July 23, 2013

Finding Purpose in Home.

Finding purpose in our home no matter what the type of life we live.

When I decided to write the 31 Days of Creative Homemaking series I was afraid homemaking would not be received well.  I feared the women who worked outside the home would get mad at me.  I was always nervous that my words could be taken the wrong way.  That readers would think I thought my way of living was the only way.  This was my deepest fear about focusing my blog towards homemaking yet deep inside myself I knew that this is who I am and I had to stop hiding behind other things.  Instead I was called to live out my unique life and encourage woman in what I love, know, and breathe on a daily basis.  Because we can all gain and learn things from one another even if we live completely different lives.

This comment from the series summed up my heart so well:
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your 31 days series.  As a woman whose main focus for the past 15 years has been school and career, your series has taught me a lot and has made me rethink things.  I am getting married next year and even though I will continue with my career and long commute, I want to make sure I create a home for our marriage to grow in.  Even if I’m not home a lot, I want to use my skills and strengths to create a home that is warm and inviting.  You really have given some great ideas to help with that. 
We live in an age where life is busy and in a world that expects so much of women.  We try to do it all and then feel like failures when we can't.  And I am so thankful that we can meet here and share our struggles and our celebrations knowing we are all just trying to do our best to be the women we are called to be.

And so I just want to say thank you for getting it with me.  You may not realize it but this has become a safe place for me to become who I really am.  To find great pride in who I want to be and who I believe I was designed to be.  You all have your own stories but you keep on coming back and telling me that you share a heart for the home and this whole homemaking passion I have is not crazy.  It feeds our souls and together we make space in our chaotic lives for a home that means something.


It has been nine months since I wrote 31 Days of Creative Homemaking and it has been a secret goal of mine to turn it into an ebook.  I am about 50% done and would like to have it ready to sell by September, a month before I start another 31 days series.  I think I can do it.  This is my official attempt at some accountability.  Because now that I have made the announcement, I really should follow through. 

It's going to be a big step to put this ebook out there.  It was one thing for you all to read the series, but to pay money to read it again?  I am not sure I have great confidence in that.  But I am hoping some of you will prove me wrong!  And shortly after that I will be starting my new 31 days series and if I thought I was nervous about writing all about homemaking, this one is really going to stretch me.

It's going to be an exciting fall here at Domestic Fashionista.  I hope you will join me!  xoxo

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31 Days of Creative Homemaking for the Modern Day Woman is now available as an ebook!  Click here to find out more about this entire series in an easy to read PDF download!


10 comments:

  1. How exciting...can't wait. I think the comment was perfectly written and whether one works at home or stays at home, whether they are wealthy or barely scraping by their house can be made a home with some love and creativity. It doesn't have to be lavishly decorated but it's the heart that goes in to it.

    I have loved your blog so much.

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  2. Oh my gosh, that was my comment! I am so glad that you have a safe place to be who you are. I've never met you, but you seem like an amazing, loving and creative person. If you are looking for an update, my husband and I got married in April and had the most amazing wedding! We really put a lot of personal and hometown touches into it. It was in a hometown that neither of us grew up in, but are excited to grow our roots in. As far as our house, it's still a mess, but we are working hard together to pull it together. No matter what it ends up looking like, we'll know that we did it together.

    Good luck with your new adventures! I'm excited to see what you do next!

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    1. Keep the creativity coming! I love following every bit of it!

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  3. Can I tell you how super excited I am for your new series? Ok here I go.. I am SUUUUUPER excited to see what you will be writing about this October! I have been wracking my brain to think of a good 31-day series, and nothing yet... but yours from last year inspired me so very, very much and when a friend asked me a few weeks ago if I thought less of her because she was going to stop working and stay at home though she does not have kids of her own and focus on what makes her happy, I instantly thought of what a wonderful example you are and led her straight to your blog! So, thanks for doing what you do!

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  4. Honestly, the only way I found your blog was through the 31 day posts. I loved them! I find your posts refreshing and real,as if I'm getting advice from a good friend. I love reading your blog! I am looking forward to your e-book! :D

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  5. This is so exiting. I have always told you how much you inspire me. I read somewhere that "Stay at home wives" are lazy, obviously this enrage me...I do so much for my family, for my Hubs...even now I feel so guilty for working because I cannot finish what needs to be done here. I am trying hard to find that balance and your series has helped a lot :)

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  6. DO IT! As someone who's written 5 ebooks (some free, some paid), I can tell you that people WILL buy something that has been published for free before. The reason is that we're busy people, and no one has time to search through old blog posts to find the content. We want everything pulled together for us and beautifully presented--an all-in-one resource. Go for it!

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  7. Good luck, Ashley! Since I discovered you from the 31 day series, I'm excited to read your next one. I haven't decided on my next 31 days topic yet, so I am impressed that you have!

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  8. I teach full time and I also have a 2nd job to earn extra money for my husband and I. Through reading your blog I've began reflecting on myself and marriage and it has truly inspired me to become a "better" wife...which is something I believe God has been laying on my heart for awhile. For the past few weeks I've been contemplating quitting my 2nd job to make more time for my husband, home, and self...I was lead to your blog and it has helped me realize that that extra money isn't really worth the time I am sacrificing. Thank you for not being afraid to be who you truly are...you are a true inspiration!

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