On December 25, 2020, I posted a video of Mr. Farmhouse and the girls getting our new puppy, Merle, as a surprise for Christmas.
For some Facebook-algorithm-related reason, this video went viral. It continues to circulate, even now and is up to over 300,000 views.
When the video started making the rounds, I will admit, I didn't tell Mr. Farmhouse right away.
When it finally hit 5,000 views, I decided I should let him know that over 5,000 people had now seen him in his pajamas and chore coat on Christmas morning.
As the numbers kept climbing, I kept him informed.
We were driving home from Christmas dinner at my in-laws house and our 6-year-old daughter, said, "Hey -- are we gonna get merch?"
We all looked at her, confused as to what she was talking about.
She answers, "What? Like merchandise! For the people who watch our videos!"
We laughed this off and explained to her that just because one video I posted is getting a lot of views doesn't mean we're really a "viral" social media family.
Then I posted this story on my personal Facebook page to share with friends because we did think it was adorable.
That's when we were shocked to have several friends and family members say they would buy some of Mattie's merch!
A few days later, a friend reached out with some t-shirt designs and that's when Mattie's merch dreams started to become a reality!
Thanks so much to Sherri at The Old Barn Print Shop for working with me on these t-shirt designs and the adorable mug! You can find her on Facebook and Etsy! Definitely check her out for your printing needs!
Mattie's Merch page is up and running. This is a preorder, so we'll tally the orders here in a few weeks and get them shipped or delivered.
Thanks for loving my girl and making her little merch heart happy.
Feeling grateful at the farmhouse,
Four whole months.
That's how long it's been since I posted over here on the blog.
It's like spring break got over and all the sudden, we were flying 80-mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone to the end of the school year.
Today is my first official day of summer break.
Sure, I'll be back at work once a week or so to tie up some loose ends and to do some preparation for next school year, but officially, I can stay home if I want to.
I'm reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
It's all about doing little things each day to contribute to happiness.
Inspired by Rubin's book, I've decided to embark on my own "Mini Happiness Project".
I'll chronicle my plan and progress here to share, starting today.
So let's just jump right in.
Rubin's happiness project was a 12-month endeavor.
I'd like to start TODAY and have my first little leg of my happiness project go through September 30th.
I'll do some of the prep-work right now in June to allow me to be prepared to do a 3-month focus with my Farmhouse654 friends from July through September.
My Daily Focuses for the Rest of June will be:
We made it.
It sounds crazy to say that. I just keep thinking, "Wasn't 1996 like a few years ago?"
Anyway, for so many of us, waking up on January 1st brings a renewed sense of motivation and excitement for what can happen in this fresh new year.
Over 2018, I read several books to work towards becoming the best version of myself that I can be.
Almost every single one of them spoke in the beginning about the importance of having a vision for your life.
"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." ~ Jonathan Swift
Your vision has to be yours alone.
Picture the life you want and decide TODAY to take steps to get there.
I'm hosting a "Twelve-Week Challenge" group here on the blog and over on Facebook.
So that's my one non-negotiable daily habit.
However, I have some other habits that will definitely help our days run more smoothly, so I have listed nine other daily habits that I would like to track each day.
I love using a habit-tracker for things like this, so I created one on Google Docs to track my progress.
You can view MY January habit-tracker HERE and follow along, if you'd like.
If you would like a printable BLANK copy of my habit-tracker, click the image below.