About My Site:
Join me, a stay-at-home mom and Navy wife, as I chronicle my adventures into the domestic domain. I invite you to follow my endeavors in homemaking, real-food cooking, mindful mothering, blogging and business, crafts, and more.
I’m a gal from South Carolina who moves all over the country with my high school sweetheart, making our houses into homes (eight so far).
Life is good.
I’m not an interior designer.
I’m not a certified professional organizer.
And I don’t have a huge budget for decorating our house or 9 hours a day when my children are in school.
What I do have is an awesome Naval aviator husband, three incredible children, a few fantastic friends who mean the world to me, and the priorities that place those people and relationships above the things that fill my home.
Because when we value people and use things, instead of the other way around, life is simply wonderful.
Through setting up eight different homes (so far) and decluttering and organizing my way through seven different military moves (again, so far), you’d think I would have learned a thing or two about homemaking.
Well, I did, but the most valuable lessons came pretty recently for me.
During our 2013 cross-country move from California to Maryland, my family was faced with new circumstances.
We lived in around 300 square feet with two toddlers for a month in Texas, changed our routines and developed new habits on a dime, spent weeks in the car and in hotels with different bedtimes each night for the kids, and made the most of our opportunity to see and enjoy so much of the country.
What I learned is that the biggest changes come from asking different questions from the usual ones, shifting our mindsets about our challenges, and making sure we keep our individual priorities in mind as we discover (and make) the switches that will work best for ourselves, our families, and our homes.
And when we arrived at our new home in Maryland, I began implementing changes immediately. Simplifying our things, streamlining our necessary household work, and enjoying family time even more.
It’s not that I didn’t love spending time with my kids and husband before. I did!
But now I can enjoy my family without a nagging to-do list a mile long, without worrying about storage solutions or laundry schedules, and WITH more focus.
So Why the Joyful Abode Blog?
I love cheering on my friends as they strive to improve themselves and their homes.
As I continue to tweak my homemaking, habits, and mindset, I want to share what I learn with you (and be encouraged by you too).
Sure, I’ve pinned just as many 31 Surprising Organizing Solutions (#18 Will Blow Your Mind) articles and lists of 101 Crazy Cleaning Tips You Won’t Believe as the next girl.
But I’ve figured out that looking inward is the best way to begin to take action.
I know that a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t the answer. All of our situations are different. All of our families have unique needs and dreams. We all have different skills and limitations.
No matter where we are in creating our joyful abodes, we can all use some extra encouragement or a little nudge sometimes.
So I’m here.
To offer you support, encouragement, and inspiration.
To share my stories and the lessons they’ve taught me.
To ask you questions that will make you think about what you really want out of life.
To help you figure out the baby steps and the bold actions that will get you closer to your dreams each day.
To celebrate each one of our successes together.
May our abodes always be joyful!
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