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Inspired Holidays {Day 31}:: The End. What is next?

by | Oct 31, 2011 | 31 Days: Inspired Holidays, Seasonal Decorating & Entertaining

Inspired Holidays {Day 31}:: The End. What is next?

In spite of October being one of the craziest months for me this year (31 days of posts, busy real life, finishing my first ever ebook and flying across the country for the fifth time this year to go to Relevant over the past few days), I’ve really enjoyed writing and putting together this series.

I love this season and love the privilege of writing in this space every day. I don’t take that for granted. It is an honor to be able to write about what I love because it reminds me of what I value and what matters most to me. It keeps me focused on the now and living in the moment. It is like therapy! And I love that you all share in the things I love to talk about. Without you, this would be a lonely room, so thank you for being a part of this.

Writing in this place is an interesting experience because while I am loving every minute of sharing seasonal topics, I’m also being stirred up to write things that didn’t fit this series.

So many experiences, thoughts and ideas that came to mind in the midst of the past 31 days. Thoughts about blogging, about creating spaces for living, about finding your passion and living it out in creative ways both at home and in your career. And of course, about finding authenticity and contentment at home.

And, I have so many things I want to talk about and explore more deeply on the topic of my just barely released ebook NOT a DIY Diva! Much more to come!

While this 31 day series is over, it is over simply because October 31 has arrived.

Tomorrow is a new day. We are still in the lovely season of autumn and entering into the holidays. We will continue talking out creating the home we want, right where we are, in this holiday season.

But now I am free to mingle in all those other pressing thoughts and ideas that came to me. I love the freedom I feel as November 1 rolls around! I can write, or not. I can create instead of write. I can talk about the holidays, or not. I can do whatever I want.

I like options. 

Inspired Holidays {Day 31}:: The End. What is next?

I also wanted to send a shout out to the lovely 7 other women who came together to inspire 700 others to write their own 31 day series. That is the real power of community!

Blogland does not revolve around the voice of one, but around the community of many.

And of course, you can find the 700 other 31 Day topics here.

The 31 Day ladies:

Nester –  31 Days of
Lovely Imperfection

Jen – 31 Days to
Balancing Both Beauty and a Budget

Jessica – 31 Days of Memory Keeping

Melissa: 31 Days:
Inspired Holidays

Sandy: 31 Days of
Warmer Connections

Darcy: 31 Days of Photo Tips

Emily: 31 Days to
Change the World

Emily: 31 Days of the
Little Things

It is kind of fun to see the entire list of what I’ve been blogging about for the past 31 days so I’m putting the whole series below so you can catch up on anything you missed!

Inspired Holidays {Day 31}:: The End. What is next?

Day 1: Welcome

Day 2: Plush Pumpkins!

Day 3: Why I Love this Season

Day 4: Ideas for Decorating Naturally

Day 5: Simple Fall Decorating around My House

Day 6: Your Holiday Style! In the groove? Or in a rut?

Day 7: Creative Memorable Holidays

Day 8: What Dessert to Make for Fall Parties!

Day 9: Things to Treasure List

Day 10: Tips for Mantels and Display

Day 11: Tips for Holiday Curb Appeal

Day 12: A Discussion: Candles and Holiday Scents

Day 13: The Most Versatile Seasonal Decoration

Day 14: Holiday Decorating Power of Three

Day 15: Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Day 16: Holiday Decorating: Fresh Inspiration

Day 17: Cleaning for Christmas

Day 18: Finish Decorating Projects Before the Holidays

Day 19: Set up a wrapping station

Day 20: Disconnect & Read a Book

Day 21: Do Yourself a Favor & Have These on Hand!

Day 22: Fall & Winter Quilts & Blankets

Day 23: pssst….I wrote an ebook.

Day 24: Nesting in Your Fall & Winter Bedroom

NOT a DIY Diva was released in pdf form!

Day 25 & 26: Holiday Dishes and Tables

Day 27: Sweet Gifts for Giving

Day 28: Tis’ the Season for Cozy Drinks

Day 29: Dining Rooms and Holiday Entertaining

Day 30: Fall Drive Bys

What are some topics you would like to read about in the upcoming days, weeks and months?


  1. Tamara

    I am so excited to see what you have up your sleeve for the coming months. Are we going to hear about RELEVANT? Gotta check out that ebook as well :)

    • Melissa

      I’d be happy to share about Relevant!! I had a great time and if people would like to hear about it, I’m happy to share!!! Thanks for asking!

  2. Carolyn

    Congratulations on crossing the finish line! I did not even attempt to write 31 days of something. But, come to think of it, I could have written 31 days of doing something other than blogging :)

    Looking forward to your future posts! Happy Halloween!

  3. teresa

    I love it when a goal is set and finished…. all your posts this month were awesome….. I benefited from all your hard work, thanks. =)
    I’m having a large group for Thanksgiving….any ideas on that subject would be helpful =) just saying =)
    Have a wonderful day.
    P.S. I think I might of “Pinned” half of your posts this month…thanks

  4. Michelle Starling

    This has been so fun but I am also looking forward to blogging about a different topic. Thanks for opening the doors to all 700 plus of us who joined in. I look forward to next year.

  5. {darlene}

    Yay, you made it!!
    Thank you for your great series!! I am excited about what is next too.
    {{hugs}} from across the country, sweet friend!

  6. Vee

    Thank you, Melissa!

    That’s a great expression…the community of many.

    I did read two other bloggers’ daily thoughts in October. It was a very good experience.

  7. Mimi

    Melissa, thanks so much for inviting me and so many others to take part in this 31 Day Challenge. I’m so grateful to have visited so many other incredible bloggers. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  8. Maureen

    I had such a great time with the 31 Days…in both reading and writing. I’m so thankful that I was a part of it! But, I, like you am looking forward to the freedom of being able to write about other things…and be more flexible. Thanks again for the opportunity to share in 31 Days!

  9. Shauna

    It was a really great series and I enjoyed reading so many of the 31 days posts. Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to next!

  10. Dana

    I would also love to hear about Relevant!

    And, I wish there were an ebook…
    on “How to Write an ebook!”
    (How to set up affiliates, etc.)

    Speaking which, I really need to go check out your link!

  11. Anne Lyken-Garner

    Wow! I’m really impressed that you’ve written all that and have done so much this (last) month. October was also very busy for us. We had lots of family commitments, we went away for a short break, and we still have some ongoing stuff to do around the house.
    What a lovely blog you have here. I also have a writing blog (apart from my diy site) that focuses on books and all things writing. Perhaps I can feature your ebook on there? Lots of people come by to search for books.

  12. Edith

    I would like to thank you so very much for helping to over see this event. Your blog was one of the first that i discovered and I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people. I have been inspired by so many individuals. It has been tiring but well worth the effort. Again thank you!

  13. Lynn from For Love or Funny

    I enjoyed reading your October posts! Looking forward to heading into the holidays with you…


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