Today is a special day for An Extraordinary Day!
To begin… let’s go back a few years. After losing my job in 2009, I suddenly had more free time than I was accustomed to having. So as I was preparing to host a fall open house for my Longaberger business, I decided to go online and do a little exploring for fall decorating ideas. Spending time online was not new to me, quite the contrary. Usually I spent my time online researching things for children’s ministry, or nutrition. Important stuff. [wink] I had never even thought about exploring the interwebs for home decor ideas. That bright fall day I entered “fall decorating” in my browser and guess who came up at the top? The Inspired Room. If you are familiar with Melissa Michaels you aren’t a bit surprised. She’s been singing the praises of fall and all that makes fall her favorite time of year for what seems like forever. After all… she is a pioneer in blogging about the home.
Before I knew it. That perfect fall afternoon became evening and Melissa helped birthed my love for home decor blogs and I subscribed to The Inspired Room. In the months that followed, I even sponsored a post and advertised on The Inspired Room. It was a great experience as Melissa was incredibly kind and gracious and just like she seems on the blog.
As I continued to read Melissa’s blog and discover many more wonderful bloggers, I decided that I might very well enjoy blogging, too. I had been writing, creating, and editing newsletters for my church, a gardening newsletter for the county extension, and of course, a monthly one for my Longaberger business. It couldn’t be that much different, I thought. And for the most part, I would say it is much easier, especially compared to the days when I would “paste” type and photographs on a layout page with hot wax and burnish rub-off letters for headlines. Gratefully, desktop publishing shortly came on the scene.
Thanks to Melissa’s inspiration… I fell in love with blogging. And so today, as I celebrate the third anniversary of An Extraordinary Day, I want to celebrate with a giveaway of her brand new book, “Love the Home You Have.”
If you’ve been a regular reader of The Inspired Room, “Love the Home You Have” is a wonderful extension of the blog. The beauty is that we get to hold all the inspiration in our hands and, if you’re like me, underline all the parts we want to remember.
“Love the Home You Have” isn’t a “regular” home decorating book. Melissa takes us through her all her homes and gives us the back story to each one and how each experience has led her to this place of contentment she experiences today. It’s that same contentment she wants each of us to have with our homes… whatever its current style or condition.
The book is filled with countless nuggets. The golden nugget for me is to write with a purpose statement for my home. You and I both know that it’s important to have a mission or purpose statement for our businesses, our families, and ourselves if we want to achieve any level of success. Interestingly, Melissa encourages us to have a purpose statement for our homes. I have considered what I want my home to be for family and guests. Yet, I’ve never set those thoughts on paper, nor have I prayed and asked God what his desire would be for my home. As we soon begin the process of finding a new home, I want to be sure to have that thought out so that our new home can be a very special place where we do what we do… with purpose.
The Inspired Room blog is filled with photos of a sparkling, well-organized home. In her book, Melissa gives many helpful tips on keeping a home along with her own personal struggles, funny/embarrassing stories, and successes for keeping a home open and ready for an unexpected knock on the door.
Melissa is a genius. Remember how I said this is not your usual home decor book? Melissa filled her book with fabulous hand-drawn graphics of inspiration and created what I would call a workbook, designed to help each of us find success in loving and creating a beautiful home. There are “worksheets” at the end of every chapter and at the end of the book you’ll find a “31 Day Love Your Home Challenge” filled with practical inspiration and a daily challenge.
I know you’re going to want your own copy of “Love the Home You Have.” I wish that I could give each one of you a copy to celebrate my third blogiversary. Since I can’t do that… I am giving you a link for purchasing a copy of the book yourself… and many chances to win a copy.
To enter to the GIVEAWAY for a copy of “Love the Home You Have” choose to do one or more or all of the following. Whatever works for you.
- Leave a comment below. (Tell me when you started reading An Extraordinary Day. Or… a memory of a particular post. Or… your favorite topic category you most look forward to reading. Or… whatever is on your heart.)
- Follow or visit me at any of these places… Pinterest :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Facebook :: Google + :: Subscribe to the Blog ….and let me know in the comments for each of them.
- Share this post on your favorite social media using the buttons below… and leave a comment letting me know.
- Purchase Love the Home You Have… HERE …and let me know in the comments.
- Visit Home Love Stories… a place Melissa created for you to share your home love story (no blog required) and read others… and let me know you did.
Note: you must be 18 or older to participate in the giveaway.
The giveaway will close on Tuesday, May 7, at 11:59 PM EDT.
One winner will be selected and contacted via email.
No purchase is required. US residents only… sorry.
Let me close with some blogiversary fun facts.
Upon my first blog anniversary I had a huge celebration and Melissa kindly wrote a post to help me celebrate. You can read that here.
Last spring, Melissa hosted a DaySpring giveaway on her blog and I actually was one of the winners. Lucky me! Because it was a generous prize, I elected to find out if I could work with DaySpring to giveaway some of my winnings. And because they, too are wonderful people… several of you received some lovely DaySpring Daily Grace products.
An Extraordinary Day has amazingly continued to grow each year… and for that I thank you. Sure, it takes me to keep snapping photos, and tapping on the keyboard so that there is fresh content to read each week. But… growth comes because you choose to use those little sharing buttons below and let your friends in your favorite social media hangouts know that you love An Extraordinary Day. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that love.
It’s been a joy getting to know so many of you. This is a wonderfully loving and encouraging community. And I love seeing how you encourage one another here too. Regularly I read about bloggers who feel beat up for any number of reasons. I want to thank you for being different… for extending grace and warmth to me and others.
Tomorrow I will embark on the first day of my fourth year in this incredible journey. I look forward to the very best year yet!
Thanks for helping me celebrate this milestone.
I love you!!!
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