Hello and welcome.
Today is a special day on the blog. It’s special because it marks the first anniversary of Chatfield Court (to celebrate I am going to host a giveaway so keep reading for details). It was one year ago today that I posted for the first time and I remember it very well because it’s the same day that we closed on our little house.
Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but I made it through and lived to tell the tale. So much has happened this past year with this little blog and I’ve learned so much about myself and about blogging, and I have loved every minute of it. Sure, there have been some bad days here and there and some projects that didn’t turn out like I hoped but I’ve enjoyed it all from painting walls and miles of trim to learning about seo and html. I think the best part of all of this is reading the comments and emails I get after I’ve shared a post. All of those thoughtful and supportive emails and comments are what keep me going. I truly appreciate it when someone takes time out of their day to stop by to read or to read and comment. 🙂 Thank you!! I also want to give a shout out to Mr. C²- my main squeeze, my helper, my model, my idea-bouncer-offer, thanks for all of your support (and for not calling me crazy when I know you really wanted to).
I’ve never shared with you the reason why I started Chatfield Court and I thought that today would be a good day to do that. I have loved reading blogs for many years (I started out reading makeup blogs…my guilty pleasure) and I always felt that, being a lover and doer of diy, decorating and home improvement, I had something I could contribute. I also felt that blogging would be good for me because it allows me to be at home and work on something that I love at my own pace. Fifteen years ago I suffered a pretty bad back injury and ended up having 13 back surgeries. Unfortunately none of the surgeries relieved my pain, although my back is stable for now. I’m in a lot of pain all the time and it prevents me from being able to work outside the home and to do a lot of other things I love to do. My activities are limited but finding the blogging world has given me a purpose again. Something I’ve been looking to find for 15 years. So, I can’t do every project myself, Mr. C² helps me with some stuff, and I may take a really long time to paint a room, because I can only work for an hour at a time, but I am busy again, mind and body. This isn’t something that I share often (sometimes people treat me differently after I told them because they don’t understand chronic pain) and I’ve struggled over the past year whether or not I should share it on here. After all, this is a blog about diy and home improvement and not about health, but I really feel like it’s part of who I am and why I do this and it’s time to be open about it and to move on.
Phew…that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. 😉
So, to thank you all for supporting me and Chatfield Court this past year, I thought I would do a little giveaway tomorrow. This comes from my heart (and my own pocket ;)) so I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to enter and to see how far the house has come this past year. I’ve got so many plans and plenty of projects to share this next year, including a whole kitchen redo to tackle. So much to do and so much to look forward to. Here’s to another great year!
Thanks so much for stopping by.