Thursday, March 1st, 2012
When MJ Grows Up
been back washed, since post are flying out of my editor lately -
Sponsor Swap & Last Month on MJ.
We are all coming together to share some of the goals and dreams that we each have for our little blog babies in the future. So, I’m going to dive into mine, even though I find this a little scary and very open.
Blog Goals & Dreams for Mailbox Journey –
 I want to FOCUS more on this little piece of the web I have. It makes me utterly happy, so why not focus a little more on it and give it more attention. Life gets crazy, and then I get super tired and lazy. Which makes me feel like the blogs been neglected for the last two weeks, because I’ve literally accomplished nothing in the world of creativity, crafts and thrifting. I’ve also been having a rough time lately, finding the time. I work 40 hours a week and I have some debt, so I can’t just run out to the craft store and drop some twenties on fabric and supplies. It’s just not going to happen right now, but I’ve been making awesome progress with my debt. I’m almost under $21,000. (I’d have even better progress if I didn’t have to drop $700 on car repairs last month, but life happens.) I’m NOT trying to make excuses for myself though, believe me. I’m very hard on myself, and I love this blog so I’m not going to let it slip through the crafts. I have plans, big plans! I also want to focus on this blog more because I absolutely love it. Remember that quote that goes a little something like, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”, I live by that quote. I want that in my life, and this blog is that. Yes, I still work 40 hours a week as a “personal errands girl”, but one day that could change. You see blogs like Young House Love, A Beautiful Mess and Centsational Girl writing blogs for a living. They eat, breathe and sleep design, crafts and home reno’s. They have found my American dream, and I have finally found some role models (which I’ve never, ever had in my life). I know I’ve found my love, when if I was/ever became a Millionaire, I would still have this blog. I’ve found my happy nitch. If only I started doing this when I was twelve, and obsessed with HGTV and Trading Spaces.
 Become PRETTIER. As in layout and photography for the blog. I’ve changed my layout about 349834834, but who’s counting? :p Seriously though, I’ve changed it a lot, I’m never completely happy with the way it turns out and my boyfriend won’t let me change it again for awhile. I love really simple and clean layouts, but I just don’t have the time right now, to sit down and learn photo shop, or the patience. One day, It’ll happen though – but for now, I’m happy with staring at Coco in the forest in my little woodsy header. As for photography, I want to get better. I use to be REALLY into photography when I was a teenager. My camera was attached to my hip and I use to take hundreds and hundreds of pictures. As my camera got bigger (Nikon D5000) and life got busy, that has all faded away. I’m planning on getting back into it this summer though, more so than I’ve ever done before.
 Get a HOUSE already, Geez! I want to paint walls, I want to sand floors, I want to rip out nasty carpet. I want to host parties in Travis’ man cave, I want window boxes filled with flowers and a huge garden in the backyard. & I want a dog, damn it! We are desperately trying to get to that point. We’ve been saving and paying down debt, talking about it more & more, and just waiting for that time to come (especially since we think we have mold in the walls of our apartment, excuse me while I go bawl in the corner). I’m really hoping that by the beginning of 2013, we will start looking and getting pre-approved, but we’ll see. I kind of want a ring on my finger first. ;)
 Maybe, Possibly, opening a PRINT or ETSY shop. I’ve been thinking about doing print work a lot, but I haven’t really bit the bullet and jumped forward. It’s something I’ve always had in the back of my mind, but I don’t have the funds or time to even attempt it yet.
 Making FRIENDS. I’ve made a lot of friends in this little blog world in the past six-ish months and it’s awesome. I don’t have many girl friends to begin with, so it’s nice to be able to vent and talk to a bunch of girls with the same interests. Whether those friendships are genuine or not, only time will tell. It’s really exciting though, and hopefully we can all get together some time, because hanging out with boys so much can really drain you. :p
 Just be happy and BE ME. I just want to do what makes me happy, no matter what people say or think. This blog makes me happy. I probably annoy all of my friends with it on Facebook, but oh well. If you love me and care about me, you will support me in this journey, because I’m not quitting anytime soon. Mailbox Journey is here to stay.
 Last but not least, I want to DOCUMENT more. I want to bring more of me into this blog, whether that means creating a sub-domained blog that just documents personal stuff, I don’t know. (Thoughts?) I’m really not that interesting, but I want to document all of the camping trips I’m going on this summer, family gatherings, awesome news… etc.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
Words of encouragement?
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