Random thoughts on a chilly house-bound Saturday morning:
In the spirit of complete transparency, Thursday was a rough day. I am a glass-half-full type of person and I never met a cloud that I didn’t look for the silver lining in and I search in earnest to find the ray of sunshine on every dark day.
Even I have my limits.
And Thursday? Thursday it all started to overwhelm me and I sat in a chair in the middle of my room with an incredible feeling of loss and sadness and helplessness. I wanted to cry. I wanted to run away from my feelings. I wanted to go all Scarlett O’Hara and shake my fist full of dirt at the sky. Truth? It was rough.
I could not take it one more second.
My soul wouldn’t let me.
So I made changes. Changes for the good. Changes to help me. Changes to refocus my mind and my heart.
And here’s what I did:
- I turned off the news. I have limited my news-watching to one hour in the morning.
- I got more sunshine. I went outside and turned my face to the sky and felt the world shine around me as it showed up with spring in its pocket.
- I poured into the people around me. I laughed more at silly things and listened to more hearts and shared more wisdom and encouraged more creativity.
- I prayed. I prayed for all of you. I prayed for everyone who has sent me requests. I prayed for our country. I prayed for small business owners. I prayed for peace and wisdom.
- And lastly? I listened to the birds. I know this seems silly, but are you listening to the birds? They don’t worry. They don’t fret. They don’t have a care.
Those birds are chirping away as if spring is coming.
Which it is.
And now? I’m back. I’m filled up. I’m looking for silver linings again. Why did I tell you all this?
Because you are my friend. And I’m here for you. Truly. I’m here to talk or to listen or to pray for you or to help in any way that I can. If you need to talk? Message me. If you need a craft to distract you? I’m here. If you need prayer? Let me know. If you have a small business that needs supporting? I’m here to help you shout it out. If you need pretty house pictures and simple decorating ideas you can do from home to help make your world a little brighter? I’m your girl.
I. AM. HERE.
Together we can.
Together we will.
And now? Speaking of distractions? Grab a refreshment and join me for these links.
They are amazing.
Just like you.
The beautiful spring arrangement.
Why have I never thought to make a nest before?
Love this idea of using grasscloth where the glass was.
And the gold feet?
See the entire makeover here.
This is a great post about 34 things you can do at home.
#4 was my favorite.
Did you know there’s an app that you can use to find recipes for things that are already in your pantry?
But we didn’t need to. Leslie found it for us. See the app and the recipe ideas here.
And in random news this week:
This living room
This clever DIY
These inspiring playlists
This mirror wall
This before and after bedroom (such a great idea for the walls)
This pretty dining room
What to substitute for what when you don’t have an ingredient
And this? What do you think of this design trend?
I can’t decide.
And one more for the road
Here’s a wreath you can make today with twigs from your yard.
(If you don’t have the circle wreath form, just cut one out of cardboard and paint it white.)
PS If you have a small business or a blog, I’ve created a group on Facebook to help support and encourage you.
PPS In the spirit of supporting small businesses, Antique Candle Company is having a giant sale of 25% off their entire site through today. You can also enter the code CANDLELOVE for an additional 10% off.
(please note that affiliate links are used on this post)