Day 4: Words that speak to me

The topic of Day 4 of the Blog Every Day in May Challenge is favorite quotes. I’m supposed to share mine, and tell you why I love it.

Truth be told, I have a lot of favorite quotes. I’ve always been an inspirational quotes kinda girl. And I have favorite ones that suit different moods or situations that I find myself in. So, its been a bit difficult to pick just one to share, and for a while I considered sharing a few. But, I finally decided on just this one.

As much as we wish it wasn’t the case, no one’s life is perfect. We all go through periods of pain and darkness, of self-doubt and struggles, of frustration and fear. And that’s why I love this quote. It’s a reminder that the things we go through aren’t for nothing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. And if we fight our way through, it will be worth it. 
It goes fairly well with my Aunt Mazie’s favorite line, “Everything happens for a reason.” (Which drives me a little crazy every time she says it haha).

Day 3: Things that make me uncomfortable

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write for this post. And its not because nothing makes me uncomfortable, because believe me, there are a quite a few things. But, I just couldn’t seem to think of any of them when it came time to write about it.

And then I read Jenni’s post at Story of My Life, and funnily enough she’s uncomfortable with the same things I am.

Watching movies with my parents when the movie has sexual scenes.

True story: My dad and I really enjoy watching comedies. And when he finds something funny, he laughs really loud, which serves as extra entertainment for me. Last Christmas he mentioned that the movie The Change Up looked really funny. I had already seen it and I remembered that it was hilarious, so I went out and bought it for us to watch (I have no problem rewatching movies I like). Turns out, I forgot allll about the extreme amount of sexual scenes (there are a lot!). OH MY GAWWWD!!! I wanted to pull the blanket I was wrapped in up over my head and die. Pretty sure that I have never been that uncomfortable in my life. To make matters worst my mother decided to join us, and all she kept saying was, “What on earth were you thinking? Daughter’s shouldn’t watch this stuff with their fathers.” It was mortifying.

Like Jenni, I am not a fan of making phone calls. Absolutely hate it. It gives me anxiety. Even though I work in an industry that requires me to make a lot of calls from time to time, I have to push myself to call clients that I am not familiar with. Talking on the phone with strangers stresses me.

Day 2: A Few Tips for Decorating Your Home

I’m no interior designer or professional decorator. But, it is something I enjoy. You wouldn’t believe how any House & Home, Style at Home, and HGTV magazines I own. I’m not the most creative person, but I can take ideas from these magazines and put my own spin on them. And that’s exactly what happened with Rosalie’s gallery wall which you can read about here.

For day 2 of Blogging Every Day in May, I’m supposed to educate you all about something I’m good at. So, I’ve decided to pass along a few tips I’ve learned about decorating.

1. There’s no rush. It’s better to take your time, and decide what you want, than to slap something on a wall just to fill it, or to buy furniture that isn’t what you really had in mind.

2. Get yourself a level and a stud finder. These will be two of your best friends for hanging pictures, shelves and art.

3. For God’s sake, and your own, don’t be lazy. Use your measuring tape. Don’t just hang things haphazardly.

5. Have a little fun with photo collages. Everything doesn’t have to line up. But don’t go overboard. There’s a thin line between having things all over the place with style, or having a mess.

6. Find your own style. Its your home, you have to be happy and comfortable there. Decorate to suit you. Not magazines or anyone else. But don’t use this as an excuse to have no style.

7. Mix in pictures of nature or architecture, or frame different items. Not every picture should be of people. And don’t hang pictures of people, unless they are truly worthy of being on a wall (the pictures, not the people).

8. If you don’t have the money to replace furniture as trends change, buy quality neutral pieces. Add some color and infuse trendy styles with your accessories such as pillows, throws, rugs, etc.

9. Don’t be afraid of grey. It doesn’t have to be cold. There are a lot of warm grey’s out there now, as it has become the new go to color for neutrals.

10. We all have favorite colors that we like to decorate with. Be careful not to go overboard. Too many of the same color accent can take a room from tasteful to tacky. Also, consider when you buy clothes, not every red top is the same shade, and if you wear different shades together, it can look pretty terrible. The same goes for home accessories. Mismatched shades can take away from a space.

Why I missed yesterdays post

Its no secret to those who know me well, that I am just a little bit obsessed with home decorating.

The first 18 months after I moved home from Alberta, I lived with my cousin Rosalie in a house she had just bought. As with every new home it can take a while to find a place for everything and decide how you want to decorate. The bare walls everywhere were begging for my help and I had tons of ideas for how Rosa should fill them. But we have different styles, and she wasn’t as determined as I was to decorate.

Eventually, she asked for my help figuring out what to put on her dining room wall, and we came up with a plan. But good decorating plans take patience and time to pull together. And even though I don’t live there anymore, I still had full intentions of following through. So, last night, after 6 months of dreaming about that wall, we got started. And I couldn’t be happier about how well it has turned out so far. It’s a work in progress, and is going to take a little more time to finish up, but we’re off to a great start.

1. We picked up these wooden letters at Walmart for a buck a piece.

2. Painted the letters with black, shiny paint we picked up in the craft section at Walmart for $2.00.

3. The letters turned out pretty good. The paint covered well. And dried very fast.

4. I like to lay my photos out on the floor to get an idea of how I want to arrange them, and figure out the spacing that I want.

5. Our blank canvas.

6. Trusty level. Never would have gotten through the project without it.

7. The wall slowly coming together.

8. The finished product.

9. One of my favorite pieces. “”What I love most about my home is who I share it with.”

10. A picture of Rosalie’s dad (my uncle Wade), a drawing by our Uncle Herb. And one of Rosalie’s favorite pieces, “In this house we…” Google it. I bet you’ll love it as much as she does.

11. The wall from another angle.

12. A picture I took of Rosalie and her daughter Victoria walking through the park last fall. An cute owl we picked up at Walmart for $5.00 (what a steal). And a wine bottle we frosted.

Believe it or not, this wall came together really fast. 2 hours and 15 minutes, painting of the letters included.

So pleased with how it has turned out so far, and looking forward to adding more pieces to it in the future.

Day 1: The Story of my life

Soooo I challenged you all to blog every day in May, and I skipped the first day. Booo. But in my defence I had a pretty good reason which I will share today in another post.
But without further ado The Story of My Life
I’m a twenty something steel saleswoman with a slight obsession with real estate, home décor, clothes and shoes.

I was born and raised in out port Newfoundland.

Blessed with an amazing family.

I love sleep and therefore have never been a morning person.

I love hockey! I played from the ages of 7-19 and last season I joined an adult female league.
I actually enjoy winter. I love to snowboard, even though I’m not very good. And I love to ride skidoo.
I moved across the country when I was 19. It was supposed to be just for the summer. But I got myself a boyfriend and stayed. We broke up. But deciding to stay wasn’t such a bad thing…I began a career I enjoy and made some really great friends.

Speaking of friends, I still have a lot of the same friends I had growing up.

I’m going to be a bridesmaid at this girl’s wedding next summer.
I am an extremely sarcastic person. And I tend to swear a little….

I love to travel. I have a list as long as my arm of places I want to visit.
I’ve been to Florida three times, and I happen to think that Disneyworld truly is the most magical place on earth.