I love this time of year. It’s always fun looking back at all that I did and even more fun to begin looking at what’s to come. It has always been one of my favorite times of year in my business because of all the planning and anticipation of a fresh start and I can honestly say I feel the same here.
This time last year was when Twig and White began taking shape. The idea for a fresh start has been placed in my head after being so terrified to imagine my life apart from RC. I started the new year with big ideas and dreams for this place and even though I haven’t gone as far as I would have liked, I did accomplish a lot this year.
- Master Bathroom Makeover: The blog has definitely given me motivation to start making some of my ideas for projects around the house a reality and maybe my favorite project of all was the master bathroom update. I wanted something more modern that made our vessel sinks feel more intentional. We loved them but the rest of the bathroom never quite “went”. We also left some updates unfinished for far too long so getting those done and making just small changes using not much more than paint completely transformed the space. I still stop sometimes when I walk in there just to admire how much better it looks.
- Vintage Metal File Cabinet Makeover: While my plans and use for the small back office in my shop / studio has somewhat changed, the simple makeover I did to my vintage file cabinet is still one of my favorite pieces in my studio. Chalkpaint was really the only material required and what a change it made!
- Painting our Vintage Buffet: When we finished our dining room (one of my favorite rooms in the house now) I wanted a vintage buffet. When we found it I was thrilled but the wood just never quite fit in with the table and benches B built or with anything else really. While I ended up with something completely different than what I planned in the beginning, the end result is amazing and that old buffet is now a favorite for sure!
- Consistency: Consistency was a recurring theme all year long and eventually I fell away altogether. Between staff changes at work and life in general, I often found it hard to keep up with everything and it kept me from keeping a consistent schedule.
- Random Topics: When I started out, I really wanted a lifestyle blog that touched on lots of different topics. I can’t be the only grown woman that has interests in home decor, diy, fashion and maybe even some business and blogging. I’ve struggled with feeling pressure to niche down while my own gut saying that it doesn’t feel right to cut anything out.
- Lack of Growth: While many full time bloggers say that in many cases it takes a blog two years before it really takes off, I felt like Twig and White didn’t go anywhere this year. Sure, I’ve seen an increase but not like I thought I would. While I would like to see this become a business that maybe one day replaces RC, I went into this knowing that I didn’t NEED it to be that.
My Takeaways from this year
Above everything else, I truly feel that my lack of consistency from pretty much the start, has greatly contributed to my lack of growth here. I also can’t help but wonder if that being so inconsistent has made it harder for me to figure out the right set of topics simply because I haven’t tested enough out yet. My response to these issues will be addressed in detail when I share my goals for 2018 next week.