I now have a strict No Visitors rule while the worst of the renovations are happening. Why? Because people can tend to be...helpful with their advice. It can go from, "You have a little bit of work to do" to "I can't believe you bought this dump." Not a pretty scenario I assure you.
I have big dreams for this house, but I also have fears. I don't want to fall into second guessing my choices and moving straight into paralysis of failure. Some people love creative criticism and they just can't help themselves, bless their hearts. I admit, there are some real messes in this house and I'd be hard pressed not to have a prejudiced view even after the renovation is done. So if there's a big spot on the wall, some people will never be able to see past it, no matter how many times you paint over it. Get what I'm sayin?
Most people understand, some don't. I've bruised a few feelings by forbidding any early looks. In the long run it has to be done. For my sanity.
I don't mind telling my story and sharing pictures, when I'm ready. That's my advice: Keep it to yourself till you're really ready to share. Keep your dreams and visions and you'll keep your motivation to finish.