The Story Behind
Deja Vu Decor Designs
The Least Creative Nurse Designer Around
A Brief Overview of Me
I am a wife and mother of two amazing young kiddos, a little boy and a little girl. That is my main identity and I love it. In a previous life I was a Labor and Delivery Nurse but that is neither here nor there.
I’ve read that an ‘About Me’ section should focus on all the reasons I’m amazing and why you should love me and stick around to see what I have to say. The second part is definitely true- I love writing for my readers. However, I don’t believe the first part is correct. Let me explain why.
I feel I am a pretty good mother, a caring wife, and fulfill my other roles in life pretty well. However, I was also divorced at 23, have a history of postpartum anxiety, a husband with severe rheumatoid arthritis, a bankruptcy, and what might as well be a foreclosure on my credit report. I sound like an amazing person, right?
I don’t say those things to gain sympathy from you or for you to judge me (just put it away). My point is- I have struggles just like you. But moving forward is what’s important and without all of those struggles I wouldn’t have landed here: A Type-A-Right-Brained-Uncreative-Mom with a Home Decor & Non-Toxic Living Blog.
When I was six years old my mother got pregnant with my sister and I fell in love with pregnancy and childbirth. I went to college and received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at 22 years old then worked on Labor and Delivery. I loved it at first but It didn’t take me long to realize I hated the way birth was “managed” in a hospital and to long for a change.
You may think that’s where becoming a blogger and designer came in but hold that thought.
I met my ex-husband at 18 and we divorced after two years of marriage when I was 23. He was a good man but not the right one for me. Thanks to the housing collapse around the same time, we were left with a house worth way less than what we paid and ended up doing a deed in lieu of foreclosure- great.
(Grow up they said, it’ll be fun they said. Lies)
A couple of years later I met my current amazing, talented, wonderful husband who probably stopped reading long before getting to this point so I can stop listing adjectives.
We met on Match.com (aka the old person’s Tinder) and three weeks later he left for a contract job overseas. Awesome way to start a relationship, right?
We stuck it out though and a year later he came back to the states. We moved to Ohio for his work and I took a job at a Plastic Surgery Center. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Yeah- me neither.
About My Career
Remember how I was burnt out on hospital births? Well, problem solved.
After a year I missed my pregnant mommies and ended up working as an Obstetric Nurse Case Manager which was one of the best things to ever happen to me (we’ll come back to why shortly/ promise).
Another year later we were married and got pregnant with my daughter.
I got laid off the week before I delivered. Well crap.
Then I Was Mom
Being laid off right as we had a new baby on the way was stressful but it worked out for the best.
I had postpartum anxiety and a needy baby who was only content with me so being laid off forced me to look at other options. After five months I found a work-from-home Nurse Case Manager position. Perfect, right?
Not so much.
It was definitely better than working outside the home but my poor daughter Would. Not. Tolerate. A. Babysitter.
We went through five babysitters in the first year and the one who stuck around understood her job was to keep my daughter quiet while I was on a phone call and otherwise hang out with us in my bedroom/office. She deserved more pay than we were able to afford but I will forever be grateful for her.
And Then There Were Two
Shortly after my daughter’s first birthday we decided it was time for number two and this time we were lucky enough to do it the old-fashioned way.
However, we decided the stress of me working was not worth it so I would become a Stay-at Home Mom once my son arrived. I loved being a stay-at-home Mom until one day my husband could barely walk.
A few months before my son turned one, my husband’s RA medications stopped working. My husband, a firefighter who was constantly on the go, could barely walk and had to suddenly medically retire.
We had a few months of savings but medical retirement takes a year to kick in. We discussed me going back to work but my old work from home job was gone, the kids had never been away from my side, I didn’t feel comfortable practicing as a nurse in a hospital with anxiety which constantly distracted me, and my husband couldn’t run after the kids. So, out came the credit cards and up went our debt.
Exploring Our Options
It was at this time we started looking into other options for working for me. My husband mentioned blogging but what did I know about writing?
I looked into other work from home opportunities.but none of those paid enough to even begin to make ends meet. Thankfully, my husband’s medical retirement went through but I couldn’t get blogging off my mind.
I started to research blogging and discovered the best thing to do was write about something I was passionate about but the only things I felt like I was an expert in was pregnancy and organic living. I am pretty passionate (ridiculously so) when it comes to my views on pregnancy so I went with organic living and started Deja Vu Organics.
At first, I loved it. I loved researching and writing articles to help others learn about organic living but I soon found myself burnt out thanks to the constant debates. Trolls love to argue about how “natural” living is a load of crap and I was just not up for constantly defending my views (even if they were backed by scientific articles).
Discovering Decor and Design
It was around this time I discovered Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body. It’s owner, Tasha, is amazing and in one of my blogging groups. I loved her website, her style, and her business sense.
She also gave me hope.
In my mind, only creative people could have amazingly organized homes but she showed me literally anyone can have a beautifully decorated home- even Type A, uncreative people like myself.
So I experimented a bit and between Tasha, my husband, and YouTube discovered I not only liked Decor and Design but also DIY!
So I decided to go a different direction and founded Deja Vu Decor Designs (DVDD). I am currently working to decorate our rental home using Tasha’s Guide, Designer in a Binder proving there’s hope for even the most uncreative, newbie designer.
The best thing about DVDD is I am still able to write about living a non-toxic lifestyle as it pertains to decor. I have discovered some great ways to decorate a beautiful home and at the same time keeping chemicals to a minimum by using certain sealers, VOC-free items, and natural materials.
As you can see, I am nowhere near the typical creative designer but I aim to prove that if I can design a beautiful home then you can too no matter how uncreative you may feel.
I hope you stick around to see how our home turns out and if you ever need any help creating your beautiful, non-toxic home feel free to contact me.
Talk to you soon, my friends!