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{Photograph taken at the Ace Hotel photo booth}

I started blogging right after "j" was born, more than 5.5 years ago. I know we all say it but time really does fly by. "J" is now 7.5 years old and our "Baby J" [for those who have been reading my blog for years] or "j" is 5.5 years old. I started the SHIM + SONS blog back in 2005 as a means to keep in touch with family and friends. The first chapter of SHIM + SONS started over at Blogger and then a year later I moved to a new home over at Typepad. Back then there was a wonderful small community of creatives, many of us mothers. Over time the community grew and there was so many amazing and inspiring blogs out there. After returning from our time overseas in 2009 I was itching to have a new online space even though I still felt very connected to my SHIM + SONS blog. I spent a lot of time thinking about what my new space would look like, how it would be different from my S+S blog and how it would be defined [craft blog, design + lifesytyle blog, mommy blog]. I think the idea of having to define it paralyzed me. I wanted my new space to be a bit of everything. And towards the end of last year it finally dawned on me that I did not need to define what my new blog was nor did I need to exclude my personal life from my new space. Although I admire how some bloggers keep their personal lives separate from their blogs I realize I'm not one of them. Of course there is a lot that I don't share because as we all know life isn't always peachy keen but I like to focus on the good in my life and that is what I want to document here on this blog. I've started a personal journal [yes, one that I actually requires paper + pen] after having lost the habit many years ago and that is where I am able to record the good and the bad and the ugly. But this space is all about the things that inspire me to be a better wife, mother, friend and designer. And since so much of what drives me creatively is inspired by my family it would seem odd to exclude them from this space. So yes, you'll be seeing my boys and tidbits of my life as a wife + mother on this new blog.

Reader Comments (10)

Yay, Sally! Can't wait to see all your lovely finds here!

03.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren O'Neill

sally, i loved reading this post! love that you focus on the good in life and happy to be reading about it. you inspire me as a mom and person!

03.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoke

I am a long time reader but rare commenter. I will love to read both blogs.

03.1.2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

i like sarah has been a long time reader too - your kids are absolutely adorable and i love your work. im excited to see your new blog grow!

03.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

so happy to rediscover your blog... your boys are getting so big! congratulations on the new blog space and i'm planning on stop by more often for inspiration and oogling over your creative creations.

03.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterjenniferL

I just adore this Sally! I too finally came to terms that I am no longer just an interior design blog. I like it much more that way. I think as we get older our tastes expend (and hopefully not our bellies) ;)

03.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

LAUREN // Thank you, friend! :)

JOKE // Right back atcha! ;)

SARAH // Thank you! :)

JENNIFER // I'm excited, too! Thank you for visiting!

JENNIFERL // They are, right? Enjoying every little minute with them!

PAULA // Thank you!! I love your mix of personal + interior design on your blog! :)

03.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

I've been a long time reader of SHIM & SONS. Looking forward to your new blog.

03.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara S

SARA S // Thank you!!

03.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

love, love, love it!
Thanks for sharing how you feel. It helps to know we mamas don't have to do it all alone and that someone does understand what we are doing!

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