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In all the posts in all the world, I think this post was one of the most fun I’ve ever written. There’s something about looking back that makes you appreciate where you are now. I’m going to turn off comments on the post and end the giveaway tonight at 11:59 CST tonight, October 6.
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And speaking of looking back? This is what the office looked like when we moved in.
This is where it all began.
That wood desk has heard it all. My stories. My laughter. My tears.
Whenever I had a problem or news that had to immediately be shared or when I just wanted to talk, I’d walk into my dad’s study and plop down across from him on the other side of this desk and share my heart.
I remember when I was sixteen and started my first job at Dairy Queen. I wanted to quit after the first day. I dumped a Blizzard on someone’s car in the drive-through and my ice cream fell off the cone and my apron was not cute and I was sticky and dirty and tired.
I walked into this office and announced I was quitting.
I was done.
I was finished.
My father looked at me over the top of his glasses with a twinkle in his eye and told me something I’ve never forgotten.
“When the going gets tough–the tough get going.”
I’m not sure I’m tough.
But guess what? I’m still going.
I’m still growing and learning new things (I’m about to learn how to play Mah Jong) and DIY’ing and creating and painting and decorating.
So in honor of the desk and all the stories it has to tell? I thought it would be fun to add a little fall to this blue and white space.
Just in case you read this blog and you want to picture where I am when I write all my books and stories?
See that chair behind the desk?
(total aside: can I thank you one more time for talking me out of painting that desk.)
Picture a person with a messy bun and glasses and empty coffee mugs and a golden retriever at her feet typing away on a laptop.
And now? It’s ready for fall.
I didn’t really change up much.
But I decided I had to do something.
The rest of the house is so fall and then I’d walk in here and it felt like July. Do you ever feel like that? Do you add fall all over the house or just in one room?
It’s like I only plan on decorating the front porch. And then? Somehow fall and pumpkins and orange and things that smell like apple cider work their way into my heart.
There’s a lot of blue and white going on in here and I thought a little bit of orange might pop it out and make it feel a little more like fall.
Look at that pumpkin pillow.
I try and add one fun pillow each season and this one was the winner.
Here’s a close-up of it.
I love hooked pillows like this. They are just fancier than other pillows—like that cousin who shows up to the family reunion telling everyone how they made it big in cryptocurrency.
The pumpkin pillow is so cute and it’s smaller 10″ x 10″ so it’s the perfect little accent pillow to tuck next to a bigger pillow like this one.
// blue and white rug //
This blue and white rug is having a moment.
Look at that pattern.
Remember when I found it and couldn’t decide between the rug in the front room and this rug so I kept them both and designed the entire office around it?
You all helped me with that decision, too.
What would I do without you?
// fall ficus tree //
I moved the fall ficus tree from the front room into here to replace the fiddle leaf fig I had here originally and moved that to the front room.
Then I added a few pumpkins and some leaves and that’s it.
My office is ready for fall.
In retrospect, do you know how happy I am that I didn’t quit my summer job at Dairy Queen?
At the time it was so hard.
I stood at the counter and watched out the window as my friends drove by on the way to the lake and over to the pool and to parties on those long-ago summer afternoons.
All while I wore an apron and mopped floors and served hamburgers.
My dad was so right. Sticking to something you committed to makes you so much stronger. I am the person I am today because of that Dairy Queen summer.
And when the going got tough?
The tough made Blizzards. 🙂
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