Liberty in Definition

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For most of my life, I’ve been all over the place when it comes to style and personal aesthetic preferences.  Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm while having punk and preppy friends, and on top of all of that, listened to show tunes.  I’ve always been able to find the beauty in almost any given circumstance, but that’s a major downfall when trying to develop a cohesive look in my artistic endeavors or personal style.

You don’t have to know much about branding to know that a cohesive look is key to a brand’s recognition.  When working with clients, I can easily pick apart their current scheme and find ways to bring their branding to a more uniform place, but somehow I could never make myself do that with my personal brand or even more so, in my home decor!  That is, until I had a major epiphany during a fateful Pinterest binge.

One of the most liberating feelings is when you come across a term or statement that just DEFINES you.  You read it, and think, “This is me!  All along I thought I was alone, but there are people like ME and they are called THIS!”  As silly as it sounds, when I found the interior decor term “Modern Eclectic,” I had this feeling.  It was everything I wished my home would evoke, but I never knew what it was called or seen others’ take on it so as to make my own stab at it.  Just days after seeing these images of sprawling gallery walls and shamelessly odd paintings mixed with clean modern furniture and whatever else folks darn well feel like including, I felt better about my home and had clear direction as to what to do next!  No more wondering if my mom would approve or if it will look dated in 5 years…

When it boils down, all I needed was to give my style a name.  After I had a definition for my taste, there was no more wishy-washy dabbling in this line of thought or that, because I could say, “No!  That is off topic!  Stick to Modern Eclectic.”  Of course, rules are made to be broken and I am the master of my fate, so exceptions are made, but these decisions are infinitely easier to make.

So what are the areas of your life that you need to define in order to have a clearer vision of your path?  Once you actually understand what is is that you’re after, you have a name for it, you know what it means, you can come much closer to sticking to that path.  I’m just thrilled mine involves the excessive use of plants as decor 😀