If you read my 2018 goals post and last week's Friday Favorites, you know that I am trying some new things out for Dog Lady Horse Crazy. There are so many people that I admire, from afar that I've never met and a ton that I know personally. For my first Admire Greatly post, I would like to introduce Joyce Duncan.
Joyce and I met through the Younger Women's Club of Louisville. Joyce is a Realtor®, entrepreneur, fantastic chef, incredible interior designer, and a sweetheart to boot. I remember first being fascinated that her bright lipstick never seemed to be out of place, a feat I can't ever seem to manage.
Her home is always impeccable; she has an eye for interior design that is uniquely her but also so covetable! I am always impressed by her arrangements of fresh flowers and attention to detail. Just look at her Christmas table:
The past year has been especially tough on Joyce, one of great personal loss. But through it she built yet another facet of her career and re-did an entire home in Louisville and put it on AirBNB. It is the in-town escape I fantasize about when my own home gets a bit too chaotic and messy and I'm not quite ready to face cleaning and organizing.
But, none of these things are why I chose her for the first Admire Greatly. Joyce has quietly inspired a lot of people with her grace under stress for a while. Last Friday, she shared an incredibly honest post on her blog:
This gorgeous woman, who is always put together and impeccable was frank about her eating habits. She details the final binge that set her over the edge, prompting her to take a look at her habits and ask for help. Her honesty is so refreshing. So many women, myself included, seem to shy away from talking about our true eating habits. Sure, there is meme after meme about scarfing down a pizza but how many of us would actually put it out there - in WRITING - that we did so?
Joyce put it out there. Since reading her post, I've found myself marveling in her honesty. It shows something that I realized about myself a while ago - sometimes appearing to have it all together is the thing that is holding someone together. I've been there - where I'm so not together that all I focus on is the appearance of my shit being together.
So, I thank you, Joyce. And I hope to be a source of encouragement for you, because you have encouraged me to share more. I hesitated before sharing my previous post on getting help because I was so worried about what people would think - and I was wrong. I want to continue in Joyce's well-heeled footsteps and put my hang ups out there. Because the flaws and cracks are what make things beautiful and interesting.