Last week, I was sitting at the dining room table, checking email when I suddenly started whooping! (You can hear it now, right?) My husband ran in because he thought something was wrong. Turns out, I just received an email letting me know I had won the Reader’s Choice award for the 2016 Better Homes & Gardens Blogger Awards. (They’ll be making the official announcement next week, but I couldn’t wait to tell you.)I am so happy about this—and wanted to thank each of you who took the time to vote (multiple times). There was one reader who commented that she’s a teacher and ran in to vote at the school computers during her kids’ recess. That’s commitment. I love it. :) Honestly, I feel like I’ve had a better grasp on the direction of my blog over the last year and have tried to be more intentional about providing some kind of value to my readers every time they (you) visit. Hopefully you’ve noticed. It’s made a big difference in how much I enjoy writing this blog.
This also seems like a good time to mention my little behind-the-scenes helper. I’ve talked about her before, but my friend Katie is the greatest. She’s technically my “assistant”, but introducing her that way always makes us giggle because we’ve been great friends for way longer. She’s been helping me for several years and handles all of the sponsorship inquiries, giveaways, invoicing, general email questions, etc. She’s also great at reigning me in when I get carried away with bigger ideas and ambitions than I actually have time to tackle. (She has seen me near meltdown mode when I’ve had too much on my plate and does her best to guard me from getting back to that.) Plus, we just have a really good time working/laughing together.
And, finally, if you’re looking for some new blogs to read, my fellow nominees in the diy/decorating category are a really talented group:
balloon image: Style Me Pretty