Day 4: There. I said it.


I’m so glad I picked happiness as my focus for this month. While I may not be able to dispense any great advice, I hope you all learn at least one thing along the way.

If you follow Miss Mustard Seed, the title of this post may look a little familiar. If you are not familiar you can head on over to her blog to read all about it. The gist of the idea is that we need to be able to dream big and we need to put our dreams out in the universe. If there is something, anything you want to do, you CAN do it! But the first step to achieving those dreams is to give them a voice – to tell someone, or in my case, thousands of someones. 

So today, and probably a few more times in the future, I’m taking the ideas of Miss Mustard Seed and putting a new dream out into the universe.

I want to write a book. 

There. I said it. 

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Yes, like many other bloggers, cooks, and designers. Someday, I’d like to write a book. I’m not exactly sure what my book would be about, but it’s absolutely a dream.

I am so thrilled to see other bloggers like Young House Love, Joy The Baker, and Miss Mustard Seed herself putting their creative ideas into books. In fact, I’ve already pre-ordered the YHL book! I’ve also been encouraged by so many of you to write a book and / or a cookbook via various forms of social media. I think is about time to start putting those wheels in motion. Don’t you?

Now that I’ve shared a new dream, what’s yours? Feel free to let me know in the comments, head on over to MMS and let her know, or tell your friends and family. As cheesy as it sounds, let’s make our dreams come true. Nobody is going to do it for us.

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I also need to ask a huge favor of you. Should my dream of writing a book come true, what would YOU like it to be about it? 

A design book? 

A holiday craft book? 

A cookbook? If so, what kind? What would make it special? 

Let me know in the comments. Your help and advice would be so greatly appreciated!

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This is the 4th post in my 31 Days of Happiness Series. 

Start from the beginning here, or follow along on Pinterest at i Blog 31 Days of Happiness.

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  • @leoandivan at

    Whatever it is you have to include the recipe for your pumpkin blonde bars which were a hit at my house! It would also be great if you would add some tips on photography so we could all make things look as great as you do!

  • Dannyelle @ at

    I’m dreaming of really blogging full-time, as in making a living doing it! I’m just putting it out there… I’d love to read your book, Holiday crafts perhaps? With different sections for different holidays, maybe with recipes too.

  • Anonymous at

    Why cant it be a book with all those things, you are so inspiring and such a creative person, OR why stick to just 1 book? You could make a Holiday book with great recipes and crafts and a DIY book just like TorI Spelling !! OH the possibilities are ENDLESS !! Good Luck to you !FINGERS CROSSED XXXXX

  • Geekwif at

    What about a seasonal look at your inn? You could show how you decorate for different seasons/holidays throughout the year and share seasonal recipes that you might serve your guests.

  • Vitta Fernandez at

    Start writing! A book that has a little bit of everything, hospitality, recipes, DIY, and a few sprinkles of stories and anecdotes to tie it all together.

    I, too, am in the process of writing a children’s book and am now rewriting and illustrating it. Perhaps, one day, I will see it in print. GO FOR IT!

  • Debby at

    I liked the first comment about hospitality. It could be a book about making people feel comfortable in a home or a B and B. Tat way you could include decorating, recipes, and crafts. I’d buy it.

  • Debby at

    I think also that you should contact FOlk Magazine and talk to them about doing an article about your business and ideas. They like anything american. I might see the author tomorrow and I will tell him about your blog.

  • Lisa at

    Early this year I decided I wanted a house with enough land to support a couple horses. I named my farm Cooinda, an Australian aboriginal word that means “happy place.” I decided it existed but that I just hadn’t found it or wasn’t ready yet. Just a few months later, I found it.

    Your blog is already pretty awesome, with tons of material. Go through the archives and see what resonated the most with your readers. That might be a good starting point for a book.

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    How being an innkeeper became your funnel towards living your dream. Then enter all the faucets of where you’ve taken your talents. Food, decor, store… all of it! That’s who YOU are. That’s what I want to read about. πŸ™‚

    But I also totally think you could pull off a book on each given talent. One for food, one for decor, one on being an innkeeper with a store.

    Write more than one! There, I said it. πŸ™‚

  • Christine at

    I would like to see you put out a book on design. I love all that you do on your blog and would like to know your secrets. You have a real talent.

  • Susan at

    I agree with a few others-it should be a chapter book, like your pinterest boards-cooking, quilting, decorating,hospitality…

    Maybe a book that revolves around your Inn? You could do a “Inspired by Seasons” theme, and incorporate how you change it all up spring, summer, fall winter- holidays, food, decor would all be covered via that as well.

    I have a vision board with photos/words as my intentions/goal statement.It works!

    MMS is right-if you put it out there, you will find a way to do it πŸ™‚

    Happy writing!

  • Swede and Ole at

    A trilogy….seems to catch everyone’s interest these days…. recipes and hints, everyday design that anyone can do and afford, and DIY craft and decorating. Put your dreams out to the universe and they become reality; you have a creative eye for these things Michael….just do it!

  • Swede and Ole at

    A trilogy….seems to catch everyone’s interest these days…. recipes and hints, everyday design that anyone can do and afford, and DIY craft and decorating. Put your dreams out to the universe and they become reality; you have a creative eye for these things Michael….just do it!

  • Chris at

    Hi Michael…..we all seem to be on the same track. Can I be the first to preorder your book about running a bed and breakfast plus? Wonder which format you’ll use – a diary style? Chapters? It would be fun to learn how you started with finding the property, renovating or preparation, outdoor spaces, the gift shop, your original decorating designs and crafts, special recipes you use and lots and lots of pictures. Oh, and it would have to be a lovely coffee table edition.

  • Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence at

    I shared my dream with MMS, but I will here too. I want to open a successful occasional shop with a workshop attached, that people flock to and can’t wait every month for it to open. I also want to be published, books, magazines, etc. I have been in Country Home, want more :)! I want to share my passion for junk, and building, and repurposing. And through it all, I want to give to causes that are near and dear to my heart, to those in need.

  • Amanda @ Bullfrogs and Bulldogs at

    I think a book about you and your story of how you got to be where you are now. I think those stories are truly inspiring and you can infuse all your interest in DIY, crafts, and cooking into it πŸ™‚

    Happy day to you! Love you blog.

  • Amanda @ Bullfrogs and Bulldogs at

    Oh, and my dream is to be the kind of yoga teacher that truly inspired others to develop their own practice. I’d also love to write a fictional book one day. And be a mom πŸ™‚

  • slip4 at

    I would love to see you write a book about hospitality…making guests feel welcome and great recipes…but it would be reasonable to include some crafty, DIY decor ideas too as a part of making a house a home. Your special twist would, of course, be that you have successfully run a B & B so who should know better? Whatever you decide, I am sure it will be great.

  • Melissa at

    I think what is great about your blog is that there is a little bit of everything.

    Maybe a book with sections… DIY, cooking, baking, decorating and gardening. It would apply to a larger target market and be a great little reference for all things domestic !

  • Anonymous at

    I agree that it should revolve around your B&B and include all the subjects, just like your blog and pinterest. Having it involve all the seasons is a great idea.

  • Sarah Pacheco at

    Follow your heart.
    Write the book that you
    want to read! {{{hugs}}}

  • beaner at


    I have never left a comment before, just mainly taking in the information. Great site and I love all the clever and EASY recipes you have.

    I think a recipe book would be good but my first instinct was to vote for the DIY holiday book!

    Not sure of my dream just yet, I will keep you posted!

    To have a blog was my first one and I did that. I find it challenging at times but it’s fun!

  • Anonymous at

    One of the things that I love/ intrigues me the most about you and your blog is the inn-aspect of your life…the prep to make your guests feel at home, from decor to the yummy breakfasts you provide. It def. conjures up a “charming” mental atmosphere for me. I’d love to see a book that caters to that.

    My own personal dream? I want to learn french and travel to France one day.

  • Shari Smith at

    I would read your book in a heartbeat! πŸ™‚

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  • Leslie at

    Like some others have said, why couldn’t your book be all 3 themes tied together in a presentation about the B&B. Your crafts, DIY and Design experience in the rehab and decoration, your recipes for the treats you provide and sell. You could also talk about the business end – for the inn talk about the business plan you developed, how you publicized, hospitality hints. For the blog you can talk about the monetization, the syndication, the steps necessary to become a force in the blogosphere. Because, let’s face it, Michael – you’re on your way to being a force πŸ™‚

    Yes, it’s a big book to write but you can just do small pieces of each, holding the main details back for follow-up books on the separate facets. This first book would be a macro view and introduction to you and your style.

  • Jane S. at

    I would read any book you wrote, no doubt about it! I agree with many of the other commenters, a book on hospitality and how to make guests feel very welcome would be a great book, and certainly something that you’re skilled at doing. A cookbook would also be good. The recipes of yours that I’ve tried have all been delicious! πŸ™‚

  • Karen at

    3 1/2 years ago I decided the same thing! I wanted to do a cookbook. And now I have one. It has been such a huge blessing to have my blog/book. You should do a design idea book. I love all your beautiful rooms.

  • Suzanne@Meridian Road at

    Why not all three? “The Innkeepers Guide.” Add everything you do. I’d read it. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Quirky Momma at

    I agree with Suzanne! A book combining all three of your ideas would be brilliant! I would buy it in a heartbeat!

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see that book in a few years!

  • Patricia Bell at

    oh, oh, oh, I love the cookbook “Feasts for all Seasons” by DeGroots, written in the late 60’s updated in the 70’s It would be awesome to see such a format updated for today, if you’ve not read or checked it out please do so, you would be the perfect person for such a project! Let me know if you’d like ideas, I work for free!!

  • sandra at

    A book on Inn Keeping and B & B. How you decorate for your guests, how you make them feel welcome…details. Receipes.

  • Jerusalem Greer at

    Hosting! How to run your home like a B & B when friends come to visit, broken into the four seasons.
    And yes, write a book! I will buy it!

  • MiQuilter at

    I am putting my vote out here for a seasonal decor book with recipes. I love your decorating tips for the things we change up each season. Couple that with seasonal recipes, and general how to be a great host and I’d buy it! I’d even pre-order it and mostly I wait for the paperback versions. πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous at

    You Are the book, Michael! Write yourself! We are waiting!

  • Anonymous at

    You should write a book that is about “One month in a book” of your life owning the b&b and go through different things like good stories from guests and the people you encounter, to the crafts you do to enhance the atmosphere, to the baking and cooking, to your story. That way, you could incorporate a lot of things, but still have a unique feel while telling people about many different aspects that you may want to hit, but doing it with a cohesive feel.

  • barb7802 at

    Subject matter of your book will be as it should be….The things you are passionate about.
    I wish each of us could write the book of “What If”. What you would do differently, if at all and how would you do it. Something the writer would really delve into. And really get the reader talking…to others

  • Anonymous at

    I think it should be about all those things you mentioned, broken down into different sections of the book highlighting each area of your expertise. And with an added section about how to host guests in your home, which I think you’re an expert at as well! I’d buy that book!
    Patti in NYC

  • Geri Johnson at

    Decorating & crafts & recipes for the holidays all in the same book but divide it into 4 books – one book for each season winter, spring, summer & fall. That would be awesome!

  • Sara at

    So I’ve very new as a reader but I love ya already! πŸ™‚ My dream–I’d love to be a newborn/family/lifestyle photographer. No more sitting at desk and typing a ridiculous amount of documents. No more stiff work life. I want some freedom!

    As for your book–gosh, so many ideas would be great. How wonderful would it be if you could write a book sprinkled with recipes, projects, decor? A whole combo. I don’t know if anyone mentioned that. I just read a fellow bloggers book called “White Jacket Required” for Eat,Live,Run blog and it was her story about going through culinary school to learn the industry so she could WRITE about it later–great approach–and the book is sprinkled with recipes and I loved it!

  • Anonymous at

    I follow you on Pinterest, but have never visited your blog; came here just to read this post, and I also read your “About” section … I confess, I wanted to know where your B&B is (I live in NJ). Personally, and as someone who has written and edited a bazillion features/news articles during my life/25-year career, I think whatever theme you choose, it should focus on your combined “urban edge” (from your Philly life) and small-town B&B experiences. That combo, I think, would help set it apart from all the other books with similar themes of decorating, cooking, crafting … IMHO, of course. Good luck!

  • katscst at

    Michael, I would love to see you write a book about the hospitality aspect of your business… I think that has to be one of the most interesting aspects of your current career. Crafts, cooking and all of your other talents are all a part of what you offer to your guests… but I’d like to hear about how YOU feel about offering those things up to them. You put yourself on the line every day with your guests, and I love how you do it with such style. Thanks for all you do for those of us that follow you.

  • Dee at

    Your blog is an absolute joy Michael & I’m sure that whatever you choose, it will be stunning.

    I think a combination of your style will be inspirational.

    I too picked up on this theme via Miss Mustard Seed & did a post on my blog before I saw yours which I have now added as a link because it is inspiration.

    Dee at the Carlton

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