THIHM Around the Web #16 (And a personal check-in!)

Hello friends!

At the end of each month, I like to check in with the posts and projects I have featured around the web. I had this post on my schedule like I do every month, and when I sat down to write it and grab the links for my most current projects, I noticed that almost all of my latest free-lance sites haven’t published my new content yet. Instead of skipping today’s post all-together, I thought I would indeed share the links for my two articles that have gone live this month, but also write a little personal check-in while I’m at it!

Have You Heard? We’re Moving…

I know I’ve mentioned it here and there, and I certainly don’t mean to sound like a broken record…but it is THE issue at the center of our lives right now. We are due to move in just a few months, but we still don’t yet know where we are headed. This time around, the news seems to be taking longer than ever, and the whole family is unraveling just a bit. For whatever reason, this move feels like an extra-big transition for me…and where we end up has so many different implications for my life, this site, and our family. Even though I try to “live in the moment” as much as I possibly can, the uncertainly surrounding us right now has put me in a full stall-out on current house projects. In our last house, I was literally hanging things on the walls in the weeks before the moving trucks came. This time around, despite my best efforts to stay motivated and work to create great ideas for you guys, I am finding myself saying “What does it matter?” “It’s all coming down soon anyway.”  “I’ll just wait for the next house.”

Many of you long-time readers know this is not my usual attitude, and I can only attribute these feelings to fatigue and frustration. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these 1 year moves are hard. We are tired of the uncertainty and temporary-ness of life and more than ever, working on the house feels like too much work and wasted effort for the time we have left. The house is starting to feel “good enough,” and I am finding myself already anticipating the work the lies ahead in getting us re-settled in our new place…wherever it may be. And while I hate myself for saying “good enough,” those feelings are as real as they get. I do have a list of about 5-6 projects that I really want to do before we go…but the internal struggle of “is it really worth it?” is alive and well right now. Not taking on projects (that I normally would) for practical reasons has me in a bit of a creative funk that I find myself actively fighting off on a daily basis. Admittedly, doing all the small and organizational projects over the last two months have really helped me satisfy my creative urges without taking on major/wasteful overhauls…so I hope you guys are enjoying them as much as I am putting them together. All this to say, bear with me friends. I’m doing my best to live my motto to “love and make every house a home,” but I also like to keep it real for you all! Thanks for visiting each day and making all the efforts more than worth it! #grouphug

Pretty Please Check Your Bookmarks!

I have mentioned here and there over the last few weeks that I am working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to get my site speed/load issues resolved, as well as figure out why some of you see my latest content each day and why some of you don’t. To say that the back-end issues on my site have been a huge drain on my time and energy in recent months is a huge understatement. When I switched over from Blogger to WordPress last summer, I made some very rookie mistakes that I am still paying for and sorting out. After weeks of weighing options, I *think* I finally have a clear and solid way forward and there will *hopefully* be some positive and dramatic changes in the coming week.

Here is what I need YOU to do: if you visit me each and every time using a bookmark on your toolbar or a specific pin on your pins boards, please check it and make sure it reads HTTP://thehomesihavemade.com. There should be no “S” (as in httpS). If you visit via RSS or a feed/reader, don’t worry, nothing there will change! I am encouraged that I found a solution that should make all of this seamless to you, but in case it doesn’t work as expected, I want to make sure you can find me (compared to last Fall when I disappeared for a week and no one could find me!). More than anything, I am looking forward to getting all this technical nonsense behind me and get back to spending ALL my time creating for and growing this blog!

THIHM for The Good Stuff

Last but not least, here are two of my articles that have gone live over on The Good Stuff this month! I’d love it if you popped over and checked them out since these will never appear in full on THIHM!

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With that, I’m closing out another great month on the blog! Next week, I’ll be sharing another great printable and related organization project that I am SUPER excited about, as well a the final 1 Dresser, 4 Transformations reveal! I hope you all have a great weekend, and Happy Leap Day on Monday!

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14 Responses to THIHM Around the Web #16 (And a personal check-in!)

  1. Megan,

    I’m so sorry that you’re having a rough time, and am keeping my fingers crossed that your new assignment will be in a wonderful place. Sending good wishes for peace, clarity and happiness your way 😉

    • Thank you Lisa! It’s been a looooong week around here, that’s for sure. But we DID finally find out where we are headed…and the news is good news, so we are a happy household again! Thanks for hanging in there with me as we enter this busy crazy time!!!

      Happy Sunday!
      Megan

  2. Hi Megan
    I reach your blog without problem at all so I hope everything is now alright for everybody who reads you.
    I do understand your mood and no worry for us, we do want to share your real life and you haven’t to create things for the blog, it must be for you and your family. I really understand how hard it is not to know where your next place will be, do you make any choices through a list ? I wish you a happy Sunday. Michèle

  3. Dear Megan;

    Don’t worry, we all have those “Why bother” moods for lots of different reasons. You have created a lovely home for your family and that is something to celebrate. Hope you get good news on the upcoming move – whether is be close to family and friends, or a great career move. And the sooner you know the location, the happier you’ll feel, I’m sure! Take care – thank you so much for the organizational printables – the password one is a lifesaver! Aloha!

  4. This post just makes me want to bake some bread and bring it over to you. Good luck figuring everything out. I hope you have a great week!

    • Hi Kristie!

      I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you for your comments on the blog this week. It’s been a bit crazy around here to say the least, but I didn’t want the weekend to go by without saying thank you to you. As always, your comments on each post remind me that I do have fans out there cheering me on, even if it feels like I’m stressed and failing on all fronts. Your dedication to what I do on THIHM means a ton…and if we were close enough, I’d take that bread and give you my dresser 😉

      Happy Sunday friend…hope you’re weekend has been a good one!
      Megan

  5. Go easy on yourself. You are totally justified in this feeling. I’m already having a hard time buying food because I know I can’t move that WHOLE canister of flour! Why bother?! It’s OK. It really is hard. This isn’t a “normal” life. Who in their right mind would move for 10-11 months?!?!? and UNPACK?! You are right no schedule.

    • Hi Julia!

      Thank you for this. Thank you. You are right…this isn’t normal…and I feel like I make it harder than it should/need to be but forcing things that feel unnatural for our home and family. Thanks for reminding me that this is a unique situation and it’s really ok!! 🙂 And I will just say…I totally hear you on the flour, lol. I am finding myself not buying things because I don’t want to have to lug them or throw them out in just a few months!

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!
      Megan

  6. I appreciate your honesty in this post! I cannot fathom the anxiety and uncertainty of not knowing where you’ll be moving to. That would be so hard, and I don’t really blame you for not wanting to put a ton of work into the house you know you’ll be leaving soon. Are there movable art projects or some more furniture projects that you can work on to stay in the creative groove while knowing you can take those pieces with you? Stay creative, my friend, although we all get in funks every now and then. I so love these posts where you give us an update and show me where else you’ve written this month.

    • Happy Sunday Emily!

      Thank you for this super kind comment. Things are definitely crazy around here lately. Between a bunch of personal stuff, blog backend stuff (which I think I mostly have figured out!) AND getting ready to move, I’m started to drop all the balls I’m juggling. I’m just trying to keep some perspective on the realities we’re facing right now as a family while still doing the projects and crafts that keep me happy. Thankfully, my wonderful readers (and blog friends like you!) are happy to support in any season of life I’m in!

      Thanks for your kind words..and hope you’re having a great weekend!

      Megan

  7. I recently found your blog and I’m SO grateful I did! I’m a mother of 5 and My hubby has a conditional offer for a job that could take us around the world with a move every couple of years. But it will start with a few months “here” a year “there” and then it will get a bit longer. The uncertainty of it all is killing me. And I, like you am finding myself wondering what’s actually worth my time and effort right now as far as making our house a home. We have been here just over a year and could be gone in 4-5 months. Im not a great housekeeper/ homemaker but I desperately want to be. Your blog has given me just the inspiration I needed at just the right times. So, for me and all the others out there the things you do and share are priceless. And the feelings you share in this post just make it all that much more genuine. Thank you for being relatable and… Just thank you! ?

    • Hi Jenn!

      I can’t thank you enough for this note you sent along earlier this week. I’ve had a hard week (both with personal stuff and crazy blog stuff) and your note picked me up at a time I needed it 🙂 Sometimes I start to think that it’s just too much and I don’t need the stress of it all…but the reality is that I LOVE to create a home wherever we are and even more so, share my ideas and solutions with the people who really need them. It can often feel like I am sitting here pushing words and pictures out into the world and no one is out there reading, but when i get notes like your’s it helps me remember I am truly helping people…and that is good and important 🙂

      I am so glad you found me during this phase of your life and hope you continue to find what I do here helpful and inspirational. Thank you for reaching out, and please please stay in touch!

      Happy Sunday,
      Megan

  8. I have followed your blog for years and love, love, love it and all effort you put into it and the beautiful diy ideas and decor tips you’ve come up with. It’s been fun to see how your decorating has changed through the years, too!

    I hope all of this transition smooths out for you soon! Just know you have friends out in blogland sending you good wishes!

    • Hi Sandy!

      Thank you so much for this note. All too often I forget that there are people out there supporting me and quietly following along in our journey. It’s always so heart-warming when I hear from someone who has been along for the ride for a while now, and it makes all the stress and work worth it. Thanks for reaching out, and I’ve got some great things planned for the coming months, so stay tuned!

      Megan

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