Thank you. It’s because of you that I’m celebrating 3 years. Thank you for the past three years. I was created to create, and you all have allowed my passion to become my job. I don’t get personal on the blog very often, but I want to share a little bit of my heart (And if I bore you, you can just scroll through all the before and after photos of my home). Blogging is not perfect. It has been a roller coaster ride with highs and lows. The comparison game with blogging is tough (just scroll through Pinterest or Instagram for a few minutes), and it’s easy to start feeling like you aren’t good enough. But more than the comparison game, the internet trolls are who have brought me the most discouragement and pain. I know I put myself out there by sharing my projects and home through the blog. I realize we don’t all have the same style, but why do people enjoy bringing people down? Here’s my most recent troll comment: “No offense. But perhaps your decor sucks…It’s your lack of well-rounded style.” Let’s focus on the positive rather than giving mean people any more time and attention. Thank you to my family, friends, and readers who like my shares on social media and take the time to read my blog posts. Thank you for the encouragement and for being an encourager. Have you ever considered the value of an encourager? To encourage means “to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope.” Encourage means “to fill with courage or strength of purpose.” Let’s all be encouragers and help each other dream big. I feel I was created to create. I want to share my love of creating with others, and I love the relationships I’m forming with readers through my blog. What were you created to do – what’s your gift? A gift is something that you’re not only good at, but it’s something that you have a desire to do. When you’re using that gift you’re filled with joy and power and you often find that you’ve found your passion. Embrace your gift and find your passion. This will take courage, but the most unnatural path to take is to not do what you were made to do. Singers want to sing. Painters want to paint. Teachers want to teach. -Amy Howard As a thank you, I’ll be running several giveaways throughout the next few weeks. If you notice my befores and afters, many of the makeovers involve paint. I am in love with this small spray shelter from HomeRight: This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. HomeRight Small Paint Shelter This lightweight (and portable) spray shelter design makes it easy to position on a table top, floor or workbench. It’s great for lamps and other home decor accessories and limits the overspray drift on other items in your project area. I’ve partnered with HomeRight and we’re giving away one of these spray shelters to TWO lucky readers! To enter, simply leave me a comment below. US Residents only and winner will be announced on January 14, 2017. Good luck! **GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. CONGRATS TO BONNIE & GIL! Thank you for all your support and encouragement, Go create something! Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home. Find me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Want to read more on using your gifts and finding your passion? Go HERE.