It's a Twinderful Life

Looking For the Silver Lining in All of Life's Clouds

Pinterest, Patience, and Providence

Welcome to the week’s half-way point…we’re almost to the weekend! It’s been a scorcher ’round these parts (today the high is supposed to hit 103 degrees!). I can’t remember the last time it was that hot here and I am LOVING it! I’m one of those crazy people who worships the heat. I could move to Arizona in a heartbeat! Bre, on the other hand, likes a cooler 70 degrees, but we’ll let her stick around anyway.

Things continue to be busy here with trying to get our condo ready to sell and I am looking forward to the finished product when the kitchen is back together and I’ve done some fabulous staging. I’ve been looking on Pinterest for inspiration and there are WAY too many fun ideas out there. To keep myself focused I am constantly reminding myself that we’re getting the condo ready to SELL, not to STAY IN and therefore most of the fantastic projects I’m seeing will have to wait until we get our house. Patience in definitely a virtue when it comes to me and DIY, home, or organizational projects. Please enjoy some of my fantastic inspirational finds.

Must find this an purchase it!

You all know how much I LOVE my wiener dogs. I just HAVE to have this!

pretty frame

We just bought a mirror for staging purposes in our dining room and I can’t WAIT to put it up. It’s not as huge as this fabulousness but it is going to rock nonetheless.

35 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Whow knew? I’m glad someone did and posted it so that the aforementioned mirror will look perfect over our dining room buffet.

this is the exact set up I was thinking of for our current bedroom. SO fab!

This is the exact setup of our bedroom with the bed under the window. This is a motivator to make it look so warm and inviting. Time to clear out the clutter.

I need to find a console to paint and a large mirror...

And last but definitely not least, the dining room. Our dining room is about this size and I am using this pic as staging inspiration.

I can’t wait to show you all the before and after pics for when it is finally done!

On another note, I was reminded again today how trials in life can give us experience or push us to do hard things and that, as uncomfortable as you may be in the moment, things always seem to work out and many fantastic lessons are learned. I’m grateful for those moments of clarity that come when I need it the most and remind me that life is fantastic and that I am so very blessed right now, just as I am. I’m wishing you all a moment of clarity this week that lifts your spirits and motivates you to keep going, no matter what impossibilities are in the way. Until then, keep that chin up!

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Finding Happiness Challenge Update

Howdy hey neighbors. It’s time to hear about how your Finding Happiness Challenge went! This Monday (3 days ago) marked the last day of the 21 day challenge. In case you missed the post that explained what the challenge consisted of go here.

I did this challenge in February and it rocked my world. It’s been a few months since then but I still try to do some of the things mentioned in the challenge like writing complimentary e-mails to coworkers and writing down one thing that went well every day. I keep my “things that went well” in my The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record by Gretchen Rubin. It rests comfortably on my bedside table as an easy reminder to me to write something every night before I crawl into bed. I’ve also tried adding a few ideas of my own to my routine and I’ve noticed that these things consistently make me feel happier:

  • I try to take my dogs on a walk every other day after I get home from work. The weather is amazingly beautiful here in Salt Lake right now and I love being outside after a hectic day.
  • I watch less T.V. and read more.
  • I try to get out on the weekend to hike.
  • I’ve been reconnecting with old friends and am reminded that I know some freaking AMAZING people.
  • I’ve stopped being so hard on myself. I’m a mover and a shaker and I like to plan out my days. I used to get frustrated if I didn’t finish each and every little thing that I had set my mind to do in a day, but now, if I don’t get everything done, I don’t become frustrated. I just tell myself that there will be time to do it tomorrow, or the next day…

Since completing my own Finding Happiness Challenge and incorporating the few things mentioned above into my routine I have definitely noticed a change in the “lens” through which my brain views the world. I find that I automatically have more patience with myself. It is easier for me to remember that each person that I meet is my brother or sister and I love them more. I don’t envy others. I find myself filled with so much gratitude during the day. I feel so much more content with my life, even if I’m not in the exact place that my old self used to think that I needed to be at this point in time. And, my favorite “lens” change of all, I find that my brain magically finds the positives in all situations, almost like it has its own free will and is making that choice for me. It rocks!

Now we want to hear what you’ve noticed since finishing the challenge. And if you haven’t taken it yet, don’t waste another second! It is SO worth it. Until tomorrow…

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