Today I thought it would be super fun to take a look back in time. We all start somewhere, and I often hear how people won’t start putting one foot in front of the other because their work isn’t good enough. They won’t start a blog because they don’t have a good enough camera. They won’t do XYZ because they don’t think they’re enough.
Trust me, you ARE enough.
I wanted to show you a look back in time, starting in 2009 when Glen and I first moved in together. We had nothing in savings and had no money to buy anything new. Our sofa set was 100 dollars off of Craigslist, and we made it work. And yes, that’s baby Glen.
We barely had enough money to make rent, so everything was either thrifted, or DIY’d. I made our upholstered headboard below, as well as all our pillows in our home.
Shortly after this, we had two little boys very close in age (15 months apart), and although our bank account grew slightly, my time dwindled, and I had less time to create a beautiful home.
We very briefly lived in a beach house (my favourite home to date). It was a condo right on the ocean with a wrap-around deck. We lived there before we moved to Saskatchewan for Glen’s work.
We moved to Saskatchewan and then back again. It only lasted six months as we weren’t cut out to handle the oil fields of Saskatchewan.
Since the Island didn’t have any available jobs for Glen, we moved into a newer townhouse on the Delta/Surrey border. In 2012 my paint colour is quite questionable, but you can see the bones of my style poking through. I seem to always decorate with clean lines and vintage/thrifted pieces.
Finally, in mid-2014, we got to move back to the Island! We couldn’t find anything for rent, and we had to camp in our tent trailer fr a whole month. I was 25 weeks pregnant, so it wasn’t as fun as it sounds. Finally, right before the end of the month, we found one of the only three-bedroom homes on the market. Below are photos of when I first started blogging.
And then another one of my favourite homes that we moved into in 2017. The ocean grove rancher. We loved this home, but sadly, it got put on the market 8 months after moving in.
and lastly, we moved into our now home of almost three years.
When we first moved in, I cried. I didn’t know how I could possibly make it look beautiful. We live in a small town with very few rentals and at the time, it was the only 3-bedroom home on the market.
I remember when we first moved in, half our furniture was in our home and the other was in the moving truck still and I just sat on our sofa and cried. I wanted to pack everything up and go live in a hotel. I just couldn’t bare it. But fast forward 28 months and we’ve made this home ours.
Looking through these photos I can’t believe I put what I did online. But I’m also proud of myself that I did. People don’t care what kind of camera you have or how perfectly styled your home is – they just want to be inspired.
So go ahead, start that blog or that Instagram and start inspiring!