I am going to be 31 in exactly one month from tomorrow. After 30 years of being on this Earth, I learned many things. I’ve learned through experience that life is everything YOU make it to be. Perception is key. Love is blind, but can be endless. And the most important thing I have ever learned through the years of being a daughter, sister, mother and friend is to never compare yourself to others. Not just yourself, but your life. There has been many times I have felt envy rear its ugly head through my own eyes when I was “younger” and nothing good ever comes from seeing green. They say the grass is always greener on the other side but thats only true if you forget to water your own lawn because your too busy watching your neighbors. I was never happy comparing myself to others and how can you be? You have to be happy with yourself to be happy with your life. It takes some people a life-time to learn that. Don’t get me wrong, I get discouraged when I try to obtain a goal in life and fall short…but there is no sense in holding hate for others who have what you want. To hold love and happiness for another person’s successes will fill your heart far more than envy. Isn’t that what life is about? Happiness? Finding happiness and contentment for what God has given you is also important. I believe that all of us have a path in which we are meant to follow. God lights the way. Sometimes we might get overwhelmed or even underwhelmed with what lies ahead of us, but trusting that God has a plan gives me “calm”.
When I was a little girl I dreamt of owning the very home we are in now, and I have been through so much in my 30 years that I still find it amazing that God led me to where I am now. And though I don’t know if we will be here forever, this home holds such a big place in my heart that I can not imagine living anywhere else at this moment in my life. Our home is not only a place to rest our heads, but a canvas, a stepping stone, a haven, a memory, a place where my husband and I are building such an amazing life and future for our little “big” family of ours. We have made such progress to this house and have so many plans developing for not just our home but for others. Though my dream is to one day open up my cottage shop here online and brick and mortar, we have another “project” up our sleeves that might end up happening before the other considering I still can’t figure out how to put a “shopping cart” on my website *face palm*. That’s another thing I need to work on. My stubbornness to figure out how to do everything on my own. Sometimes its better to get some help from others I suppose. Hopefully the big three – one can give me the strength and experience (and patience) to finish what I start like my promise to myself and others of an online shop LOL. One day at a time.
As for now, in this very moment. I am happy. I am happy with my home even though there still is walls to sheetrock, spaces to paint, pictures to hang, and rooms to change. I am excited to finish the things I started in 2017 and excited to see what 2018 and 31 has in store for me and my family. I pray this year brings all of us lots of luck, happiness, and success especially YOU! God Bless.
Here is also a short tour of our Christmas/Winter Porch