Thursday, February 18, 2016

Expanding our Comfort Zone

Last night I took my daughter to a tumbling class at a new gym. She had been wanting to take a tumbling class to work on her skills for cheer leading, which she just started last fall. She loves to cheer and seeing her out there Saturday after Saturday was such a delight to us. I truly enjoyed it.

She is only 10 and has done a little gymnastics and dance, but no hardcore tumbling, so she is by no means solid in the activities. 

On top of having to get used to learning the new skills came also the new place and getting to know and get comfortable with brand new coaches and kids. Her somewhat cautious and shy nature when getting to know new people did that she really had to force herself to expand her comfort zone a bit.

She did just great.

As I sat there and watched her every move, I felt all the same emotions that I knew she felt every time she had to meet a new person, talk to a new coach or try a new skill that she was not super solid in. I knew how much courage she had to muster, how much trust she had to put into these new people around her and what the butterflies must have felt like. I felt it all just like she did. I know it is not that easy.

I struggle with those same feelings just like her. Usually it also involves getting to know new people and putting myself out there. Once I break the ice I am just fine, it's just that initial feeling of 

... what if ...

I try to sprinkle in little moments each day to make it easier to tackle larger and more uncomfortable issues. I hope by seeing me do this, I can teach her to expand her own comfort zone too.

I know one thing for sure, I learned a whole lot from watching my girl last night. So proud.

Another breathtaking sunrise this morning.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Morning Sunrise

My bathroom is on the side of the house that faces east and it has just a tiny little window, but enough for me to see the sunrise in the morning. 

The way I have my morning routine set up I am always in the bathroom getting ready when the sun comes up, so each morning I get to see the Lord's splendor. I always capture it and remember the vivid colors in my minds eye, but the small camera I have, does not quite do the colors or the experience justice.

Yesterday was one of those mornings where the whole sky was lit up in bright red and golden colors. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I wish I could pause that moment and take it out and look at it when I feel down or sad. What better medicine or mood booster can you possibly get than this.

Have a blessed day.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Looking back..

I have spent some time lately looking back to when I started this blog and what my reasons and ideas were for starting my own blog. 

.... Wow, I had forgotten!

Forgotten the innocence of what it means to put myself and my writing out there and all the ideas I had for creating cozy spaces and atmospheres in my home. 

In 2009, when I first started this blog, we were fairly new homeowners. We had owned our home for almost a year and a half and I loved it. It was a big home in the country, but it needed some work. A few major repairs were needed and cosmetically we also needed to do a few things to it on the inside. 
Little did we know that two years later we would end up selling simply because we could not manage two and a half acres and the major repairs needed to make it just right. A emotional part of me still regrets the decision to sell, but the rational part of me knows that it was the best decision we could have made at the time.

Fast forward 7 years and here we are. Lots of things have happened since we sold our home. We are still in the same area, and still in the family home we moved into after we sold. We are renting it while trying to save up to buy our own home again. This time we know a little bit more about what type of home we would like. What type of space we would need and like. What it would take for us to buy and what we can  manage to keep up with our jobs and activities.

Learning is good. We needed to go through this learning process to get where we are now.

Meanwhile, I want to dive back into my initial mission of feeding my passion of "Creating a Cozy Home" with what I currently have. No need for a new blog, which I did consider. No need for a new home right this minute. It's all about looking at my currently situation and working with that. 

I forget so often to count my blessings.

Happy Monday,


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What is the Good Life?

Last week I came across a blog and website by Ruth Soukup called "Living Well Spending Less". Here is a link to her website:

I have not had a chance to read the blog as closely as I would like yet, but I am still intrigued by it. Ruth actually wrote a book called "Living Well Spending Less" that I can't wait to get my hand on. She also crafted a 12 week challenge based on the book. I started getting the little daily challenges last week, but have not actually had the chance to sit down and work on them until yesterday. The first challenge question was:

What is the Good Life?

I know, Big Question right?

Well, it made me think about things I used to love to do and but no longer have the time for, or that have just gone by the wayside. Likewise, things I would like to include in my life, but don't feel I have time to; and last but not least things what is important to me. 

It made me sit down with pen and paper and brainstorm. 

I  really thought about ... What the Good Life means to me? ... What is missing? ... What might need to go?

What I came up with evolved around three major areas for me.

1. My relationship with the Lord!

2. My family relationships

3. A passionate and meaningful professional life.

What about you? What does the Good Life mean to you?


Monday, October 12, 2015

Thank you ...

I woke this morning with my clothes almost clinging to my body. You would think in the middle of October that the cool breeze and fresh morning air would be welcomed through an open door or window each morning, but  instead I turned turned the temperature down on the air conditioning to fill our house with cooler air.

I just love fall.

I long for the leaves to start falling and for the cooler air.....but the warmth of summer seems hard to kick this year.

The beginning of fall has proved much more challenging this year than usual. My dear husband tore his Achilles tendon a few weeks ago and aside from him being hurt and needing extra care and help, it has brought on its own challenges. For the first time since I was single, I have had to do absolutely everything in the household, but this time also with a child and a spouse that needs extra care. So far it has made me realize how much my husband really does around the house. Even if I thought that was not the case.

Things I just took for granted!

I am learning quickly that while I might have thought I was doing a lot, I don't actually do everything around the house.

Thank you honey, for all you do!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring is here

Happy Friday everyone and also welcome to April.

It has been a really long time since I last blogged and I miss it. I used to keep a journal and was a very diligent writer, but it has faded a little bit. Just getting busier with family, work, my business and other things. I forget to take time for things that bring me joy. Writing is one of those.

As winter is fading and spring is approaching I am getting the urge to declutter, update my home and get rid of the overflow. Almost every room in my house needs some sort of updating. The house is already old and in some places in dire need of updates, but I will have to do it room by room and as we can afford.

I love the French farmhouse and cottage styles with a few rustic pieces mixed with classic furniture. I do not have a lot of pieces in my home like that, but I have a few pieces that I would like to be able to mix with newer finds or pieces that I can redo in my own home.

Below is a picture of a mirror that a friend gave me a few years back. What I love about this piece is that it's rustic frame. I'd love to spruce it up a bit with a wreath in some greenery or maybe even give it a whitewash.

The barbwire wreath below is one of my favorite pieces. I saw some similar wreaths at a craft fair a few years back where a friends of mine and I had a booth with our cosmetics and skincare. My friend surprised me for Christmas with this wreath that she had made. The star in the middle is not part of the wreath but was just added for Christmas. I would like to first of all rehang the wreath and also add a but more burlap.
I have two of the lamps below and they will need new frames. One of the frames broke, so I want to replace both of them. I actually bought these lamps at Walmart a few years back and really like them a lot. They were very inexpensive. I love the simple cream colored stand and would like to keep that.

In my next posts I hope to bring a few updates on what I get accomplished in my home. I am very exited to start my "spring beautification and declutter process.

Happy Easter.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Happy Wednesday.

Have you encouraged anyone today? Have you told someone that they are beautiful? That the goal they are working toward will happen as long as they keep their head in the game? Have you encouraged the face in the mirror this morning?

During his sermon on Sunday our pastor gave us the challenge to encourage someone each day. He gave us a few other small challenges for the new year, but this one really struck a cord with me. I love it. I want to do that. I wrote the first note yesterday and it's going out to an old friend today.

A few years back I read the book "A Simple Act of Gratitude" by John Kralik. It was fantastic. The way his life changed because he wrote 365 thank you notes was amazing. It is kind of the same with the encouragement challenge. I believe it will have a huge impact if we truly embrace it.

Who is with me in doing an encouragement or gratitude challenge or both?

Have a blessed day.