Looking back every time I've chosen the more difficult path I was unplugging myself from the universal power of life, I was cutting off an umbilical cord to my creative energy.
The back bedroom started as the previous owners closet. One of the windows was covered up and there were boards nailed to the wall to hang extra clothing, the hard wood floors were covered up by carpet.
I had to paint over lots of purple, and rip out carpet. The process has been long given the fact that I don't have much "spare-time" What ever that is.
This is what the floor looked like after I pulled up the carpet. It will need to be sanded and re-finished, but that will have to be a project for another time. For now I'll enjoy it's character.
I'll need to put up some art and do things to make it cozier, but here is what I'm not left with.
For many years it was a dream of mine to go through the Leadership Greensboro Program. I've always been curious about the program, what participants actually did, what they worked on, the volunteering aspect, the projects that sounded daunting.
Last year I finally begged my boss to let me participate. It's a significant amount of time away from the office as well as a pretty big financial investment for your company if you participate. Luckily I work for an amazing company and have an amazing and supportive manager who financed and approved my participation in the program.
This program is a lot of work, it's not a vacation by any sense of the imagination, it's a true learning experience. You are asked to dig deep, not just show up, but get out of your comfort zone, share and participate. Some of the activities required putting aside personal bias and opinions and opening my mind when I hadn't even realized it had been closed. Leadership Greensboro taught me more about my community, and more about my individual leadership style. As a group we definitely had a lot of fun while going through the program, but the part I loved the most was making new connections. Making new friends fills me up, on the DISC leadership profile I learned that I'm an I. I stands for someone who values relationships above most else (I don't think this is a surprise). I now know 44 more people who are unique, interesting, inspiring, and committed to our city and ready to make a difference.
It was a privilege to participate in the program here in Greensboro. If you are in Greensboro I highly recommend it. If you are in another city contact your chamber of commerce to see if you have a program like it, it's well worth the time and energy!
This weekend I was reminded what a lucky lady I am. If you read my post Friday Raised Beds or my post yesterday Kitchen Before and After you know that my parents were here helping me with the new house. I don't take it for granted that my parents are incredible. How many people have parents that would make a 10 hour drive through the night to come help with a weekend full of work? I'm completely grateful. It's not lost on me just how lucky and blessed I am. Here is a quick recap of just how awesome my parents are.
My dad brought a ton of tools because he didn't know what we'd need,
We got straight to work,
My mom is a very hard worker too!
I couldn't let them do everything!
The two of them make a good team!
They wouldn't let me put my table together, they had too much fun doing it.
On this meaningful Monday take stock of the amazing people you have in your life. I'm grateful for the ones in my life.
I was overly ambitious for my parent's visit this weekend. I thought we might be able to get the raised bed in, kitchen done and paint my bedroom, but that would have been too much. We did get the raised bed done, the kitchen repainted, put in a rose-bush, picked up a compost barrel, picked up a couch, and a dining room table and got them put together.
Here are the pictures of the Kitchen,
That's the bright happy new kitchen. I'm in love with the colors. The hardware looks great and I'm enjoying it throughly. I can't wait to start hosting parties. It was certainly fun to cook in my own kitchen for my parents this past weekend. There is no way I could have gotten everything done without them. I'm a lucky gal to have such wonderful and supportive parents!
Maybe I'll do the bedroom next weekend, anyone want to come help me paint?
Happy Sunday Friends, -Ish