To start the year off, I thought it was time to share a few things. The bottom line is that 2023 will mark a slight shift in focus here on KN. As this place largely tells our family’s story — through home, food, solutions, ideas and general life, it’s a shift that’s developed organically taking into a consideration a number of factors — both internal and external influences.
Hear me out. This “shift” may not resonate with all of you, but I’m hoping that many of you will be able to relate. As people, our passions shift, our goals shift, and our personal needs shift. I’ve experienced substantial changes — from joy to grief, and overwhelm to peace — and the season of life I find myself in these days is begging to be acknowledged.
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I’m an anxious person by nature but the noise and overwhelm I’ve faced for a while now has demanded some personal adjustments. After long reflection, planning, and considering my priorities as they are today, I’ve determined that creating that parallel here on KN would be most productive, not only positively serving myself, but also those of you who show up to read and check in.
Don’t jump ship yet! I am not stepping back from KN. If anything, I am hoping to be more present. To show up more. And I’m hoping that with my current personal focuses being more in line with what I’m sharing, that I’ll be not only be more motivated, but that I’ll be less restrained by time allowances.
The big question you’re probably wondering is if I will still share home decor. OF COURSE! My home continues to be my happy place and I love creating within its walls. We spend the bulk of our time here. As a matter of fact, we have a couple of room reveals that have been ongoing projects for more than a year and they’re all being posted over the next few weeks! I love them. I’ve put a lot into them. And, they make me happy. I just shared in our big pool project announcement post (HERE) that we plan to stay here for a good long while. In that time, I want to continue evolving our spaces and taking on projects.
A “shift in focus” doesn’t mean a whole new direction.
So, what does it mean? What are these “priorities”? Well, it’s multi-pronged with lots of facets, but it’s all related. And, it all ties in to the concept of minimizing. I’ve always been a “more is more” type of person, but over the past few ways, that mantra has started to present itself as internal conflict. (hence the “noise” reference above). What I’m continuing to be drawn to more is…
Seeing less. Having less. Spending less. Managing less.
More intention. More simplification. More systems. More saving. More time.
I’m going to providing further explanation and how I’m realizing these concepts in future posts — along with a post (coming soon) about habits I’ve modified.
A lot of this deals with healing internal stress by addressing external influences and surroundings. Maintaining/regaining control.
As a family, we also just embarked on the biggest project we’ve ever taken on, financially. We’re stoked, but it’s a big investment, so we had already determined to “tighten” things up a bit and be more aware of our spending. Maintaining control and peace throughout this process directly coincides with all that’s motivating me and I’m looking forward to sharing intentional changes we’ve already made (and the natural benefits we’ve experienced) for those of you in similar situations.
While I’m focused on experiencing peace and looking toward minimizing (most aspects of life) to achieve it, I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to call myself a true “minimalist“. And, while I’ve shared my intentions with you all today, I’m sure there will be times you think that what I do or buy or say… or a decision I make will be contradictory to all of this. That’s ok. We’re all different with individual circumstances and values and lives and I’m sure I’ll do things differently from how some of you may do them. I don’t want to be judged by what some of you may consider counter-productive or contrary to my ideals. It’s all how you interpret it.
This all doesn’t mean I’m going to switch from expensive to cheap or vice versa. Or all the sudden I’m going to ban purchases or “fun” things. While I’m sharing where I’m at and my reasonings, I’m still going to be sharing ideas and will try to keep diversity there. But, I’m really excited to share more of my intent behind decisions — especially as they’re reflected today — more of the small things that feel like big wins that honestly just pump me up and fuel me, and the journey — whatever that ends up looking like.
Are you still here? 😉 If all that came out as a jumbled mess (and let’s be honest, that’s kind of how it poured out), and made little sense, I’m hoping my future posts will provide more clarity.
I’m looking forward to a fresh start in a lot of ways and stay tuned — over the next month, I’ll (finally) be sharing the reveal of Eliza’s big girl bedroom, the kitchen, breakfast nook, and more. I’ll also be tackling lots of practical, real, small, but personally satisfying storage and organization projects, along with other topics that just make me happy.
Love to you all and here’s to 2023. Cheers.