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Truly

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know that normally on Tuesdays I post a room that I find inspiring. You’ll also know that I haven’t posted a Totally Inspiring Room or any other posts for something like a month now. You might also know that I go through short spells of burnout in which I post nothing… but I haven’t gone this long between posts since I first started my blog.

While I won’t get into specifics, I will say that I got thrown a curve that nearly derailed me permanently, the kind that makes you want to throw in the towel and admit you’re beaten… So, I stepped away from this blog for a really long moment in order to assess if I still wanted to continue down the path that, to my mind anyway, this blog stands as an outpost for. Honestly, as of a few days ago, I still hadn’t made up my mind. Everything in my life felt as if it was going crushingly wrong. I couldn’t muster up the energy to fight back…

And then… As crazy as this sounds, I was in my living room playing music, listening to some things I hadn’t listened to for a couple of years and this song came on by Delerium featuring Nerina Pallot on vocals. It’s called Truly. Here are some of the words:

I know good things
I know bad as well
Any witness of the road can tell
If there is sorrow
There is beauty and trust
A secret pearl inside the heart of us

So truly there is life and I want to see it
Now that I know what I am living for
Truly there is joy and I want to feel it
Here in this world is where I want to be
Cause I can’t cry anymore

That’s just a part of it…

Maybe it’s silly that the words to a song could give me hope and remind me that “the world is calling out, saying it won’t be the same… it’s time to try my luck again” but it did. It made me realize that I started this blog with an intention. That I had and still have an end in mind and I haven’t reached it yet. I’ve got to be willing and able to get back up when life knocks me on the ass.

So here’s me getting up.
Getting back into the fray.
Truly.

The View From Here

We had a gloriously beautiful weekend here in Seattle! I was able to get out and enjoy a bit of it. But part of it was spent inside IKEA helping customers… Still, I didn’t have to sacrifice all the sunny days to the big blue box. I’m so grateful that we got that sunny break in the weather, it meant a world of good for my sun loving soul.

I’ll admit that all my pics aren’t postcards worthy but you can at least get the gist of how gorgeous it was.

Walking to work:

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I also went down to the Des Moines marina to watch the sunset.

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Beautiful, right? I totally enjoyed it! I hope, along with most of Seattle, I’m sure, that this means a really great summer ahead. It would be the nicest homecoming present to have my first summer back be as spectacular as these last few days were.

I hope your neck of the woods is as pleasant as mine has been lately and that all is well in your world! Until next time…

Sun In Shade

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Walkway to Boeing from the commuter train in Renton, WA.

I woke up today and the sun was shining! Living in Seattle frequently means going without this natural source of vitamin D and I find myself yearning for the near constant sunshine (no matter the season) in Charlotte.

Still, I’m here in the Pacific Northwest and I’m trying to re-acclimate myself. This is my hometown after all. Days like today make me anxious for summer. I hope it is a good one: sunny, warm, and happy!

I hope you all are having an amazing Wednesday. I’ll catch you tomorrow!

PS I took the picture above while walking to work a while back… Didn’t get a chance to snap one today. 🙂

The Color of Memory

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I was surfing Pinterest today and I saw this picture from the blog A Beautiful Mess. It made me smile. You see, I wanted to be an artist when I was young. I took took art classes and spent my pocket change on sketchbooks and art supplies.

After I had used a few different kinds of mediums, I fell madly in love with oil pastels. They were easy to use and so much fun to work with. I loved the colors! But the best part was how tactile it was. Using pastels is like fingerpainting. I would have pigment all over me, not just on my paper! I didn’t care though. I thought the mess was as cool as the rest of it.

I think reason why I enjoy interiors so much is because it reminds me quite a bit of using pastels. It can be vibrant or muted, tactile, and messy… But the end result? Yeah, that makes me smile.

Technical Difficulties

Today has been a day of frustration and hair pulling. For some reason I can’t attach images to my posts from the android app for WordPress. I’ve been trying to figure out the problem for hours with no success. Unfortunately, as many of you know, I don’t have a pc. I post exclusively from my Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. After pretty near two years of writing and editing my blog from this app, this is the first time it’s failed me.

I’m planning to try to work it out over weekend. In the meantime, please forgive the absence of a post today. I have one written… But what’s a blog like mine without pictures?

I hope you all have lovely weekend! Hopefully (fingers crossed), I’ll catch you all on Monday with a complete post.

Please Stand By

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There will be a slight break in our regularly scheduled programming. I Just got hit with a whammy and Now find myself back home in Seattle, WA. I’m going to try really hard to keep up with my posting in the next week or two but… I don’t want to make promises.

I hope this new year finds you doing well and setting the stage for a great year for yourself. I’ll have a totally inspiring room tomorrow. Until then…

A New Year!

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I’m not a New Year’s resolution maker. I find that typically they don’t work. People rarely want to to do the day to day work required to make lasting change in their own lives. We all pretty much default to the path of least resistance. I’m guilty of it as well. So, I just tend to do what I’m doing and make changes as life comes at me.

This year I’m doing something different. Let me preface this by saying that I’m a late bloomer. I’m not twenty anymore and I’m just getting my confidence, my sea legs, for this adventure called life. It has been been scary, exhilarating, dangerous, painful, joyous, and fulfilling. And I’m not done yet…

In 2012 I’m going to take the time to cultivate my life. Make it as healthy as humanly possible. Weeding out the choking weeds, fertilizing my favorite hopes and dreams, planting new passions, nurturing maturing visions, and harvesting accomplished goals.

That’s my resolution for this year. I think with some hard work 2012 will be all anyone I can hope for in this new year.

Best of the Week

What a week! I’ve feel like a whole year has passed. Really, it’s just a lot of life happening all at once. That’s life though, right? The ups, the downs, and everything in between. As the young Indian hotel clerk says in the trail for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: “Everything will work out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.”

This week:

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I was really inspired by this great mood board from fellow Charlotte design blogger, Andrea. She is a designer and DIYer who moved here recently, like me. Check out her cool projects and inspiration on her blog, SpaceSays.

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Caitlin Wilson Textiles.

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Surfing through some links on Laura Casey Interiors, I discovered this link to Caitlin Wilson Textiles. I’d never heard of this star design blogger but I was delighted to discover her new line of textiles! They are so beautiful and the blue, pink, and linen colored chinoiserie inspired floral gave me ideas for a great living room scheme. A complete set of swatches is available for $20 and comes prettily packaged in a beautiful pink box.

I finished my lamps here, read the YA bestseller The Hunger Games, and tested out a new Android app called Eggdrop with much success.

I also want to take a moment to say something about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. This is a bill that will effect every blogger out there. See this great post about what the bill means for you and me. Sign a petition, call your reps, and get the word out to your readers and fellow bloggers! This is OUR internet.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone! See you next week!