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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Makeover Madness!

BEWARE: Personal Post!
Your regularly programmed house blog is being interrupted with a personal blog post.
If you only visit HouseTalkN for purdy house photos, enjoy this shot and check back tomorrow for regularly scheduled house purdies!


Since turning "Forty-licious", my life has been full of makeovers! 
-My girlfriends brought color to my all white decor.
-HouseTalkN underwent a redesign.
-This week, Findings Boutique is giving me a clothing makeover!
Now, for the biggie. 
I quit my teaching job...that I love...that pays a few bills...that I've done for 18 years...
There is no way to explain why. 
I wasn't burnt out. 
I loved the people that I worked with.
I loved the families.
I was just done. 
In April, I asked my seven year old daughter what kind of birthday treat she wanted for her school celebration. She responded "Cookies. But, I just want you to come in...like all the other moms." Ouch. 
Never mind that I am there before and after school. Never mind that I take personal time to attend special performances. Never mind that I am a room mom. Never mind that I am a PTA psycho. The bottom line was that I was not able to pop in during the school day.
I can argue both sides of my "Should I stay or should I go" dilemma.  On one side, it has been so great for my kiddos to see me working at a job that I love. It has been a great lesson for them to see that I am an active, contributing citizen outside of our home. 
But for me, it brought clarity to the ideas that I was already kicking around. 
I'm done teaching. I need a more flexible schedule. I want to see my daughter's face when her classmates sing "Happy Birthday!" I want to surprise my husband at lunch. I want to pursue the blog and photography. 
I kept thinking of what I tell my children- "Go big or go home!"
When I started HouseTalkN last summer, I had no idea how much I would love blogging. Blogging joined all the things that I love- writing, photography, house stalking, and time with my gal pals! The icing on the cake has been the awesome blogging community. 
But, there is only so much time in my day. I was at school all day and enjoying my family in the evenings. Blogging would happen at 11pm or 5am. I dreamed of blogging during daylight hours, with my eyes fully open and while NOT in my pajamas!  
I have been on a bloggy break for one week. No posts, no link parties, no projects. Gasp.
A sister's road trip to Kentucky was just what I needed. No one can build you up or put you in your place faster than a sister. Especially, my sisters. I came back to my life feeling like I CAN DO IT!
So...I am back and I am going to give this a shot. I am literally going for broke.
Here's to new beginnings! 


Link Par-taay here:
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/

59 comments:

  1. OMG! You are my hero! I quit my job too! But wait, I have no husband! I really should have kept the job. The husband, well, not so much! Seriously, I hope you enjoy your new beginnings. Now, if we could just find someone to pay us while we blog. And pin things on Pinterest.

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    1. Well, I have a husband, but this might give him a heart attack!
      Thank you so much, DJ!

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  2. WOO HOO!!! You can do it! So happy you're GOING BIG!! Let me know if you ever want to guest post. ;)

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    1. ANNA! What the heck am I doing? I would love to guest blog but I might need to be a house guest if I don't make this work!

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  3. Congratulations on following your heart!

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    1. Thank you, Pendy. I really do feel like this is what I need to do.

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  4. Way to go! You have always seemed like a "Go Big or Go Home" gal and even though I know it can be scary to make these kinds of changes, I can tell already that you feel at peace about it. :-) You have so much talent and creativity and a fabulous personality and I know you will find so much enjoyment out of pursuing your passions. And you are listening to the needs of your family too! Congratulations on this new chapter in your life!
    Vanessa

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa! It is so hard to navigate all of this and to know what the right path is, huh?

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  5. Congratulations on your new beginning! I enjoy your blog. You have a whole new chapter to write now.
    betty

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    1. That's right! This will give me a ton of new material!
      Thank you, Betty!

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  6. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! You always have to follow your heart and your instincts. I am SO grateful that my hubby and I made a conscious decision that I would be a stay at home Mom. It meant ALOT of sacrifices but the smiles on my kids faces were priceless. Best wishes to you in this new chapter in your life. XO, Pinky

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    1. I can always count on you, Pinky! Thank you so much. Bills be da**ed- I am going for it.

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  7. Kerry,

    Whatever you set your mind on will happen - you are one extraordinary woman.

    And, well - those kids are grown and gone before you can even believe it - I think it's awesome you "wanna be there." Because when you are an empty nester you will be able to work or whatever.

    Happy blog time and YOU time and family time and friends time and especially (heh heh) house stalkin time.

    Go for it, girl.

    Hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Michele! It is all flying by so quickly, I am feeling like it is a blink!

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  8. I will say this...congrats! You sound so happy to be work free so I am sure you made the 100% right decision! I can't wait to read what you've been up to without having to work :D

    BTW, is that your house? Cause I LOVE it! Its beautiful!

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    1. THANK YOU, Holly! I am really excited to be able to give more attention to all the people and things that I love!
      This is a friend's house. Stay tuned, a tour is coming.

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  9. Congratulations!!
    So excited to watch how this translates on your blog - you are such a natural whiz at it.

    Erin
    (I did the same thing five years ago. Never even glanced back.)

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    1. Thank you, Erin! Blogging has been such a wonderful experience and I love the blogging community!

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  10. "YOU CAN'T WALK ON WATER, IF YOU DON'T GET OUTTA THE BOAT!!!" This is a book written by John Ortberg about, in a nutshell, GOING BIG or GOIN HOME... and it's one of my most favorite quotes of all time!

    I am SOO proud of you! TRUST in your FAITH, Kerry!

    xoxoxo

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    1. Kind of like "You want to make God laugh? Make a plan!"
      Thank you, Kristy!

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  11. Good for you! I must say, I love being able to help out at school, drop by and volunteer for whatever I want. My kids love the fact that I am so involved in their school. My mom was a single mom and always had to work and when I was a kid, I use to wish she could do things at school. Enjoy this special time in your life!
    -Shelley

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    1. I am so looking forward to being able to do those things, Shelley! Thank you so much!

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  12. What an exciting decision!! My daughter is entering Kinder this fall and we've talked about me going back to work but have decided to keep things as they are just so that I can be there for all those little moments too. I love your blog and all your TalkN :)

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    1. Thank you, Amy! It is a big ole myth that when kids go to school, there is all this free time and that moms are sitting around eating bon-bons!

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  13. Oh Kerry, I am so thrilled for you. Best wishes (you don't need luck 'cause you are totally awesome girl) that this ends up being everything you are hoping it will be and more.

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    1. Thank you, Terry. I love how supportive fellow bloggers are!

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  14. Best of luck to you in your new adventures. I'm so glad to have you as my awesome blog friend.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Thank YOU for being one of my favorite and most supportive bloggers!
      Thank you, Michelle!

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  15. So happy for you! The blogworld is in luck to have you a few more hours a day! Can't wait to see what you will be up to!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  16. Good for you!! Your bravery and courage are amazing!!! I'm so happy I'm following you along on this journey!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lizy! It is a journey, indeed!

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  17. OMG!!! I am super jealous!!!! I wish everyday that I could just up and quit my job to pursue blogging full time (but then I remind myself that I'm the breadwinner of the family and we'd be homeless in a month). I'm so excited for you!!!! Now that you have more time to blog, I need to see some more videos of you :)

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    1. Even though we are all having a bit of WHATTHE^!&#$?, it is the best choice for me for right now.
      Thank you!

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  18. This is inspiring to me! I'm on the precipice of just such a decision. I'm scared because I don't have a partner to support me so how will I earn my income? And am I really done teaching or just burnt out? I'm definitely burnt out of living 2000 miles from home but I can't find a teaching job near my family. So what do I do? Well, it is so nice to know others feel this too and there may be life after teaching. Good luck to you! I know you will be great and the loss of money will gain you so much space and time it will be worth it! Congrats!!

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    1. ACK! It is so hard to know the what/when/where of these kind of things. I'm just taking a flying leap off the bridge!
      Thanks, Pish.

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  20. Learn with your head, love with your heart, but lead with your gut. Congrats.

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  21. I am so happy for you! I wish I had your courage to do the same. I hope that one day, I can follow your footsteps. Congratulations, and I wish you all the best! Keep on blogging -- we LOVE hearing your stories.

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    1. Thank you, Kirsten! At the very least, I will have good writing material!

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  22. YAY! Good for you. I know it's scary. I was pee-in-my-pants scared when I quit my job. I look back now and it's the very best decision that I've ever made. I am so much happier, so much less stressed and therefore, so is my family. YAY Kerry!

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    1. Let's hope that I follow in your footsteps and that I'm not in the poor house by fall!
      Thanks, cutie!

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  23. That's awesome! Congrats on your big decision :) Getting laid off and not going back to a full time job has been the very best thing that has ever happened to my family. Enjoy every second, especially while they still want you to come to school - Too soon it will become "hey, can you drop me off far away from school? And don't kiss me in front of my friends". Ha! Love your blog, by the way - and the redesign.

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    1. Holy smokes- thank you. I keep reminding myself how fleeting this all is. Where the &#$@? is that life manual with all the answers?
      Thank you, Eliesa!

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  24. Go for the GUSTO - born writer that you are!!! .... Is too short - CONGRATS

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    1. That's right, Rhonda! Life is too short!
      Thank you for always being so supportive!

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  25. Congrats for following your passion! I was hoping to see inside photos of the house. This house on University has always been one of my favorites. I've always wanted a peek inside.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! This is a fantastic house, huh? Stay tuned because a tour is coming!
      Have a fantastic summer!

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  26. Our children are only little once and there are no do-overs for US after they've grow up. You don't want to regret missing so much just for a paycheck that you don't know what happened to. It's the little things that mean a lot...

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    1. Thank you, Beth.
      It really is just a blink, huh?

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  27. I love you! And ... I love that you are doing this. Now... we need to talk word press if you are serious. ;) Because switching to wordpress can increase your stuff by 3 times. by just switching. so... um, yeah. We can talk. And.. did I mention I love you? And all your photos? And just being able to soak up your smiley awesomeness?

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  28. I LOVE YOU!
    WP increases traffic??

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  29. What a great home evolution! That house is beautiful! It makes me long for the day when I'll own a home of my own. :)
    real estate in the philippines

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  30. The place looks very beautiful. You've highlighted the main features of the place and that's very nice!

    aj

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