February 28, 2013

our little home : before & after

I know I should have a really impressive update to make up for my silence this past week...
and oh, do I have one!
In the past week (yes, you heard me), I flew to CA to interview for my new *dream* job (more details later!), look for new places for us to live (well I saw several, but am really just trying to find one),  Dan got an offer for his sweet new job (details, later!), got our house ready to sell, and prepared the listing to go "live" at midnight, tonight!
Yes, I am overflowing with excitement. No, I have not stopped to breathe.
I wish I could just have coffee or cocktails or really, rent out an entire bar with all of you so I could just spill all the juicy details (thank you to the sweet friends who have listened patiently as I've done just that over the past few days), but I have to remind myself to take things one day at a time...
 So I thought that this was the perfect time for a fun Before & After tour of our condo, summing up the past four years worth of hard work, paint,  blood, sweat, and tears, and countless trips to Home Depot... 
 Come on in!

Kitchen

Before: 


After:




New counters, backsplash, sink/faucet, fridge, microwave, paint, shelving, & lighting

Living Room

Before:




After:



New lighting, paint, crown molding, furniture (same massive red couch)


Dining Room

Before:




After: 



New lighting, paint, refinished staircase & molding, carpet, windows, window treatments

Bedroom:

Before:




After:



New paint, lighting, windows, crown molding, bedding


Bathroom:

Before:



After:



New vanity, sink, faucet, mirror, lighting, paint, window, tub, tile, shower head


Guest Bedroom/ Office

Before:



After:



New carpet, paint, lighting, furniture, window treatments


Landscaping & Exterior

Before:






After:





New roof! gutters, sprinklers, flagstone, deck (face-lift), lighting, electrical outlets, porch lights, grass, planters, plants, fence, removed: 4 scraggly trees, 1 massive tree that grew into the house, years of dead ivy, ugly teal flower boxes from deck, old lights, and misc. carcasses. truth. 



...Now come buy it!

(for you, special price.)


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February 18, 2013

Currently...

Listening... to the washing machine, contractors renovating the house across the street, the wind.
Looking... at the tree tops, white puffy clouds, a sleeping cat curled up in the sun.
Waiting... for this weekend, good news, fateful meetings, new beginnings.
Praying... for peace, unity, encouragement, guidance.
Eating... lunch with a fabulous friend at Watercourse Foods this afternoon!
Drinking... kale smoothies like they are milkshakes (weirdo!), moscow mules til midnight.
Dreaming... about a fresh start! our lives a few years from now. 
Laughing... at pretty much anything our pets do, this 'article', Ellen. 
Longing... to live the life my Pinterest thinks I should (ha!)
Craving... the ocean, time with family, visiting friends, green grass, relaxation.
Having... a hard time staying in the moment, too-easy-of-a-time de-cluttering our house. 
Happy Monday!
 Go kiss a president
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February 13, 2013

I enjoy life (and help others do the same)

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"What do you do?"

The short, relatively harmless, exhaustingly common question that can shatter an ego and send self-confidence running for cover. At least it always did for me. But I vow that not now, nor at any arbitrary point in the future, will I allow this simple, shallow question to perform its charade of power and influence over my life. 
The thing about this question is that people are expecting a particular answer; one filled with nouns and adjectives, not verbs as "do" itself may suggest. The question-asker is 'just being polite', albeit nosey as it may seem, trying to stir up conversation and common interests with a stranger. But I would argue that as humans in general, we have thousands of commonalities and only very rarely does one's specific job title or description find a match. Yet that's one of the first things we want to know upon meeting someone new. 
We could argue it's because we spend so much of our time doing this particular thing; it's our livelihood and a bare necessity, and in theory it's something we have worked hard to achieve and base plans for the future on. However, we spend roughly the same amount of time each day asleep, and roughly an equal amount with our families, friends, eating, driving, practicing hobbies, sitting at the computer, or in front of the tv. But who cares about those things? Those aren't things that quite define you like your job title, or place of employment, or salary- ironically, all of which are things created and distributed by someone else. 

I am so. over. that. 

I sat at my desk yesterday, anticipating the pending conversation with my supervisor that would involve me saying out loud plans, dates, and details about a future that wouldn't involve my current job. And I looked around the room at people I have seen on nearly a daily basis for six months and realized I couldn't tell you much about most of them. I knew their title, how long they had been at the job, and what projects they are currently managing but I couldn't tell you their favorite food, their children's names, if they are married, widowed, or divorced. I couldn't tell you where they were born or what their favorite subject was in school. And as an irreparable people-person, this devastated me. 
Looking forward, preparing ourselves for a new city, new friends, new work places, new hobbies, it's likely we will be asked this question frequently. And I simply want to have a really good answer; one that will catch people off guard, direct the conversation in a more meaningful way. Our counselor gave me an awesome example that he says he has always 'wanted to use', just to see people's reactions:  

What do I do?  Well, I enjoy life and help others do the same.
Now that's a conversation I want to have!  
What is your answer?
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February 08, 2013

ask for a flood


A few nights ago, Dan and I were catching up on a few old episodes on Shark Tank (watch it) on our DVR. When the last episode was over, it switched back to the station it had previously been on. I can't even tell you what channel that was, why it was on, or what time it was, but at that very moment, Joel Osteen's show (uh, church service) came on. And we didn't change the channel.

Dan and I exchanged some awkward glances, waiting to see who was going to make the move toward the remote first. But we just sat there and watched, and listened. He started talking about how God's blessings come as a flood, not as a trickle, as we so often anticipate. When we ask for small answers, we expect small results. But God doesn't work like a sink faucet, and sometimes his blessing can hit us like a tsunami. 

We have never watched a sermon on TV and just the reputation of some televangelical preachers has been enough to make us scoff, but for some strange reason that night, we just kept listening. Then two days ago, we started to feel our dam walls bursting, just a little, sensing that the flood of blessings being held back on the other side was rushing towards us. 

I wish I could share more specifics, but that is the tug-and-pull of this process of patiently waiting. It is going to be a great day when I can just jump on here and fill you in on the past few months like one long, juicy, slumber party gossip session, about myself. 

But I will say this: do not be afraid to ask, seek, expect, a flood of God's blessings but mercy, 
you better be prepared to swim!



Happy Friday, friendlies


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February 06, 2013

inspiration: seventeen

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"Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.”

Timothy Ferriss
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