the well-being of my family. They keep things in perspective and keep me grounded. These things are at the top of my list. The other items...the businesses, the clients, the shows, the events, the obligations (whatever they may be) MUST fit in where they can. Most of the time, that means that it's crazy-busy here at The Holliday's at Home.  But as long as we are maintaining, everyone is safe and doing well...that is enough!  

    This home has no space for a frustrated, disappointed, and non-creative wife/mother. So in effort to regain our creativity (B needed some help too), we left town for a few days.  We went to the beach, snuggled with our babies a little more, slept later, ate whatever we wanted and just refreshed ourselves.  The beach has a good way of doing that! I'm happy to say that I'm back feeling creative and balanced. Now I'll be spending my crazy-busy days remembering to just maintain and survive. There is no such thing as balance...just survival.  

    How do you maintain?  When things get overwhelming do you head to the beach like us? What's your getaway?  Let me hear it.  

  • Before and After: Vintage Tea Cart

    A quick before and after for you, because we all love them.  I found this wooden tea cart on Craigslist within 5-10 minutes after it was listed. I was big and pregnant but loaded up the family and I was able to scour this baby for $20. It sat on my porch for months before it got any special attention. I wasn't even sure what color I was going to paint it. With the recent happenings of this new venture I got a chance to showcase this lovely piece off. Mandy is the one that picked the bold teal color and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I love the idea of doing accent pieces in fun, bright colors, but have a hard time implementing that idea. You can see this lovely piece being used as a candy bar station. How lovely! I just love it when old, beautiful items can be used as functional pieces and not just for display.  

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    I've told you before how some pieces are feminine and some are masculine. Originally, I thought it was feminine but then after studying it more I realized it was masculine.  Don't you see it?  The straight lines, the coloring, and sharp edges. Ok, maybe you don't see it but just pretend like you do.  :) And with that information this lovey cart has a name. Find out more about what venture this tea cart is involved in

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    I'm feeling very inspired so come back soon for more before and after posts. To see past before and after posts check here. Do you like the way the tea cart turned out?  Leave your comments.  


  • A Busy Year Ahead

    Wow! I can't believe I might squeeze in a little time to write this blog post. Technically, I'm writing this while also putting together a website project proposal.  Whew! I scare my own self sometimes.  Guys, I've been so busy lately it's insane. Let's just start with the biggest things that has transpired...we had a baby boy in September.  I was pregnant for most of 2013, with a difficult pregnancy.  But in the end, we had a healthy little boy, who is loved by many.  

    I love my son, but am so glad that the pregnancy is over. From the day I went into labor until now, things have never slowed down. I was literally emailing clients from the hospital bed. Crazy, I know! When you work for yourself there are no auto responses. Nonetheless, we have been enjoying life with 2 kids. As my Dad would say, "I wouldn't have it any other way." 

    In other news, during my pregnancy, I had resolved to do something with my love of painting furniture and hunting for old furniture.  I originally thought maybe I would setup a booth somewhere or start an Etsy shop to sell some things. I know what I love doing and was hoping to monetize it in some way or another. Oddly enough, just a few weeks after I had the baby, a good friend of mine asked me to accompany her to lunch. She was currently doing exactly what I would have loved to do, so I was excited about what she wanted to discuss. Maybe she would be opening a storefront and was looking for vendors? That's not what she said but it was still exciting news. She had gotten an offer to style a vintage wedding with her furniture and wanted to know if I would assist.  And so I did and we had a great time along the way.  

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    And from that one meeting and a vague idea, a business was born. Welcome...

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    The Vintage Company is a vintage styling and furniture rental business, serving Houma, La and surrounding areas. Our goal is to bring "vintage flair" to weddings, anniversary parties, baby showers and similar events. We endeavor to connect with the area's best wedding vendors to help them meet the demand of the vintage/rustic bride. We have handpicked every item that is in our inventory and hope to share our special items with others.  This business is a true combination of things that both Mandy and I love so I can't wait to see where it takes us.  Stay tuned for future updates on this new venture! 

    And just to change up the conversation one more time, has anyone got great goals planned for the new year (aka new years resolutions)...organize your house, exercise more, maybe loose weight, or start a new business? Well, I don't make new years resolutions per say, but the new year is definitely time for a fresh start.  It is a great time to put new systems into place and adopt new ways of doing things. With all the extra madness around here, a new baby and another business, I'm trying to organize and clean every inch of my home. And I'm not just cleaning and putting everything back on the shelf.  Marian at Miss Mustard Seed recently wrote about living with what you love and that really resonated with me. She talks about surrounding yourself with things that inspire you and only keeping those items that you really love. I'm really trying to hold true to that idea.  Since I'll be involved in a creative business, it's important that I not get complacent with my surroundings. So, that's my plans for the next few weeks, clean, organize, only keep what I love. 

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    What are you goals for the year? Start a business, organize your home, exercise more?  Do share your comments. Come back soon to see how things are coming along. 

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