Welcome to a little life update on recent changes in our lives, what’s next and more!
I’ve been meaning to write a personal life update post for a very long time. But each time I write one then go to press send, I’ve hesitated.
So consider this my 8th attempt!
Because now I’m feeling a little more ready to share a little behind the scenes on what’s been transpiring lately.
It’s been awhile since I’ve connected with you this way. Too long in my opinion! And I’ve missed sharing a little more deeply. So today’s that day to share what’s been going on in this life update.
My son moved back home
Ever since my son moved out approx 6 years ago, I’ve felt unsettled, as in, ‘my son isn’t where he ought to be’ kind of feeling. I felt he left too soon and I didn’t get a chance to guide him into adulthood.
Life carried on, and there were lots of things I did enjoy about becoming an empty nester, but there was always this something that was missing. An unrest if you will.
However he’s now returned home. For how long I don’t know. But now that he is home, it’s like my inner soul has been topped up once again and we have been taking off where we left off years ago.
Just know how good this is, because it’s so SO good!
However, over the past while, you may have noticed a lack of home decor projects. Here’s why…
Imagine being given an assignment that needs your total attention, concentration and the highest level of creativity possible. But the room around you is so noisy. Lots of chatter, quick decisions, and constant runs into town that push away those quiet, creative moments. “I’ll get to it later.” But later didn’t come because something else topped the list. Constantly.
That has been this summer. It’s been a summer of adjustment, getting acquainted and discovering our new normal again.
So I had to give myself permission to just live. Because this season is really the most important DIY season of them all. This is a GOOD thing. It’s just different.
Where’s the home decor projects lately?
Have you noticed a rise in just DIY link party posts?
It’s not your imagination. My own DIY projects slowed right down.
One reason is, I need my home as a staging backdrop, but my home hasn’t been tidy enough to take photos of for the past 2 months! It was just needed for real life in a big way. So I relaxed the pressure to perform, and we just did what we needed to do… live in our home the way people who don’t photograph theirs for the public do.
It was a pleasant break from perfection. And by perfection, I mean, before the shot only. Because as soon as the camera clicks, clutter piles roll back into view and we are yet again living our best relaxed lives.
Now that we are finally getting settled into a routine of sorts, I feel like my old self is starting to emerge again. I can apply my energy to being creative again, to keep up with some corners of the house to shoot (LOL) and just get back into the swing of things again.
My only regret is that I was hard on myself when I wasn’t creating. What I’d like to tell my previous self is, “Take the time to live. Your house will not fall over if you kick back a little!”
And it’s still standing, so there’s that. Take that, life update!
Other summer projects and finds:
However, here’s a few summer projects and posts you may have missed…
How our summer went
We BC west coasters are a little spoiled, because we rarely break out into a sweat where our weather is concerned. However I feel that due to changing climate, this is changing. We now appear to get real summers that require central air. Or, in my house anyway.
Unlike last year where we were hit with one big heat dome, we had a series of heat waves which really shut things down for me. It was too hot outdoors, yet it was too hot to work or decorate indoors, so what does one do?
They flick on the window air conditioner in the bedroom, and get through the hottest periods with Netflix on the bedroom TV!
We also rediscovered our local lake and of course, there’s always the river (and trails) just down the road from us to enjoy. But for the most part, we just wanted to stay OUT of the heat. I enjoy heat but it’s more fun when you are travelling in Maui, know what I mean?
The blessing of a declining budget
Something else transpired during this time and that was a declining budget. Actually, it transpired before. But now I know why.
I know a tighter budget was meant to be, because if that hadn’t transpired, I wouldn’t have been able to teach my son how to budget to the fullest extend. We would have just kept buying everything we need, and doing whatever we wanted to do.
Try going into town for a 30 min drive for one thing and not stopping for a quick lunch although you were hungry. If it wasn’t in the budget, we drove home and ate there instead.
This new budget thing is hard, but a massive blessing all the same! It taught us both how to really pull back on the non essential stuff which will only help us in the future I’m sure.
However, a tighter budget also redirects your life that feel too restrictive. Now that the fog is clearing, it’s time to get going again with lessons well learned.
Thoughts on moving still?
I’ve written a few times over on this push (or desire?) to move, renovate or both. But for years, this wall of indecision kept building, getting in my way.
So I’ve basically done nothing about it.
And I NOW see why. I needed this special season to stay put and not do anything new, because my time would ultimately be needed for rest, recuperation, and growth.
When you choose to become a DIY blogger, your work tends to dictate that you work on something so you have something to share. Trust me, there’s plenty of house updating to do because I’ve lived here so long, it’s time to update again! How many bloggers get to say that? haha
While moving is still in my dreamy future, I don’t know what we need yet or where to go. But it’s still a yearning so I’ll continue to work at finishing the house then it’ll at least be ready to sell when we are ready and see a clearer path ahead if a move is meant to be.
However the longer I stay here, the more I realize we have everything we need. I often visit open houses but have always come home grateful to have what we do.
And our current needs over this past while have proven yet again, we ARE home. Or at least for now.
Is travel in the picture?
Goodness I miss big scale travel!
But I think it would benefit us more to travel locally a little more because perhaps our new home-to-be is located somewhere we haven’t yet visited. So as soon as the budget allows, I’d love to visit Vancouver Island or other neighbouring areas and take you along for some new adventures.
Our Canadian travel world has been quite messy lately anyway with jammed airports and I didn’t have the desire to deal with that. I’ll take my travel leisure-style and to just happen as we expect it to, so I’m good with a little extra waiting.
I did peek through a few local VRBO listings though just for fun! And will continue to do so but they are all so expensive, so I’ve resisted.
However, travel needs a healthy budget as well, so I know it’s just not our travel season quite yet.
There’s also comfort in knowing you can’t go even if you want to, because at least that decision has been made.
I’ll take my son moving home vs. travel any day anyway. So I am GOOD!
Still bike riding?
My son and I did start a nice new habit together though, and that’s biking the roads together.
You may remember this story of visiting my childhood home we did together way back.
However my son no longer had a bike nor the budget to get a new one, so I put a call out to a local place that fixes used bikes and gifts them to those who need one. We were the very fortunate recipients of the perfect bike my son adores, so now we can get out there in a moment’s notice anytime desired!
He prefers biking on roads though, so I escape to my own preferred nature trails when I can.
I haven’t been sharing bike posts on the blog any longer because I broke my fav point and shoot camera I used for quality outdoor photos. It took much nicer pics than a phone does so I hope to replace it one day soon again once budget allows. I really, really miss it!
Any new finds or projects?
You know me… I can’t pass up a good find on the side of the road! So yes, there have been a few new freebie finds over the summer! I’ve collected lots, but have also given away lots without doing anything to the finds because of lack of space and diminishing desire.
But some I have kept. In fact, I have this amazing wooden antique chair that I haven’t even shown you yet!
And another more recent find was this tall skinny dresser I flipped into a plant stand, and ultimately created a new stencil to use on it.
Awhile back I also landed the perfect picnic table I now have sitting on the patio. It really suits this space and doubles as a grill stand as well!
I don’t have a post on this so you’ve seen it here first right here, right now.
And remember the nesting box potting bench? What a yard statement this makes!
However as soon as I finished up this photo shoot, we started getting one heatwave after another. So I tossed out the notion that I’d actually keep all these plants alive in a spot with no water hose in sight… heh…
… and placed all the plants onto the patio instead where I do hang out. All. The. Time.
Plants sure love this covered patio! And so do I. It’s my little escape where I start each morning with my coffee and journal writing.
Journaling really keeps my head on straight during times that are filled with constant change and juggling. THIS is how I get back on track.
And my son and I also landed a cheap used IKEA sofa for his room, so one day I may share some updates in his space again as well. As soon as he cleans it maybe…
Are you still designing new stencils?
When life got busy, I put down all my designing tools, which included my creativity to develop new stencil designs.
As I dabbled on summer projects, there was the odd new stencil I released to chime in with a project, such as Vent Holes, as well as Botanical Flowers and Plants, along with the 4 camping series stencils.
So yeah… stencils are still in the picture, and of course, I could create forever with what stencils there already are. However I also know the value of adding to the collection so there’s always something new and interesting to check out. So I’ll be in that saddle again very soon!
Any suggestions? I’d love to hear.
Other upcoming projects and plans
A potential move (to a cabin on a lake in a forest! Ha!)
More travel! To Scotland, Ireland, England for the first time would be nice.
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Life is such a mysterious meander. Time and circumstances change us, yet we tend to dig in our heels and resist change because it’s uncomfortable. Different is new. New is challenging. Challenging is more work.
So I’m resigning to not put pressure on myself to figure it all out in a day. We have gone through lots of life update changes, and it’s a given that we’d need time to walk through this special season with hope, promise and a willingness to change.
And now that you know about this new season, you know where I am… and why. Thanks for joining me on this little life update!
Because your visits, comments, shares, fellowship on social media and any affiliate or stencil purchases mean the world to me, AND ultimately help keep food on our table too.
Thank-you for your patience, and waiting for me until I’m back at full speed once again doing whatever I’m told to do by the Big Guy Upstairs!
Because He’s ultimately in charge after all…
Have any other questions I may have missed in this now very long life update? Fire away! I’d love to hear from you and what you’re up to as well! It’s been too long. How are YOU?