Hello, my friends! I’m back! 🙂
I can’t believe it’s been 18 days since I’ve been here. I can’t even remember the last time I took that much time off of blogging in the middle of the year. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever done that…at least not since blogging became my full-time job (about 6.5 years ago).
But this break was so needed. In my last post about being burned out, I was just in such a funk. I wrote that post not really planning on taking a blogging break, but when I got up the following morning (Friday) and tried to write a post, I just couldn’t make myself do it. That’s when I decided to give myself a week away from the blog and just rest. And then when that week was over, my sweet and thoughtful husband pretty much insisted that I take one more week away from the blog. He was so right to do that!
The good news is that I’m completely and totally out of my funk. 🙂 I feel like I’m back to my old self again. In fact, my funk didn’t last very long at all after my last post.
After reading that post, my mom texted me and basically told me that she thought the reason I was feeling that way was because of the condo. At that point, I was trying to work over there and get things done, but all of the cabinets, closets, and the living room were still filled with our junk. (Obviously, it was mostly stuff we don’t need since we’ve lived without it for a year-and-a-half.) Trying to work around all of that was really discouraging. So she suggested that we go over that afternoon and pack up anything and everything that didn’t absolutely need to be there, and bring it to the house just to get it out of the way.
We spent the whole afternoon packing up, throwing things away, and bringing stuff to the house, and with each box of stuff removed from the condo, the weight on my shoulders felt lighter and lighter. By the end of the day, I was left with a cleared out condo that had only the necessary items, tools, and paint cans that needed to be there. And I started to feel excited. With the condo cleared out, I could actually see everything that needed to be done, and suddenly my “to do” list didn’t feel quite so overwhelming.
So for the past two weeks, I’ve been slowly chipping away at that “to do” list. And I’ve actually had fun doing it! I worked at about half my usual pace (if even that), giving myself a break if I wanted to take a day off here and there. I mean, I really adopted a “no pressure” kind of attitude. After all, my main goal over these last two weeks was to take it easy, relax, clear my head, and get re-energized and ready to tackle as much of my “make it presentable” list for my house as humanly possible during the second half of 2015. But I couldn’t sit still for the whole two weeks. 🙂
So starting tomorrow, I’ll show you some of the things that I’ve gotten done over the last two weeks, starting with the second bedroom at the condo.
After I share all of the stuff I’ve gotten done at the condo, I’ll be back to working on the house full force until the end of the year…and for the foreseeable future after that. The only other outside-the-house project I’ll be tackling this year is decorating my 10-year-old niece’s room. That’s a project that I’ll be working on with my mom, and since Matt and I don’t have any kids, and I love decorating kids’ rooms (this is my favorite one I’ve ever done way back in 2008)…
…I’ll take the opportunity to decorate a kid’s room whenever it presents itself. Plus, I think it’ll be fun to work on a room with my mom for my niece.
All of that to say…I’m back! And I’m incredibly excited to jump back into this whole DIY thing with both feet. Thanks so much for your comments and emails of encouragement during my break. Y’all bless me more than you’ll know! 🙂