It’s the last day of February and I have had a busy month!
I don’t know if I told you but I started working part time last September. It has been so good for me to be busy and interacting more with people. Even though I don’t consider myself an extrovert, I feel much happier being among people.
I’m pretty sure it was that whole year at home that made me appreciate having a place to be. I am a homebody through and through.
While I have been adjusting to and learning at my new job I have also made some changes here at home. This room has been a breakfast nook, TV room and … what else? I can’t actually remember all the ways it’s been set up but here it is after the big furniture switch that I talked about in my last post.
I had a bunch of art and mirrors sitting in our napping room (need to share) that had no home. This wallpaper is not really what I want in here now but I also don’t feel like taking it down and painting at the moment. So I just used what I had to create another gallery wall.
Since it’s February, the month my mom passed away in 2018 (story HERE) I wanted to give you a little update on my journey with losing my mom. It’s been four years now. Can you believe it? It feels like forever since I’ve seen or talked with her, however, I can honestly say after all my reading, soul searching and deep thought, prayer and faith – I am at peace! (read more of my journey in this post)
I didn’t think this feeling would ever come or was even possible. I recognize now that death is part of life and we grow so much after enduring hard things.
If you are grieving, have hope that you will eventually feel peace. It’s still hard, sad and I miss my mom every single day but I allowed myself to have an open mind to what this life is about. I opened my mind to possibilities that I hadn’t considered before. By reading book after book and rereading the ones that helped the most, I have finally reached a point where I feel joy.
I share this today because I’ve shared this sad journey before and it’s different now. I’m actually proud of myself. Life is never without some kind of hardship but in so many ways it’s just part of growing.
This is the year I turn 50 years old. How can that be? Well, I am embracing it. I told someone recently that I enjoy being older because of the peace and understanding that I would never trade for youth. Finding joy is the actual goal and the gift.
While I am mentally in a better place, life is still throwing curve balls. Raising adult children poses a lot of different emotions and worries. Peace in my heart gives me hope and confidence to trust the process.
I don’t want to get too off on a tangent but I had to share that.
I also had to share this funky little room.
I plan on taking that wall paper down and painting it Urbane Bronze to match the wainscoting. This dining table is from Habitat for Humanity. It was $160. I gave it a few coats of black paint. The chairs are new from our Pottery Barn Outlet here in Virginia. Aren’t they beautiful?
The round table is a better fit for this room and it’s more practical for our family. Also, I like the way we all see one another & converse around the table for family dinners.
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I am looking forward to spring. The sun this morning was encouraging. All of my plants are loving the sun they get here each morning and I am here to notice the little things.
I hope you are all doing well in your life. Have hope! I can assure you that I have been in very, very low places that I thought would be the end of me. It wasn’t! There is light inside me once again – stronger, brighter, smarter but different.
Having a bit of unconditional love by your side is very helpful.
Enjoy this week, my friends. Enjoy something small in every day – even when it’s dark.
I’m sending you each a little love and prayer for peace for I know we are all doing hard things.
Much love and hugs,