…and make it your ambition to a quiet life, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands…
These words, found in Thessalonians 4:11 -12, have been running through my mind lately anytime the conversation turns to resolutions. There was a time when I made resolutions for myself and strictly stuck to them. Giving up carbonation my sophomore year of high school just to challenge myself? Check. Being a nazi about how many miles I ran a week? Done that too. All in the name of personal improvement.
But in recent years – since getting married and having kids – it’s so much harder for me to stick to personal goals, I suspect due to my somewhat serious case of mom-guilt that makes me feel like a jerk when I spend time on myself. I know I’m not alone here, but lately I’ve been thinking about personal goals – for my career, for my health, for my family, for this blog. I’ve resisted the urge to write them down and make them specific. I prefer to keep them swirling around in my head. Goals, I call them. Goals, not resolutions. Resolutions are too strict and permanent. They have no room for the twists and turns and unexpectedness of life. I would feel like a failure for breaking a resolution, but a goal can always be re-routed and carried over to the next year. Life happens, you know? Goals have room for grace.
So what does all this have to do with design? I keep asking myself the same question. Why did I start this blog? Is it important? Is it making a difference? My answers to those questions trace back to those opening words.
lead a quiet life
Believe it or not, my goal for this blog isn’t merely to showcase our design work. Sure, that’s part of the purpose, but not the main goal. What I hope you really glean is the feeling of comfort and quiet that our rooms tend to generate. If anything, I hope our work emanates peace and tranquility – a quiet life – in the midst of the everyday chaos we all experience.
mind your own affairs
In terms of blogging, I struggle with this one. I fully realize that following and commenting on other blogs, sharing via social media, and virtually “connecting” with others will grow this blog. But, you know what? It feels so insincere and fake to “connect” with the underlying purpose of increasing my own blog traffic. I feel a little self-promoting even sharing posts on my personal Facebook page. I secretly hope people will stumble on this blog, feel a connection, and start following and commenting. Maybe that’s unrealistic. Do any of you struggle with this?
What I think I’m getting at is that I desire for our work and our words to be sincere. That we will not get caught up in design trends, but listen to our clients. That we won’t provide content that is popular for the sake of a few more “likes” and “shares” on Facebook. That we will continue to be true to ourselves and that beauty will flow from that truth.
work with your hands
Literally and symbolically. One of the most satisfying parts of this adventure is the search – the hunt, if you will. It requires us to get off the computer, get out and about, discover new places, meet new people, and experience life. We take great care to get to know our clients and source pieces that fit each of their lifestyles. Often, we get creative – remaking, reinventing, repurposing the old into something new. It’s life-giving to each piece, to the project, and to our spirits. And finally, putting a room together for the first time really is invigorating and exciting. To see all the things we’ve collected come together, to work out a room so it is both practical and pretty: gathering. This is what we love doing.
So somehow, in some little way, I hope this blog makes a difference. It is my goal that it inspires you (and me) to look for peace, joy, and love amidst the craziness of life. It is my goal not to focus on blog stats, but to be true to myself and sincere in content. It is my goal to do more working with my hands – to delve into the real relationships that the hunt brings about and to gather graciously so that all feel welcome.