For those afraid to start living again after crisis mode.

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Ever hear of the phrase, “It’s always easier giving advice, rather than taking it.”? Well, I needed advice. So I wrote myself a Dear Abby styled letter. And then I answered it with an accumulation of advice I received from a course and therapy. I truly hope it helps anyone that needs it! Here goes… . […]

Ditching stress through the art of doing fun stuff.

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Being that I bike ride nearly every evening, you’d think I’d see the same things each day while on the same trail. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Through a ‘mindful’ course I’ve been taking, it’s really taught me to focus on something specific. And this special trait has me seeing the bike trail in […]

Have faith! The best is yet to come.

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When I use to go camping back in the day, a new batch of books from the thrift store generally came along for the ride. Reading at bedtime or on the beach is a fav thing to do when I’m out in vacay land. The escape is like a holiday within a holiday! Especially if […]

When one simple thing gets published

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It never gets old, friends. I was over the moon DELIGHTED when Somerset Home desired to publish my funky little potting shed sign on the shed. Life sure has a funny way of working itself out. A little behind the scenes mentality… This project started out as a means of introducing some garden themed stencils to […]

The freedom of relinquishing, while purging a past life

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In my ongoing quest to clean up this place, (which I’m now convinced will really NEEEEVER be over… how DO you do it, clean people?!) I gave myself a mantra. I’m going to get rid or sell something once a week. For me, getting rid of something for good is harder than gutting a room, then […]

4 tips on making the right decisions

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If you are anything like me, you struggle daily with unanswered questions. To make matters even more interesting, I’m an over thinker type. If I get overwhelmed with a tricky situation or worse, if given OPTIONS (oh, the death of me!), I tend to walk away from it, rather than make a snap decision. Good […]

When the water said, “Finish the house.”

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Could you imagine flying all the way to some dream travel location, then unpacking to a condo that had unfinished floors, or half done trim? Your first thought would probably be… “Wow, did they not respect me enough to provide me with a pretty place? So…. once I got home, slowly but surely, my eyes started darting […]

When a hobby grows up

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I received some rather exciting news in my email today. But you know it’s good for a story attached, yes?! Sawhorse pallet wood blog office desk As many of you know, my little blog started out of need. I was broke at the time, and just fired up a blog in order to showcase the […]

Thirsting after the right water – DJM8

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For the first time in a long time, my son wasn’t with me on this given weekend. When that happens, something in me changes. I no longer have to hover. Dictate. Worry. Decide. Constantly cook. My duties as a parent are relaxed… which then puts the short term focus on me. A different me emerges. Probably because it’s […]

Journal 2 – yoyo living teamed up with sunset downtime

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I never was very good with a yoyo. As a kid, I tried to buy the best one out there, in hopes that I would become an overnight sensation. I remember the feeling of holding a ‘good one’. Even the colour was prettier, graphics more advanced! All this held great promise of course. Good gear helps, but […]