Life…

My heart breaks today for someone I hardly know. 

She stands there filling shelves in a grocery store, telling me the story of how her husband passed away over a month ago. “It wasn’t life threatening they told me, but I could tell he was getting worse.” It turns out he went to the hospital for a minor rash, but through his 9 day hospital stay, acquired Mirsa and a fatal case of Pneumonia. “He was only 64 and was planning on retiring next year,” she goes on. “He was my soulmate and I can’t imagine life without him.” Yet here she is stocking shelves. 

She is the type of person to treat you as her own child. Even here in this momment, she seems more concerned about how I’ve been since she’s last seen me. My heart goes out to her today. 

If I could give one piece of advice, Be kind to one another! You never know what journey in life someone else is on. With all of the things going on in day to day life, remember to pay attention to what really matters most…PEOPLE.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

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Livingroom Makeover

When I first moved into my house I was in a decorating frenzy to get everything done.  After a few months and some disappointing paint colors, I decided to live in the space for a while to see how I felt, before making any more changes.  While the whole house is still in a fluid state of decor rotation, I finally have it at a point where I feel comfortable enough to share.

Here is a look at where the living room started and where it is today.

IMG_3156Again, please disregard my realtor.

IMG_3515This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

IMG_3588I thought I liked the color, so curtains seemed like a good place to start.  Yet somehow, even though the curtains were beige linen, they blended right in with the mint walls.  It just looked blah.

IMG_5188 Enter Darker mint paint. “Malted Mint” to be exact.  I love it, but the window still needed something, so I added bamboo shades to fill in the wall between the windows and the curtains.

The other side of the living room has gone through multiple changes.  How do you decide what the best use of an extra couple feet of space should be?

IMG_3516The desk fit nicely, but reminded me of living in an apartment.

IMG_3756An extra sitting area seemed like a logical choice, but what to do with that wall.

IMG_5192At some point someone told me the turquoise had gone a little over board too.

Hey! It’s “Mint”……but I had to agree.

IMG_6114So I toned it down by painting the arch “Soft Cream”.

IMG_5713Still a work in progress.

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 What do you think?