Or even better—happy spring tour.
I’m so happy to be joining my friend Marty again this year (she always puts together the best tours) and sharing all things spring and flowery and new and fresh starty. If you are stopping by from 11 Magnolia Lane welcome—it is a joy to meet you.
But in the spirit of complete transparency as I was looking spring in the eyes and thinking about the tour and realizing that I wasn’t really ready and that I still had Christmas decorations in a basket in the upstairs hallway and planters full of Christmas lights on the front porch…
When did that become a thing?
I wasn’t sure I was ready. I wasn’t sure I was good enough. I wasn’t sure my closets were clean and my towels were folded and my laundry soap was filled enough for pictures. For a split second, I doubted. But then? I pressed pause and reminded myself of these truths.
Life is for the living of it.
Spring is for new beginnings.
House tours are meant to be enjoyed and not stressed over.
And so I thought it might be fun if we toured the house together and talked about life and advice and truths to live by.
Are you ready? Oh, good. Me, too.
I’m all about life truths right now because I’m raising daughters.
It’s one of the hardest mountains you will ever have to climb. Mostly because daughters watch you and look at how you live your life and take notes and let you know you shouldn’t yell at people that stop short at a stop sign.
The other day one of them asked me if I could go back to college, what advice would I give to that girl back then.
I barely remember that person.
She was full of episodes of LA Law and cups of coffee and stirrup pants and blue eyeshadow and big opinions on life. But the question is a valid one. So in the spirit of spring and life and life truths and raising teenage daughters who are listening to your every word….
…here goes nothing.
Twenty-year-old self? Here’s my best advice (and a few pretty house tour pictures to make the advice even sweeter).
1. When you mother offers you your grandmother’s linens and silver and handwritten recipe cards and you hesitate because they aren’t really your style and you think they are old-fashioned and you have no idea what to do with them.
One day you will discover Pinterest.
2. Pay attention in algebra.
3. Keep that prairie skirt and concho belt because what comes around goes around.
Ditto on the black stirrup pants.
4. Sunscreen is your friend.
Right along with cuticle cream, deep conditioner and all the beauty advice your mother gave you.
5. You look amazing.
Size 8 is a wonderful place to be.
All those pictures where you thought you looked like you needed Jenny Craig….ummm….negative.
You will look back at pictures where you tried to hide your tummy behind a couch and realize that you seriously looked like a supermodel.
6. And please, please, please…..marry that sailor.
And one of a kind.
And one day he will hold your hair back when you are so sick during pregnancy and bring you coffee every morning and figure out your geometry for you because you weren’t paying attention and give you a look from across a room that will make your heart skip a beat.
He’s a keeper.
Happy spring friend.
It was fun touring this morning.
I’d love to hear any advice you would give your twenty-year-old self.
I’m crowdsourcing for my next mom-to-daughter conversation.
PS I asked that sailor what he would tell his twenty-year-old self and he said…..
…..”good times ahead.” 🙂
PPS Be sure and stop by the next house on the tour, Clean & Scentsible or any of the other tours below.