I know what you're thinking.
There are probably a million reasons that we all love JoJo. However, to list them all, I would need to write a book, not an article! If you've ever watched this couple's show on HGTV " Fixer Upper " you know how easy it is to fall in love with this woman, and her whole family. The Gaineses have taken the design world by storm. It's quite inspiring to think that they themselves have only been at this " fixer upper " game for a short while. I cannot tell you how many times I've asked my husband if we could just move to Waco. He thinks I'm kidding. I assure you I am not. I'm not creepy, I just think Joanna would be my best friend. Ok. I digress. Here are just a few of the reasons this woman is my spirit animal.
1. Her love for her husband.
I love my husband so much, and want to spend as much time as I can with him, but we have done many home projects together, and there may have been one or two spats that resulted from them. I think that home reno activities strengthen and test a marriage. The way Joanna and Chip interact together, shows they don't miss a beat. They are playful, and sincere. I think that's a huge reason why people fell for her. They are real, and real relationships that last, don't take themselves too seriously. I'm sure they have had their disagreements too, and I'm sure you can edit anything out of a show, but I LOVE that they don't need drama on their show. They can just be their wonderful selves. It's so refreshing to have a show that encourages marriages, and puts them first.
2. Her love for her kids.
I admire that no matter what is going on, the kids are able to be involved. They bring her desserts while she stages the fixer uppers, they help out at home with the animals. She teaches them wonderful core values so they realize what things come from a day's hard work. I think it speaks volumes that their kids still want to spend time with them and take on the family business one day. All their adventures and quality time together, makes me adore Jo that much more.
3. Her style.
I know. Quite obvious! I love, love, LOVE that she never went to school for this. Not because I don't think school is important, but because it shows it's never too late to go after your dreams. I think some people are just born with gifts that come from God. They need no teaching because they go to the beat of their own drum, and I think we can all agree, JoJo's drumming is spectacular. She NEVER misses a beat.
4. That perfection does not equal a happy home.
The moment I knew I had fallen in love with her was when she said she used to be so focused on a clean and perfect home. She said she realized it was in fact hurting her kids and that they did not function their best in a home that only allowed order and tidiness. I mean, how true is that? I find myself going through Pinterest and Instagram and thinking, all these people have gorgeous homes and everything is amazing. All. The. Time. While it's great to be clean, there's a difference between perfection, and organization. I do think kids function better when their spaces are clean, but if they're never allowed to make messes, then where's the magic? I feel like half of your childhood making messes. And don't we remember the times our mom let us make big messes? Or have a say in how we get to decorate our room? Some of my best memories.
5. She taught us how to be intentional with our
I am completely overusing the word " love " here, but alas, I love that she says it's ok to go with your gut. If you love a piece, even if no one else does, then it doesn't matter, use it, stand behind it, embrace it. Once you get this into your mind is so much easier to look at other people's beauty, whether that's physical or someone's home, and see it for that, and not feel inadequate about your own beauty, and your own home. It allows you to create your home in such a way that it feels like a safe sanctuary. If you only keep the pieces you love, then that's the only thing you're surrounded by.
After talking about all of that, I think I need to go binge watch Fixer Upper, and maybe start one or five DIY projects. Whether it's her adorable wardrobe, her fabulous store, her sweet personality, or all of the above, I think it's safe to say we found ourselves America's new sweetheart, and I hope Waco, Texas has enough barndoniums, and homes to redo so she never leaves us.