Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Saying Goodbye To Fixer Upper

Tonight is the last night of Fixer Upper.  In my almost 40 years of life, I've watched a lot of TV shows.  This show is the only one that I can say has changed my life.  I hadn't planned on writing a blog post about the show on my quilt blog.  I was just going to tweet something about it but I quickly realized that 280 characters weren't enough to say goodbye to a show and a community that has become an important part of my life.
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The first three and a half seasons of Fixer Upper I didn't watch.  I didn't have cable and didn't care to have it.  I was able to watch what I wanted to with streaming services.  I knew about the show, it kept popping up in my social media.  I just couldn't figure out how a show on HGTV could be worth all the hype.  Then by chance, our AT&T gave us an offer we couldn't pass up by bundling DirecTV with our cell phone.  We jumped on it and I started watching Fixer Upper.

I fell in love with the show.  I didn't just fall in love with the show I fell in love with Chip and Jo.  Chip reminds me so much of Paul.  Their personalities are very similar, just wanting to brighten someone else's day.  I have loved decorating and designing since I was a kid.  I had always wanted to do it as a job but that didn't work out.  I was living vicariously through Jo.  I fully understood why it showed up on my social media and I started talking about it on social media too.

That's when I met a host of other Fixer Upper fans.  Twitter is the place to chat about it.  Thanks to a few posts on Twitter about Fixer Upper I found the LiveTweetCrew.  The LiveTweetCrew were the original tweeters about Fixer Upper.  Diehard fans, some had even been on the show, who live tweeted every episode.  That group accepted me as one of their own.  For the last two and a half years I have live tweeted Fixer Upper, which lead to live tweeting HomeTown, which lead to live tweeting Good Bones. 

And all of that tweeting lead to something even more important.  I found my tribe.  I found a group of people just as into design and renovation as I was.  I found a group of people who thought my 100+ sewing machine collection was interesting.  I found people who don't quilt or sew but are so supportive of my dreams.  I found my people and for that, I will always be thankful. 

I read Chip and Jo's book about their life leading up to the show.  It is a great book.  I love memoirs.  This fall I was pretty downtrodden.  I have worked so hard on this blog and I didn't know if it was worth all of the work.  Then I read Chip's book.  It was what I needed and I realized that my dream was possible with more hard work.  Just recently I had that, "Is it worth it?" moments again.  I was burning out so I opened Chip's book again and yet again I feel like my dreams are within reach.

So tonight at 8 PM I will tune in with the rest of my friends.  I will tweet about what I like, laugh at Chip, and shake my head at the things that I don't get.  When the show is over I'll be beyond grateful to Chip, Jo, HGTV, and the entire LiveTweetCrew.  Because of some home show on Tuesday night I am a better person.  I am more focused.  I am inspired to reach the stars.

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Melissa Shields
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