Thoughts Lately

Hey guys, its been a while.  I’ve had some posts brewing in my mind lately but how to push past the months long hiatus without some kind of explanation?  I was a bit burned-out.  Feeling dry.    I realized I had let some things slide in my own household while I worked on other homes.  I grew discontent with my own home while I perused Pinterest in search of what would make certain rooms just “perfect.”  I over stuffed our closets and drawers, looked with angry eyes at our comfy old couch, and just plain forgot about my love of lighting candles and playing music in the house.  Its like I just forgot about the whole beauty and purpose thing.  It was weird and it wasn’t me.

The truth is I took a break this summer from most things “work” related.  I took on a few projects that were simple and enjoyable to me, like a precious miracle-baby’s gallery wall here…



And I took on a few projects around our house that I had neglected that I do want to show you.  I pondered ideas about minimalism and how we stuff our lives with stuff that we don’t truly care about in order to fill some kind of hole within us and that this practice actually has a much wider negative impact than we ever imagined (here’s a simple explanation of the idea behind minimalism that I love from a blogger I love as well).

But in the meantime I rediscovered what got me started in this whole thing in the first place- my love of beauty and my love of home.  One of the things that really helped in my thought process was this article by Emily from Jones Design Company.  She had just returned from a months long road trip around the country, and after living in an airstream trailer with her family of five she was wondering how she’d feel about returning to all of their stuff.  Would she despise it and long for the simpler life on the road?  Would she give it all away?  Would stuff even matter anymore or would absolute minimalism be the way for her? Here are my favorite quotes from the article:

Our homes are here to serve us. They are meant to be a place of comfort, protection and joy. They are where we do life, where we invite others in, where we gather and grow. They are the backdrop of our lives and important ones at that.

The idea of minimalism has its benefits; there is much to be appreciated and adopted about a life free from excess…

But there is also nothing wrong with surrounding ourselves with the things we love and intentionally filling our homes with beauty…

The goal of our homes is to be comfortable, safe places where we want to spend time and invite others in. Is my house serving me in this way? Is yours?

That’s the important question.

Are our homes doing their job?

I know that everyone is different and after a life changing trip like that, many people will come to different conclusions.  But as a fellow lover of home as well as beautiful things (yes, things), I started looking around my home and wondering how I’d feel after a trip like that.  Would this place feel like home to me?  What were the things driving me crazy here and did I have control over them?  Just a few examples:  my crazy over-stuffed disorganized closets & drawers; my master bedroom that had become a holding place for junk; my living room rug that needed to be replaced; my eleven year old couch that’s a little frumpy and bursting at the seams, but seems to be like that comfy old pair of jeans.  What were the things I could accept and make better not by replacing but by changing my attitude about?  What would make sense to actually replace? What could I roll up my sleeves and do something about without necessarily spending money on but just putting in some old fashioned elbow grease?  What needed to be purged and how could I think even more intentionally about what I bring into our home?

I know I’ve talked about this before and maybe I talk about this a lot.  I guess its just something God is continuing to teach me: contentment is the theme here.  The last thing I need more and more of is stuff.  What I do need more and more of is gratitude, contentment, love, and joy.  These are what make home feel like home.

Thanks so much for reading.  I hope to be back here more and sooner this time. 🙂

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6 Responses to Thoughts Lately

  1. Kelly Sobieski October 11, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Bethany, I love this! Your words hit home in so many ways. Thank you!!

    • Bethany October 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank you, Kelly!! <3

  2. Kay Peterson October 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    I love you friend! I love your transparency and the your willingness to make yourself vulnerable to your 6,300 followers! I am so glad that you took time for you and your sweet family this summer! You are such a hard worker (and Paul too), I am sure that your not so little anymore Charlie, Norah and little Will LOVED having extra mommy time! Your ability to design is beautiful and I have missed seeing your work, but I am so happy you stepped back and reevaluated why you started all of this in the first place! SO…now that you are feeling refreshed…are you ready for another MUCH SMALLER Peterson project? I. Am. Serious. Love you friend

    • Bethany October 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

      Haha! So sweet. Sure thing, email me. 🙂

  3. Sophie @ The Ethical Wardrobe October 11, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    Loved this post Bethany! And thank you for the shout out. You’re so right – minimalism doesn’t have to be some soulless, empty home – far from it. LOVE the focus on contentment, for me that’s the heart of it. Being content and allowing ourselves to enjoy the beauty around us. Here’s to that! x

    • Bethany October 12, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Aww thanks for the reply, Sophie. I love your blog!!

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