We made the national news!

Yesterday was a BIG day for us here at the mansion! The internet basically exploded over an article that was published by a national news outlet which made headline news. A month ago a reporter from Insider reached out to us after finding out about our project through our instagram page. He asked if we would be interested in speaking with him for an article he wanted to write about our project for Insider’s lifestyle section. We agreed and we were under the impression it would be a small side piece on their website. Boy oh boy were we wrong! The reporter was incredibly nice and we spoke to him for an hour over the phone a few weeks ago. After the call he messaged me and asked for as many photos as I could send him of our progress etc.

Yesterday I was at work and my sister called me. I answered because I knew it was early on the west coast so she must have had something important to tell me. Her words were “DID YOU KNOW YOUR HOUSE IS ON APPLE NEWS RIGHT NOW?” My heart skipped a beat. Wholly carp the story dropped! This is really happening! After I hung up the phone with her I checked my email and there was a message from the reporter saying the article went live this morning. Whoa.

The story wasn’t a small side piece by any means, it was a HUGE front page news headliner. It was well written and we are pleased with it and that the reporter didn’t try to spin any angles to make it more “newsworthy.” He told our story as we told it to him. Within 30 min my phone started to blow up with literally thousands of facebook notifications (the story was shared to Insiders facebook pages as well as their websites and other news outlets), calls, texts and emails. At this point I was shaking and could barely breathe. What the heck just happened?! I had to leave my phone in my bag and ignore it for a good part of the day because it was so overwhelming and I couldn’t keep up if I wanted to.

I shared the link to the article on our facebook renovation page yesterday and as of 9am this morning it has been viewed 193,180 times, shared 625 times and has 261 comments. This is just from me sharing it to our page. These numbers don’t include the shares that have snowballed exponentially from the initial sharing from Insider themselves.

We have been contacted by local news stations, nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts and a couple podcasts all asking for interviews. It’s bananas!

And of course, along with overwhelming majority of amazing comments, there are a few bad apples who actually take the time to say mean things about our renovations. I can honestly say those comments do not bother me at all. It comes with the territory of being pseudo internet “famous”. I guess I was just raised better to not say anything at all if it wasn’t nice. People who find joy in tearing others down online are very clearly lacking joy and passion in their lives and I can only pray they somehow find it because it is a very lonely sad life to be so negative all of the time. And I can guarantee that those keyboard warriors wouldn’t have the balls to say some of those things to our faces. We totally get it, what we are doing is a very unique project that very few would have the guts to take on and of course not everyone will like what we do to the inside of the building or how we decorate it and that’s totally okay! But the difference is that I can’t even fathom seeing a photo of someone else’s home online and telling them I didn’t like it or that it was ugly. Again, I can only thank my amazing wonderful parents for raising me to have love and respect for others.

I wanted to take a minute to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our readers. I feel like I can’t say thank you enough for showing us grace, love and support over the past 3 years since I started this blog, instagram and facebook reno pages. Y’all have been so great and are the reason we continue to document our progress on this incredible journey. I don’t know how we got so lucky to have you all in our lives but we thank God everyday for it.

I want to encourage you to be intentional in your interactions online. Social media is a wild place and can have such profound impacts both good and bad on peoples lives. Don’t forget that. Also, take a break from social media every once in awhile. While I make part of my income online (not related to our renovation- we make zero money from it) even I need a day to recharge without social media. You’d be amazed how much better you will feel! Go meet a friend for coffee, call your grandmother and just TALK! Or do what I will be doing today which is setting up my 2020 planner and decorating the first couple weeks. (Where are my fellow llamas at?!) It is okay to take time for yourself. That sink full of dishes can wait.

Oh yeah, here’s the Insider article for your viewing pleasure. Click (here)

Stay tuned for another post very soon with the before and after of our sons bedroom!

Be kind to one another. Always. ❤️

10 thoughts on “We made the national news!

  1. I’m so in love with your idea of taking in old historical mansion and turning it into your home 💙 I’m hoping one day I get the chance visit the mansions n see the beautiful back to life you done it too !

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  2. Yes, I’m with Mercedes. I live in Huntington and remember going to banquets at the Masonic Lodge. I am also thrilled that this building is being saved and used. Thank you and blessings as you continue with your restoration.

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  3. Congratulations on your new famous status. With it comes opportunities to make money, gain social status, and the ability to make dreams become realities. With it also comes those that make it a job to make others feel less then them, being recognizable when shopping or doing everyday activities and everyone wanting to find out what you are up to all of the time.
    I pray that you all get to see the upside of this new fame and ignore the negativity. As a child growing up with family members who were in the Masonic temple, Shriners, eastern star etc.. I enjoy seeing what you are all doing to give this building a new life. So many of our historic buildings are being torn down . Wishing you the best of luck and perhaps with this new found celebrity status brings extra money to help with the costs of refurbishing.

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  4. Llama here!! Congrats on the masterpiece you are making! I have been following you since the first post, super excited about all the renovations, changes, and the way you have been able to keep the history and quirks of the building intact. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for you, your family, and your beautiful home!

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  5. Hi everyone.
    I have read your newsletters since they started. I love reading them and find them fascinating. This one really was good.
    Thank you so much for doing the newsletters. Keep up the great work you are doing.
    Trish Quinn

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  6. I read your article when it showed up as something I’d be interested in from Insider, and your blog post about your 10yr olds room just showed up so now I think I’m going to have to follow you. It seems to be a sign 😁 Wow! You’re doing a beautiful job with the building and I can’t wait to see more. Good luck with everything and have a wonderful 2020

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  7. I read your article when it showed up as something I’d be interested in from Insider, and your blog post about your 10yr olds room just showed up so now I think I’m going to have to follow you. It seems to be a sign 😁 Wow! You’re doing a beautiful job with the building and I can’t wait to see more. Good luck with everything and have a wonderful 2020

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