When you grow up tall, when people meet you they ask how tall you are.

When you answer, 5’ 10”, they often say, “Oh, you should play basketball”.

Although height helps, it does not make one a basketball player – skill, determination and coordination do.

I may have determination, but I have no skill, am lacking in coordination and the truth be known, I don’t like basketball.

I especially don’t like to watch basketball, I think it is all the whistles and the squeaking shoes.

So, why is I found myself riveted in front of the the television last night watching the women’s college championship games?


Because I had a personal connection.

Turns out one of the key players on a team graduated from our high school just two years ago.

All of sudden, I wanted them to win, my girls were nervously watching and wanted them to win.

I truly enjoyed watching the game, although our team did not win.

All because of a personal connection.

And women’s basketball got me thinking.

Sometimes I struggle with what you are all looking from me. Do you come here just for decorating projects and ideas, do you enjoy the stories about my family, do you want to hear my personal perspective on things or the struggles I face?

Should I be personal?

Or should I just write about decorating.


I have begun to realize that, although, I really do enjoy blogs that are truly informative and provide inspirations, ideas and tutorials, I am more and more drawn to those with a personal side to them as well.

The other day I was reading an interview (wish I could remember where) with Ashley from Under the Sycamore and she wrote how even if she no longer had readers she would still write her blog because she loved it so much. That really struck a chord with me.

I have come to the conclusion that I am okay with making this blog personal, that I want it to be personal, and for me to be best at what I am doing here, I have to be true to myself and be personal.

I want to have a connection with each of you.

I received an email over the weekend form a reader in Australia offering friendship and kindness.

It so truly touched my heart that she would take the time to reach out to me because she thought I needed it.

Isn’t that why we are all here – to be inspired, to learn, to make connections?

Now, that doesn’t mean things are going to change, there will still be decorating ideas and projects, this will still be about our homes.

But our homes are personal, they are about the stuff in it, but mostly they are about us.

I would love to hear what you think – why do you come here? Is there something you would like to see more of? Less?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

April 02, 2012 — Laura Putnam