I started taking piano lessons when I was in second grade… which was more than twenty years ago. Since then I’ve taken more music lessons than I can count (thanks mom and dad), performed on many stages, conducted from my fair share of unstable drum major podiums, marched on everything from parking lots to professional football fields, graduated college with a dual music degree, and now I have my own business in the music industry.
I remember one day I was having lunch by myself (yes, at Chick-fil-a) and trying to find answers online about what our fertility future might look like. I had to cut myself off when I felt the tears coming. So this post is for 2016 Katherine… the girl looking for answers, or hope, or to just gain comfort in hearing from someone else going through a similar situation.
Our dining room has come a long way in the 3 months we’ve been in this house… and while it’s not totally put together and done, I wanted to share some progress pictures with you today because I painted the floating shelves last night and want to show them off!
If you’re anything like me you’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest trying to find the perfect color for your room (maybe you even got to this post from Pinterest - if so, I hope it helps). These are the colors I used in our second house. As much as I love a good gray I had to go for the more beigey-grays aka greige at this house because of the color of the carpet. The swatches I grabbed from the Sherwin Williams site that you see above look much more brown than how it looked in person so keep scrolling for photos of what they look like IRL.
Even though we only were in the house for two and a half years, we made the most of it. We got married in May 2014 and then jumped into renovating the house that August. “They say” renovations are hard on marriages, but don’t believe everything you hear - we loved the process. Yes, it was stressful but as we’ve both come to learn, we love house projects! Here are the photos taken by Patrick Sheehan when we listed our house for sale so you can see the final product!
Why do we feel like we have to apologize for our successes or keep them to ourselves? (I say “we,” assuming that I’m not the only one who feels this way...) Everyone says social media is a highlight reel. But is it really? How come when I have a real high (or something serious that’s worthy of sharing), I struggle to share?
When I first started Designing the Row I would sit and stare at my computer wondering how to get clients. But at the same time, I now know that I had no idea what it was that I actually had to offer. I was offering everything and anything that I knew could add some sort of value to others. Website design, social media marketing, online analytics, album design, poster design, merch design, tour advancing… The “what do you do?” question was a stressful one for me to answer. How was I supposed to explain my job to someone if I didn’t even know how to explain it to myself!?
I want you to think about what it is that you’re waiting for. You know, “if I just had x amount of money.” Or, “if only my job title were better.” Or maybe, “if I could just book a few more shows/clients.” Then what? What would you do if you had that money, job title, more shows or clients?
Social media has a way of letting people into our lives so easily… but so often we only share what I like to refer to as our “highlight reels.” Today I'm sharing what being the wife of a cancer survivor looks like through my eyes because, well, I've never really shared my side of the story. I'm also telling this hoping that letting you in to my life past my highlight reel and sharing my lessons learned will be encouraging or inspiring to at least one person who reads this!