Faith & Family#purposeinstyle November 9, 2015 I’ve felt the winds of change blowing for awhile now. At first it was an occasional breeze that brushed past, just long and hard enough to let you know it was there. And then, it evaporated as quickly as it came. Lately, it’s gotten stronger. The gentle breeze has turned into a loud, screaming roar of a wind that I can no longer ignore. My soul started to listen and a stirring was created within me. A stirring to ignite change, if even just for myself. After talking with some friends, I realized it’s a wind felt by many of us and it’s time something was done. For awhile now, there’s been a lie going around. A lie that says if you want to be successful and grow, you need to be a professional brand. Professional brands don’t show real-life. Professional brands don’t show pictures of their kids. Professional brands show perfection. They sell a lifestyle. And that lifestyle is void of tiny, smiling faces and messy fingers. It’s void of story and history and meaning. They’re selling a lifestyle that is actually missing life. I’ve bought into this idea that if you’re a design blogger, the only way you’ll grow is to share pictures of pretty rooms. No kids. No dogs. And don’t get too personal. I tried that and I grew some, sure. But here’s the problem with that kind of growth. It leaves me feeling empty and frankly, like someone else. And it couldn’t be farther from why I started blogging. The reason I design is for those tiny smiling faces. I am passionate about creating a cozy, homey place for my family, not for my Instagram followers. I love actually celebrating holidays and sharing traditions, not just a picture of a perfectly styled, themed Christmas tree that changes each year. God forbid you re-use ornaments or feature that “Baby’s First Christmas” ball. I took a long, hard look at my feed and some that I follow recently and I realized that real-life is almost nowhere to be found. And for me, that’s a problem. For too long, I’ve thought there was no middle-ground. I either needed to share these perfectly styled rooms or two weeks worth of laundry piled onto my dining table in what could never be called a pretty photo. What can I say, I’m all or nothing. I’m joining up with some of my favorite blogger friends for a little movement we like to call Purpose in Style. These ladies, Melaine from My Sweet Savannah, Anissa from House Seven Blog, Brooke from Nesting with Grace, Kristin from Bliss at Home, are the cream of the crop, y’all. They each have talent galore and gorgeous homes, but their hearts are what really draws me to them. We got together and came up with a crazy idea. We’re passionate about our homes and design, but instead of just sharing pretty, perfect design shots, we’re going to show life being lived. We’re going to bring back the stories and the meaning. We’re very literally going to share the purpose behind our style. Each Monday on Instagram, we will each be sharing a shot with #purposeinstyle and we’ll be inviting you to do the same. We’ll collectively choose our favorite each week and share it on our accounts on Friday. At the end of each month, we’ll all do round-ups on our blogs featuring the four Purpose in Style favorites from each week, plus we’ll each choose a wildcard from the past month that we just love. For us, there are several goals in this. We want to combat the design and perfection-only stigma that’s rampant in this social media world and infuse real-life back in. We want to create a community that encourages and inspires and doesn’t leave you and your life feeling “less-than.” We have been so excited to kick this off and we hope you’ll join us! There are no criteria to what needs to be shared. Some shots will no doubt have kids in them. Some may be home and design shots, but with them we’ll share the meaning or story behind it. This is totally up to your interpretation! We won’t be doing any weekly themes. We just want to see how your real-life style and how you’re living purpose-filled. Our first week will go live on Instagram this morning! Head on over and check out how we’re living out #purposeinstyle.