Wow! I can’t believe todays marks exactly one year since I began Sincerely, Sweetpea. It seems like it was just yesterday that I pushed that publish button for the very first time. The other day I was scrolling back through my Instagram feed, as in pre-blog Instagram and as I looked at the amateur, terribly-filtered photos I thought “this was the beginning and look at how far I’ve come”. So today, I thought we’d take a little trip down memory lane.
I guess you could say I’ve always had a love for design and doing it myself. I can remember rearranging my room when I was younger and my parents coming in and being like “Umm, you did this by yourself?” I never left things in the same place for long, it just seemed boring to me. I can also remember my neighbors buying these canopies for their beds at DEB and for whatever reason I just had to have one. I had always wanted one of those fancy beds with the canopy and this was my chance to get as close to that as I was probably gonna get. So, I saved up some money and I got one! I think I ended up hanging it using a thumb tack and after a while I got bored and hot glued some faux flowers to it. Doesn’t every child do this?
While I’ve always had a love for making things look pretty, I never really developed an appreciation for antiques or even thrifted items until Stewart and I moved into our first apartment. Compared to my previous apartment, our townhouse was HUGE! It had two floors, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, two porches, and wait for it… a laundry room! I thought I had so much stuff until we moved in and then I realized, we needed more things. So, on a college student budget I started shopping at the local Peddlers Mall and Goodwill and I really started to develop a love for older things. I began looking at items with a creative eye and not just seeing them how they were in their current state. This is when I discovered there was such a thing as a design blog. I started reading them, getting inspired, and with everyone telling me how great our house looked, I began thinking about starting my own. So, I did. I named it Living Loving Creating (original, right?!?) and I published one post which was about my great grandmothers piano bench I redid.
Here she is y’all!
Back then I thought that piano bench was the greatest thing ever. I was so proud of it! It’s crazy to me to see how far I’ve come since even starting Sincerely, Sweetpea. No, I don’t have a ton of followers and Sincerely, Sweetpea has yet to make enough money to pay a bill or two, but I’m closer to that than I was a year ago.
Can I get an amen? For so long I struggled with not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. The thought of having a 9 to 5 job that I wasn’t completely happy with drew me to tears and I wasn’t going to stand for that. I know, I’m only 23 and no one really knows what they’re meant to do, but I wasn’t going to settle for that answer. I couldn’t. My life and my happiness depended on it. I am so thankful that I found my love and my passion for design and creating when Stewart and I moved into our first apartment. Sincerely, Sweetpea exists because of that old piano bench I redid and I’m telling you, I couldn’t be happier that I can finally say I have found my passion, what excites me, and what I love doing.
I truly believe that whenever you find you’re passion and what makes you happy, you WILL find a way to be successful at it. Do you have another option?I want to thank you all for following along and supporting Sincerely, Sweetpea. It truly means so much to me that there are people that take time out of their day to come read my posts. Seriously, thank you! You’re awesome!