Well that escalated quickly. Seemingly, one minute I am dancing myself into 2010 as a twenty-something year old sassy spit fire, adorned with with a sequined top and some pleather pants, with little to worry about and much to look forward to. Suddenly, I BLINKED, and I am found again, (not so ironically, if you know me) dancing my way into the next decade, bearing a much more conservative sweater, but some very similar faux leather pants. Worries have a much higher frequency these days, as do responsibilities, but the main difference is that I don't see those things as negatives nowadays.
In the past ten years, I have seen myself GROW. I've come to discover that the ages of late 20s and early 30s will do that to someone. And I am here for it. I've grown more as a person in the past ten years than I probably ever will. But here's the thing. I am the exact same person. I'm just a better version. It took me a long time to find that insight, but once I did, everything changed for me.
Ten years is a long time, but in the grand scheme of things, it's just a blink of an eye. A moment in time. So much can happen in a decade, and for me, so much has. Like most, I've gone through some major ups, and I've also had some major downs. But all of it makes me who I am today, and though it's taken me three and three quarter decades to finally be able to say it, I am PROUD of the person that I've become.
I'm proud to say that I've grown personally, and I'm also very proud of how I've grown professionally. This little blog has been growing, and people all over the world are tuning in to see what kind of crazy project I'll come up with next. It seems like people enjoy following along with my quirky self and spur of the moment DIYs, which, though puzzling, makes me happy. Even more important to me, however, is that it seems that people are also inspired to try their own. That right there is why I do this. If I can pass along that feeling of accomplishment to others; that "I made that myself" kind of feeling- it would make every scary step of this process worth it. So I guess that's what this post is... not your usual DIY project, but maybe a DIY post of a different kind. Through the world of DIY, I have been doing a little DIY on myself, and I am so grateful to each and every one of you for following along with it.
I finally feel like I am Liz. I finally feel like I am who I was made to be. But the thing of it all is that I am still growing. In fact, I'm sure that there is WAY more growing to be done. Since I'm clearly not even CLOSE to perfect, I know that there are still areas where there's room for improvement. No one is perfect, and I don't strive to be. But, I do strive to be better. I strive every day to be a better wife, a better mom, a better daughter, sister, and friend. And if I can do that; if I can feel like I am doing my best to be better every day, then I know that in another ten years, I will be able to look back at what I've done and still be proud. And that right there... that's what it's all about. Happy New Year, everyone!