Saying goodbye to my enemy

“Julie, you are your own worst enemy!”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that in my life…..OK I wouldn’t be rich but I would certainly have a healthier bank account balance.
This morning I was reading a post over at Being Sober where the author spoke about feeling like she was slacking. If you read the post you’ll see she was going to begin work a bit later than she normally would, and that her bosses would have no problem with it.
I immediately understood what she meant, I truly am my worst enemy. This self-depreciating trait is certainly one of my worst behavior patterns and one of the most difficult to change.
As you may be aware, I’m one who loves analogies and examples so here we go!!
When hubby and I purchased our home we knew it was a fixer-upper.
I shared a bit about our renovations here with Thinking of Home Renovation? 
We were aware that the house would need updating, to be polite I’ll just say that their love of pink carpeting, borders and balloon valances differed from my preferences……exhibit A:
In order to give you the full picture of the renos I must post the next photo, please be gentle! Thank goodness my early pregnancy fashion challenges didn’t last long! Seriously why didn’t someone let me know I was wearing Grandma jeans??
We had of course budgeted for this but life got in the way via an unexpected pregnancy (yeah!!!), a leaky roof (boo), a broken furnace (are you freaking serious?), a water softener on the fritz(figures) ….the list goes on.
The day finally came…YEARS later when we could afford to begin our decorative renos and off we went!
Walls were removed, painted, new windows installed, an island built and flooring laid!!
It was seriously hard work, there was lots of research to do, frugal purchases to be made and ultimately it was one of the most rewarding projects Hubby and I have taken on.
This was the living room result….a bit empty but a huge improvement!
This was the view into the dining room….I’ll be asking you to return to this photo in a minute to make my point…
But first, here is a photo taken this Easter which shows the view from the living room into the kitchen now that there are no walls.
I’m sure you’ll agree the changes are drastic, we love them and are proud of our efforts.
So where does my self-deprecation come in?
Scroll above again to that photo of the renovated dining room, move your gaze to the upper right of the photo and you will notice that the crown molding doesn’t continue onto the wall on the right. We didn’t finish it … flaw! There are also a few spots where the gaps in the flooring aren’t exactly even, that also drives me nuts at times.
So even thought we managed to update our home to suit our tastes, made cleaning so much easier and replaced leaky windows I wasn’t satisfied.
Can you imagine how frustrating it must be being married to me?
So what should my newly established sassy self do?
I’ve written often about my perspective change and this is one of the most dramatic ones.
 It’s not really noticeable, unless you’re in my immediate vicinity often.
It occurs in my head.
Nowadays I can see my faults and I can make changes when possible and live with others.
So as for the bloody crown molding, it will have to wait for another day when we’re in the mood and until that day I keep my chin tilted down!
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can,
 and the Wisdom to know the difference.
Funny how it ALWAYS applies.

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  1. Beautiful changes within your home, tho I adore pink .. but that was a bit much & in the wrong places.Would you be so kind to leave a comment on my BLOG ONLY thru the 18th, for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored. Help me spread the word.Have a beautiful week.Hugs,TTFN ~Marydon

  2. Dude. Having owned 5 homes and renovated all of them, if it was my house, the crown molding would be all I ever saw when I walked into the room; just like you. So, you're preaching to the choir here. I like it the way I like it and I like it RIGHT NOW. But you're right, it will get done in time and it's not a flaw, just something that you will get around to.The house does look great and I love the floors and color selection. I have color swatches taped all over my living room in an effort to make a decision. I keep hoping that one day I'll wake up and the room will have painted itself.

  3. Your house is beautiful!!! You made me laugh because I will be posting something like this in the up coming months. I have to lay the floors in my house and eventually put up molding, which i will have to figure out and paint ever last thing. I know I would focus on the 1 thing that wasn't perfect, but you know what, I will remind myself not too, or at least I'll try!! thank you for waking me up and giving me a reality check!!!

  4. Jul. Chill. … I know, easier said than done. I live in an 1898 house; we moved in in 1994, and the kitchen and front hall haven't been painted since then. (Neither has my study, where I write this, but Mama always waits longer than anyone else.) I'm fkn desperate to get the kitchen painted, but I don't want to pay anyone else to do it and I can't see how I'll get it done myself. … There are cracks everywhere, and cobwebs, and dust under furniture. Because nobody else cleans, and I only clean when I'm not working (which is rarer these days, thank goodness)… Thanks for your honesty and humor. Helps me laugh at it all today. x/g

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