10.03.2012

Three Years Later

Well, friends, it's been three years since I started this little blog, and despite my occasional moodiness and last year's long break, I'm still here! And unbelievably, so are you! I've never celebrated a blog anniversary with any fanfare, but I do love to reflect, so after three years of blogging, here's what I've got to say about it:
  • I love to INSPIRE and BE INSPIRED. It's why I wrote my first post and why I'm writing this one. Just when I think I'm done with blogging, inspiration strikes, and I can't help but share! It comes from the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times {remember the lampshade story?}, which is why I never have a plan when it comes to blogging. I just follow my heart.
  • I LOVE BEAUTY. Whether it's found in nature, a person, interior design, a card design or the real mess of life, beauty gives me glimpses of glory in everyday life. It keeps me straining heavenward...longing for the day when I'll see beauty more fully than I can imagine. Ultimately, beauty points my heart back to God. I think that's why I love capturing it and recreating it. Beauty makes my heart sing!

  • I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. I feel present and peaceful with a camera in my hands. My eyes are drawn to beauty like magnets, and I love that a camera gives me a way to capture it. I especially love to capture the little things in life...details that otherwise might go unnoticed. {My favorite lens is the 50mm f/1.8. Inexpensive, simple and old school.} I think my love of photography is a huge reason I keep coming back to the blog. What else would I do with all this beauty I've captured? Maybe I'll make a photo book someday! 

  • I LOVE TO WRITE. From the journals I've kept since 3rd grade, to the English papers I wrote at Vanderbilt, to the business writing I cranked out at Enron, words have always been like the air I breathe. I've learned to write even when I don't feel like writing, because I know how therapeutic it is in the end. If I'm not writing, I'm not fully alive. As long as the Lord gives me something to say, I'll keep writing somewhere. {I've always thought there might be a book in me, but I have no clue what it is! Maybe something with photos?}

  • I LOVE PEOPLE. I'm an introvert at heart {meaning I need lots of alone time}, but I'm very aware that God created me for relationship. People are the only things on earth that last for eternity. They are worth my time. When I started blogging, the only people I was thinking about were my clients. I had no clue friendship with strangers would develop! Nor did I ever imagine that God would use ME to inspire you, and YOU to inspire me! 
{From Theirs Is The Kingdom by Robert D. Lupton}

{I'd love to know you. Feel free to introduce yourself here.}

So there you have it, friends. As it turns out, I think this post was more for me than for you...especially during this season of wanting to walk away from the blog. Making this list helps me see why on earth I'm sitting here at a computer when I could be doing so many other things! If the Lord shows me another way to use my love of inspiration, beauty, photography, writing and people, I'm there. But for now, this little blog feels like a good place to use the gifts I've been given. 


Blessings to you, sweet friends!
P.S. I've been pondering the idea of a new blog or at least a new blog name. LLH Designs felt natural when I started because this was meant to be an extension of my business. But as it turns out, I rarely blog about my business and am not much of a design blogger. Maybe my tagline is enough: glimpses of glory in everyday life. Any thoughts or opinions? Does the name even matter? Maybe I'm over-thinking it...or just looking for a change. {Shocking for a girl who doesn't like change! Look what chasing a dream has done to me!}

21 comments:

  1. You are so cute Linsey and I hope you keep blogging - I love following you - your new home is beautiful and I wish you much success in this busy season of your work. Good luck and God bless you!!!

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  2. Hmmm, yes I often think of changing the name on my blog, but then I get concerned that people might not be able to find me. I think the name is fine even if it isn't about your business. It's about your thoughts and design, so LLH Designs still makes sense to me. But having said that, people do change their blog names, when the blog goes off in a different direction than they originally planned. I sometimes overthink my tag line too. Well your blog is gorgeous, inspiring, and thought provoking just the way it is. PS, my hubby worked at Enron too for a time.

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  3. Happy 3 years! I adore your blog and always look forward to a new post in my email. Like you, I love beauty and your blog is filled to the brim with it! Your photos are so simple and lovely - eye candy if you will.


    Perhaps you've found the new name - Chasing A Dream? Just a thought!

    May God continue to bless you!

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    1. The story of chasing our dream definitely feels like one God wants me to share. There are a lot of ladies out there responding to it and wanting to know more. I'm humbled to be the one who has anything to say about chasing a dream. Not what I expected my life to be about! But I'm loving it! You've always been so sweet and encouraging. Thank you!

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  4. Lindsey I love you & your blog! I've been an avid reader since I found several months ago! Take care & keep writing girl!

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    1. Welcome, and thanks for the encouragement to keep writing. It takes so much time, but when hearts are stirred, it's worth it.

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  5. I absolutely love reading your blog! I have a huge blog list in my reader and there is only a handful of blogs that I will consistently read, and yours is one of them. Your photography, the design of your home, everything you capture is all things I, too, believe are beautiful. I am from Texas (born and raised) and it is intriguing to me to read your journey to move out of our beautiful state and venture somewhere else. There is so much beauty in other parts of the U.S. but somehow I cannot imagine myself ever actually moving from here, so I can really relate to your posts of moving. The joy of seeing your new place, yet the agony of leaving the home you have ever known.

    I stumbled on your blog when you were still in Houston and I remember thinking you lived in my dream house! I understand the pains of remodeling - trying to duplicate the things you used to have in a previous home (especially paint colors...oh my!) and making your new one as special as where you came from. I am in the process of doing that myself.

    Your honesty and struggles are easy for me to relate to and I truly enjoying following along with you. Thank you for sharing and I want you to know that your efforts are not in vain...there really are people out here that you touch with your writings. I happen to be one of them!

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    1. What a dear comment, Paulette. Thanks for reading along and encouraging me that the time spent here is not in vain. Sometimes I wonder!
      P.S. I'll always be a Texas girl at heart!

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  6. Happy Blog Anniversary. :)
    I'll have to think about ideas for a new name for the blog...I do love your tagline and think it suits you so well....you could totally keep the LLH bc I don't think it's a "hinderance" at all, but I see what you're saying about your initial thoughts that it would have more to do with your business. hummmmm....I'll ponder on it. :)

    I love that for now the blog is a way for you to express all the things that matter to you. I have the same battle going on in me....regularly. Do I keep blogging or do I not? Is there a way for me to promote my business without having to blog a few times a week. As our kids get older, they need me more and more. Somehow, I didn't believe my older friends when they used to tell me that when ours were little. Things to keep praying about....

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    1. I remember thinking the same thing...wondering why moms of older children thought their kids needed them so much when here I was with little ones needing me every second for every single thing! Now I get it! You're one of the great gems that has come out of blogging for me. :)

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  7. Thanks for your advice on the girls' room at the ranch. I ordered headboards yesterday, so I'll see how it goes. I found some darling white iron ones that I couldn't pass up. If the artwork clashes, I'll just rethink my artwork. I appreciate your advice so much, as clearly you have impeccable taste.

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    1. You are so welcome! You've got a great eye yourself!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Your blog inspires me, and I truly enjoy reading it.

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  9. Hey girl. I just had to tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts. I love "seeing and hearing" more of you and getting to know you better. You truly are a creative soul.

    Remember that God has given you the gift of words, and blogging is such a great venue to share those words. Seeds are planted and watered when you write.

    Hugs to you from me.

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    1. Sweet Amy. You are a gift. I love what you said about seeds being planted and watered when I write. Those felt like words from God. Humbling and inspiring!

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  10. Y'all know how to keep a girl going. Thanks for ALL of your encouragement and kindness! xoxo!

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  11. You have me smiling...so glad you are here and are sticking around. I have learned so so much from you and am blessed by your open heart. Thank you for sharing yourself with us, my life is richer for it.

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  12. I'm so thankful for you. You are such a dear, dear, dear blessing to me. I am just so thankful, and wanted you to know.

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  13. I like LLH Designs .... I think it's a sophisticated name that encompasses many different themes. I do believer you are a designer. You home is lovely, both old and new... you are designing your life in everything you do -raising your children, honoring your husband, feeding your children, feeding your soul and contemplating life. It is all by design - God's and yours!

    I am happy to hear you are so passionate about writing - it gives me hope that you will continue your blog - I love reading about your adventures, your kids and your thoughts. I am dying to hear more of your story!

    Many thanks for all you do!

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  14. I just love your blog and your pictures are outstanding. Can you tell me a little about the inexpensive lens you were talking about in this post. I checked it out on Amazon and it truly is inexpensive......Do you use if for close-ups only.......I'm intrigued! P. S. Glad you are back...I lurk but never post comments....and you have GREAT taste. I've learned a lot from looking at pictures of your new (and former) home!!!

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  15. Thanks so much, Carrie. If you like details and portraits, get this lens. SO worth it. Razor sharp eyes in portraits and great bokeh (blurred back ground). I do use it mostly for close ups. It has a fixed focal length, which means you use your feet to get closer or further from an object. Old school!

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