It’s been a while since I last gave you guys an update about what I’ve learned as a first time homeowner and, WOW, so much has happened. I thought it was about time to share what I’ve learned. Also, I’m excited to announce that I’m now working with American Express and their Blue Cash Everyday Card, which I personally use and helps make my everyday more epic. These days I’m all about entertaining friends and family in my new home, so getting 3% cash back on U.S. grocery store purchases (for example) when I use my card is majorly beneficial.
Today I’m sharing my list of essentials that I think every first-time homeowner needs, plus ways to reward yourself for all of that hard work, too!
Hi, guys! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I’m back from my ‘vision quest’ as my friends came to call it — and also that I so deeply appreciate the amazing support and love that I received when I shared this post. I genuinely didn’t know how you guys would respond, so to be on the receiving end of such kindness was truly inspiring. I’ve never taken off like this and gone totally off the grid. I literally logged out of all of my social media accounts and did not check my email for 2 whole weeks. I had no idea what I’d come back to — would you all be totally over me and my drama and not want to follow the blog anymore? Would my Instagram get hacked and then removed? Seriously, these are the thoughts of a social media addict who knows she has a problem. The first few days were rough because I found myself slipping into what I call The Cycle: see how many likes and new comments are on Instagram, refresh email, see if there are new comments on Facebook, post a few more snaps, think up something witty for Twitter, refresh email, pin a few more ideas for my dream kitchen… The Cycle just goes and goes, so while I was off the grid, I quickly became hyper-aware of it and totally nipped it in the bud. I’ve been back since last Friday, but ever since I’ve been way more cognizant of how and when I use my phone and the internet.
(Confession: I’ve always wanted to use that as an Instagram caption.)
I’m gonna get real in this post, guys. Get ready. Basically, I am leaving tomorrow for a 2 week long solo road trip. While the blog has continued to run and look like everything is peachy keen, the fact is that things have not been great for me lately. The past few months have been incredibly hard and not for any one particular reason, but for a multitude of reasons all piling up and feeling overwhelmingly crushing. I started to list them as I write this post and when it’s all spelled out, it seems so trivial — work has been slow… I’m not able to rock climb because of an injury… I’m constantly exhausted and struggling to maintain focus. The list goes on and on, but at the root of it is that I struggle with depression. I have for years and I’ve touched on it here, but never in a big way. Currently, the deep dark abyss is looming and I know it. But here’s the thing, I’ve been there before and I am not going back. I refuse. So it’s time to do something about it.
Do you ever have one of those weeks? Like, a full doozy of a week where it feels like everything that could go wrong has actually gone wrong? That’s what this week was like for me. We got back late from my BFF’s wedding in New York and I’ve just been scrambling to get stuff done ever since. Then all the annoying little stuff popped up: taxes, needing a new lawnmower, etc. I feel like I’m doing so much stuff… just not well. And that’s driving me crazy. If anything, I’m an overachiever, through and through.
After many tears, I realized one thing: I need to slow down. I can’t do it all.
I made a tough call this week: I’m not going to post to the blog every weekday. I just can’t. I want to create amazing content for you guys and, all too often, it feels like I HAVE to post… which results in publishing posts of which I’m not totally proud. I hate that feeling. Instead, I want the posts to be rich and meaningful, well-written and informative. I’m vowing to only post the good stuff from here on out — I hope you’ll continue to love it! My hope is that by focusing on fewer-but-better, I’ll finally have some time to really work on the stuff that I’m super passionate to share.
Have a great weekend!
photography by Jojotastic — it’s a sneak peek of a fun DIY post we’re working on!
Happy weekend, you guys! I’m writing this from the plane cuz I’m on my way to Miami. It’s my bff’s bachelorette party, meaning that 8 of us are convening in Miami for some sun, drinks, and girl time. It’s kinda crazy to admit it, but this is my first bachelorette party and my first time visiting Miami… and I’ve never traveling with 7 other women before. Adventures all around! I’ve been mentally preparing myself by watching this. Juuuust kidding.
Notice anything different?? Today’s the day for my new site! This is a loooong time coming, you guys. All new logo, new fonts, new color palette… it’s all brand spankin’ new and I couldn’t be more excited to share this with you.
A few of my favorite additions:
New look: Not gonna lie, the hot pink felt a bit… dated after 3 years of looking at it. I wanted the design of the site to feel clean and fresh, but also timeless. By stripping away most of the color and cleaning things up, the images (my favorite part) speak even more. For me, the focus of this blog has always been the visuals and this new design really highlights that. Also, the logo itself makes me REALLY happy. It’s quirky and cute, definitely more ‘me’ than my past site. All around, this new site is the perfect place to show how my style and aesthetic has evolved.
Newsletter: Yup, we’re launching a weekly newsletter! I’m hoping that it will offer you more of a glimpse into my life, with lots of sneak peeks. Be sure to sign up to receive exclusive content + some of my favorite finds of the week (and maybe some sale alerts so you can get your shop on). Click here to join our mailing list!
Portfolio: I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching on the business side of things here at Jojotastic. I want to be more of a resource for both brands and individuals for a wide range of projects. From designing product lines to creating social media strategies and providing Pinterest growth ideas, the portfolio section will showcase my favorite work and how I’ve worked with clients in the past. Interested in working together? Shoot me an email!
We are still working out a few kinks, so if you notice anything weird on the site, please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading along!
Confession: I’m writing this blog post in a fit of anger at my newly purchased fixer upper. The fact is that my first month of homeownership has NOT gone swimmingly… not even remotely. I’m not really sure why I thought it would go well, or every remotely bearable, but the truth is that nothing could have prepared me for what I’ve learned during these past 30 days. It’s a combination of stuff I wish people had told me (I probably wouldn’t have listened anyways) and personal limitations/hangups. My hope is that in sharing these things with you, I’ll feel less alone in this ridiculous struggle with a 1908 bungalow that I’m borderline convinced is trying to break my spirit (75% joking).