hello + an update…

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Dear treasured readers,

I have missed you. My last post was this spring where I talked all about thinking before you make a move. Well, at the time of that post I was in the midst of BSchool working away at creating the business of my dreams.

And something just didn’t feel right. For the past year or so, I’ve been planning on launching an eDecor business, using this blog as my playground for ideas and inspiration. When it came time to actually push through and launch, though, I had an epiphany about what my strengths and passions are.

I love love decorating, and I’ve realized through various outlets that my knack for finding awesome resources, organizing, & strategizing is very strong but that my true passion lies in helping women like me launch amazing businesses.

It was very intentional that I step back from blogging so that I could have time to process what my next step was before I really put it out into the world. At first I thought I would do bookkeeping, and eventually become a CPA, but after helping a family member get started with her wellness business, I realized that my gifting is a little bit different from that.

Without giving too much away, I am planning to launch a new site this fall that will include loads of resources that newbie entrepreneurs need to get there businesses off the ground.

Thank you for being with me through this journey and I look forward to sharing what is soon to come!

~ Jessica

how to instantly freshen up any room

Have you ever noticed when you look at a beautifully styled space that it always feels fresh? Have you ever noticed that there are usually flowers delicately on display in these images?

Does it feel unattainable?

Unrealistic?

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The truth is adding fresh flowers regularly to your home is the best and quickest way to freshen up any room. It might seem obvious but for some reason when we see this done we think yeah, right, like I’ll be able to pull off/afford ALWAYS having fresh flowers.

But it can be done.

Let me tell you a little story about a girl who lived with 4 other people (2 guys and 2 girls) in a small 1 bedroom + 1 closet(2nd bedroom for the guys) apartment / office space above a church in the East Village, NYC.

Living on a super tight budget as a missionary in NYC was quite a feat. There wasn’t much of a budget for decorating the apartment but this girl was on a mission to make their tight-quarters home. So she had an idea.

Once a week or once every two weeks she would scrounge up $5 to buy a handful of flowers from one of the many local bodegas in her part of town. If each person contributed 1 dollar they could make it work. Everyone end up loving it so much that even after the girl moved on to bigger and better things, the group continued the tradition.

You see, it doesn’t have to cost more than a couple of cups of coffee to bring this bit of nature into a dwelling and the impact is huge.

Not only does it look great, but the act of going to pick out flowers regularly is a lovely little ritual to incorporate into your life.

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If you haven’t guessed, that girl was me when I was in my early twenties.

Since that time I haven’t really kept up with this ritual, but starting this week I’m determined to make it happen once again.

The pictures above are of the sweet little grouping of tulips that I have on my desk (that I showed you last week) that I picked up this past weekend. And I intend on going next week too!

They really do make me feel like I’m living the dream life when I work in here, even if the rest of the apartment still needs some work. Plus I have the rest of the bouquet in a large vase in my kitchen. Its fun to break them up into multiple rooms!

Speaking of which, Holly Becker of decor8 will be publishing a book in the next couple of months exactly on this subject called “Decorate At Home With Flowers” – what a perfectly fitting title. You can get more info about it here if you want to be super inspired to incorporate more of this into your life & home.

Now I want to ask you, and be honest, how often do you bring home flowers to decorate, just because? Have you ever thought about it? Is it something you now want to start doing? Tell me your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today, its always lovely to connect with you. If you liked this post I would love it if you shared it with someone who is looking for ways to freshen up their homes 🙂

Hope you are having a lovely week. Why not pick up some flowers today?

Best,
Jessica

confession time – I’m going pro!

So it’s confession time – today’s post is not so much about interior decorating as it is about my drive behind the desire to do so.

Over the last year or so I’ve been torn as to whether to take the plunge and start a business or get more interior decorating training. I’ve had this lingering feeling that I’m just not qualified to do what I truly have a passion for because I don’t have some sort of certificate or anything. This past fall, before I started this blog, I decided to take  a major step of faith towards the ‘going for it and starting a business’ side of the equation.

I enrolled in the early bird signup period to Marie Forleo’s BSchool (B as in Business)!

I wasn’t sure at the time if I was just going to take it to learn some marketing skills and then still wait to start my business until I got more qualifications in decorating or if I was just going to press forward and start my business anyway.

I decided on the latter. And here’s why…

“The Key to Success is to Start Before You are Ready”
~ Marie Forleo

BSchool starts on March 10th and I am beyond thrilled to be enrolled this year. And I will be moving forward with setting up my business.

Now I’m not gonna leave you hanging without any interior inspiration…

This Sunday I decided to get my little office space all spiffed up so that as I go through the course I am motivated to keep going and stay focused on my goals. Want a peek?

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My desk used to be in the living room and it just collected paperwork – I never got the umph to get off the couch and work on my laptop there. Now it is in my bedroom and I am sitting here as we speak blogging away.

And yes – that is a door. But one that leads directly from our bedroom into the shared main hallway to the whole house. Essentially, we don’t use it because who wants to have a door open to your bedroom that other tenants can look in? Instead it has become a sort of vision board to encourage me with beautiful interiors and personal declarations.

A lot of this way of thinking came from the decision to go pro. That means not just doing this as a hobby when I feel like it, but  actually committing to it like its my job. Because soon it will be! If you would like to know more about what it means to go pro check out this video where Marie interviews author Steven Pressfield.

What this means for you and this blog is that, yes I will be continuing to blog while I go through the program, and don’t worry I will keep it focused on all things interior styling. But, in a few months I will be launching a brand new site chock full of some awesome goodies that I want to share with you.

I have been truly grateful to everyone who reads this blog and has taken some time with me on this journey!

And now its time for some discussion…

How will you update your workspace to make it a more inspiring place to create in (regardless if it is at home, in a cubicle, on your parents couch, or in a studio)?

I’d love to hear 1 thing you can change right now to that space.

Finally, if you liked this post I’d so appreciate it if you shared it with a friend who is going pro in their life.

xo,

Jessica