Things

Hey friends! I know that things have been less than personal around here these days. What with all the giveaways and product reviews and such. Sorry about all that.

Anyway, If you are following me on any social media outlet other than this here blog then you’ve noticed I’ve been posting a few instaquotes (Instagrams with quotes on them).  Without getting into too much detail, because I really can’t at the moment, I’m going through a bit of a transition both personally and professionally. (FYI – this is probably going to turn into one of those ‘What I’m afraid to tell you Posts. Brace yourself.)

Needless to say, I’m jumping out of my skin with excitement. But, I also think there is a part of me that is paralyzed with fear. So, in addition to looking for encouragement and support through books, favorite movies, and a glass of wine (or two), I’ve sort of found comfort in a few poignant quotes. They have reminded me that things, no matter how they turn out, will be okay.

I’m ready to turn the page to a new chapter in my life, but damn it that page is heavy. And with the struggle to turn this page, I’ve floundering with my decisions. Can I do this? Should I do this? Is it the right decision? We’ve all been there, right?

Through some miracle, and admittedly a lot of hard work, a few doors have been opening for me lately that I never thought possible. I’m so tremulously humbled and grateful I don’t even have the words for it. I’m honored that so many of you are reading the things that I write and look at the pictures that I post.  I’m giddy every single time I see that someone has recreated a sign I painted or made one of my recipes. If there was ever a sign to say ‘this is what you are supposed be doing’, you’ve given me that sign. Thank you.

Admittedly, there is a good chance I’m getting ahead of myself here as I normally do. That all of ‘this’ could fall through the cracks tomorrow. But I hope this isn’t the case. I really hope this isn’t the case.

I’m also fearful that my decisions on how to proceed with my life, my dreams, and my goals have the potential to disappoint others. They inevitably will. I’m a people pleaser. If you’re happy, then life is good…I’ll suffer through. You other ‘people pleasures’ will know what I’m talking about here.

I’m learning though, that I’m the only one responsible for my happiness. With new opportunities on the horizon I need to be the tinniest bit selfish and do what I need to do to be happy.  Yes, you may be surprised to find that I’m really not as happy as I’d like to be. But I’m working on it.

So, these days I’ve been pushing myself. I’m taking risks. I’m working harder. I’m battling through some sort of migraine or tension headaches I’ve been having. I’m ignoring the few pounds I gained though some major stress eating. I’m learning to say no. I’m growing. I’m on my way.

And above all of that, I am beyond excited for whats to come. This fall I’m redoing at least two rooms in my house. In fact, I just received 13 yards of fabric in the mail today for one room. I have some awesome ‘themed’ weeks planned for the blog amongst other fabulous new content. I’ll be taking on the ‘blog every day in October’ challenge again this year. Plus, this winter, Inspired by Charm is getting a facelift and I’ll be making the big switch to WordPress. And, when I can, I will share more with you about my new adventures and plans. Though, if you pay attention, I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it out on your own.

Yes, there will still be some random product reviews and sweepstakes here and there, but they ultimately allow me to do what I do. I hope you understand. Having your power shut off is not fun. Trust me, I’ve been there.

With all of that being said, my words and heart can not express the joy and happiness that your comments, following, and support mean to me. Thank you. I do hope you’ll stick around for a whole lot more awesomeness.


  1. Hi Michael -

    I am so excited for you – change is a good thing and it looks like you are taking charge and heading in one very exciting direction.

    Looking forward to hearing your news :)

    My best- Diane

  2. I can hardly wait for your news. And good for you to take risks. That’s the only time great things happen. And you deserve the best. Don’t forget about us little people when you make it to the top, okay?

  3. I’m so excited for you and I haven’t a clue what’s going on but that’s okay. I truly believe that if more people did what made THEM happy then others would be happier too. Self-sacrifice is not all it’s cracked up to be. I think your first and foremost responsibility in life is to be happy; not at the cost of someone else if you can avoid it but because you cannot possibly be happy or make anyone else happy if you do not listen to your soul speaking to you which to me is God or whatever power you might believe in. If everyone did that there would be no wars, no suffering, etc. It may sound simplistic but I’ve found it to be true. You will face rejection maybe and anger as people close to you don’t ever want you to change but they’ll get over it and come on board eventually if they truly care for you and if they don’t then you don’t want them in your life anyway.
    You go guy! I am cheering for you and the courage it takes to follow your dreams!

  4. Take those chances and if things go not as planned, you will never regret that you stepped out of your comfort zone and took the chance. You will learn from the journey. Best of luck and can’t wait to hear the news!

  5. I love that you use quotes to put things into perspective – I’ve been collecting them for years in a leather note book. I pull them out to sift through and find inspiration or serenity. I toss them shamelessly at family and friends. Here’s a couple that I hope will help you with this transition in your life – you deserve good things! 1. Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well. ~ William A. Ward. 2. Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. ~James Bryant Conant. 3. Idea’s are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless ~ Mary Kay Ash 4. Its’ not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived ~Helen Walton. Continue to scatter my friend – you have a talent for it. :)

  6. Michael~ Yay for you! You are a multi-talented, creative, inspirational person~
    I’ve decided not to let fear get in my way & seems you’ve decided the same. Go forward with your loves & passions & let no negativity in…
    To be great for others you first have to be true & great to yourself :)
    You’ll be wonderful~ so happy for you!
    Karalee

  7. I’m fairly new here, love to see what your cooing up in the kitchen and how your decorating your lovely house! I will be holing on with 2 hands waiting to see where your going to take us next <3 Good Luck

  8. I’ve never commented before (you know, one of those this-person-is-way-too-awesome-so-I’m-just-too-intimidated-to-actually-talk-to-them things), but you’ve added so much happiness and beauty to my days. You are such an inspiration to so many people, I’m sure you know that. And as a people pleaser myself, I understand why you worry about changes. But you know what–you’re an amazing person. And if you go after those dreams, I’m quite sure that your own happiness will only transfer over into making others happy too. Wishing you strength and luck and confidence as you continue making your dreams come true.

  9. d’oh… of COURSE we stick around!
    I, for one, haven’t a clue what you’re about to do, but whatever it is, I hope it’ll make you happy.
    If you’re not happy in yourself, the only people you will make happy are the pleasure- suckers who couldn’t care less about you if you stop giving them what they need. But if you are truly, utterly happy, it’ll just spread around you all by itself!
    Your reviews and giveaways don’t bother me- fair deal to make a bit of money for all the hard work and content you put into this, free for all of use to use and enjoy. Review away, as long as you keep posting your beautiful photographs and little stories, I ain’t going nowhere <3

  10. Change is scary and exhilerating at the same time. With your talent you should weather the changes with flying colors! No question of sticking around…I can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

  11. Michael, I love the quotes – just wanted I needed to read this morning! Thanks for sharing your exciting news and inspiration along with your honest account of your fears and trials. It’s refreshing to see both sides of the journey to success – both the excitement and nervousness. Best wishes and I’m sending you some positive energy and good thoughts :)

  12. Just *listening* to how much you want these “things” to come to fruition makes me believe they are in your path for a reason. I send you clarity and light for your path, truly in your heart you know what is right for you. Unfortunately sometimes those decisions aren’t what is right for others but you know what? They don’t have to live your life. That is for you to do. Do it in the loud musical way which will fill your heart.

  13. I’m so excited for you, but have no clue as to what’s going on!! I’ve been reading your blog & seeing all of your beautiful pics/inspirational quotes on Instagram & Facebook and I know that something awesome is getting ready to happen for you!! Until then, I’ll be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out!! Good luck Michael!! I’m glad that all of your talent & hardwork is not going unnoticed!!!

  14. Yes, I think like a lot of us, I miss the old blog with you doing projects in your spare time. You’ve been busier and busier and the blog has taken a hit. However, anyone who isn’t thrilled to see you get the recognition you so much deserve is not a true fan or friend. I wish you good luck and much happpiness!

  15. Change is good! Change is scary! But change is important! I tell myself these things all the time. It seems that good things are in store for you and I couldn’t be happier for you and that I stumbled upon your blog. Blessings and good luck!!

  16. I’m happy that our lives have crossed via your blog. Take care of yourself and it will all fall into place. FYI- I highly recommend acupuncture to help with migraine headaches.

  17. Are you kidding Michael? Thank YOU for sharing your inspiration with all of us!!!! Of course I am going to keep reading your posts, drooling over your pictures, making your recipes and, in general, enjoying your amazing blog! Keep up the good work and just let the river take you where it wants to! You just enjoy the ride. Hugs…Tess

  18. I’m so excited for you and all the new opportunities coming your way. You are so talented and I’m glad you are finding vehicles to share your talents with us. I am wishing you all the best Michael. Stay strong.

    Mary @ At Home on the Bay

    P.S. I love that Anais Nin quote. I’m a people pleaser too, so that quote really hit me.

  19. Similar to your Anais Nin quote is a favorite of mine from C. S. Lewis: It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

    The difficulty in trying to please everyone is that we become a chameleon who no longer recognizes his true color. The process of finding our true color is not easy and there will be moments when it just doesn’t fit. That’s okay, keep trying on colors until you find yours – in that moment you will shine so brilliantly that those who love you will be filled with radiance and those that don’t matter will simply turn from the light.

  20. I am dying to know what is coming up! I have my guesses, but am ready for you to spill the beans :)

    Can’t wait – you have great things in store for you!

  21. Am caching up on your blog today. Congratulations on moving to a new phase and I am excited for all your changes and opportunities that are ahead! Take care, Laura

  22. Wow! Just surfed to your blog following your great quotes… You’re very brave, Go For It! Nora Ephron once wrote :”ABOVE ALL BE THE HEROINE OF YOUR LIFE , NOT THE VICTIM” . Wishing you the very best :-) Ruthi

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