Blame It On The Rain. (Yeah, yeah.)

School has been out, summer is going strong and wow, it’s still raining. Nonstop.

I snapped this photo last week during another rain storm and looking at it later that night, I thought about something. (My kids, always teaching me something whether they know it or not.)

I am full of excuses.

Yes, you heard that right. I don’t come across as that way to most people. I do what I want, when I want and I usually don’t make excuses for the easy things. Easy things to me are things that are tangible. Things I can see. Things I can touch. Oh, you want me to move furniture around the house by myself, even though I might hurt myself? Of course I will! No excuses! You want me to show up at school even when I have no extra time so I can help you with a school function? Yep, I can fit that in somehow, too. No excuses.

But then there are the hard things for me.

Beginning.

Starting something.

More specifically, starting something that could possibly fail.

I have become the ultimate, amazing procrastinator because of this fear. I refuse to start something if I’m not sure it will turn out exactly as I’m seeing it in my mind’s eye. The trick here, though, is that I am not that picky of a person. It’s just that if I have in my head how I want something, then that’s exactly how I want it.

I am a certified dreamer. If I tried to share the massive amounts of dreams in my head to someone, they would possibly look for the “off” button. I share a lot of them with friends, family, etc., but so many of them are locked away in my own dreamspace and may never see the light of day. And that’s okay, too.

My entire point of sharing this about myself is that I’m tired of waiting. Tired of just dreaming the dream and not doing the dream. It can suck the life out of you and it makes me physically tired sometimes.

This fall, Magdalen starts Kindergarten. I’m looking to work part-time outside of the home for someone to sort of remind my inner-schedule (if I have one) how to have a routine again. I look back on my working days and they seem so long ago. Another lifetime, really. I’m ready to work. Ready to get my hands dirty, so to speak.

In addition to this part-time work I’m looking to do, I’m going to be blogging about our home. Our remodel, as we go along, and before-and-afters. I’ve shared bits about it on Facebook and Instagram in photos over the last year and a half that we have lived here, but we had only done the basics in order to live here comfortably enough in the beginning. Now that we’ve paid off our original remodeling loan (Hallelujah!), we are ready to start saving for the big purchases. One at a time!

On our short list: having the house thoroughly insulated before winter so we don’t freeze almost-to-death again and gutting our tiny master bathroom and having it updated completely (I have NO ELECTRICAL OUTLETS in my master bath, that is how old it is).

My goal alongside that is to go through each room of our home and make it the way I want it. Even if it’s not perfect. I will be doing this on a tight budget by shopping my home, thrift shops for repurposing, and finding deals along the way. If you have never seen the deals I find in my shopping excursions, you are in for a treat. I am like a deal magnet. No joke. You would not believe the items I find at ridiculously low prices! I would love to share this with all of you!

For now, this is my accountability post. I dabble in so many different interests and this will hopefully make me stay focused on the ultimate goal. Budget friendly home design, event planning, and life in general. I like to shop but more importantly, I like to shop smart.

I am working towards getting my working-design feet back and move into having design and event clients in the future and also doing some virtual design boards for those that are interested from afar. I’m tired of having excuses for every time I become afraid to start. I’m not that girl, so….

NO EXCUSES. I’m not blaming it on the rain anymore. I’m embracing the rain and figuring out a way to work it into each day that it arrives. I hope you join me and enjoy following along on our crazy old house. Next post later this week I will tell you the history of this “Blessing House” as my friend, Kimberly, so lovingly calls it.

 

6 thoughts on “Blame It On The Rain. (Yeah, yeah.)

  1. Kimberly Turner

    Love everything u write! Always is done so beautifully & gives me a different look on things. And as always, I really do love your blessing house.

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    1. Amanda Post author

      Awwwww. Thank you, Kim! You played a large part in us having the opportunity to buy this place and as much trouble as it seems sometimes, we always go back to the knowledge that is was really meant for us and we will keep going until we take care of the issues that are truly small in the grand scheme of living. :) Thanks for your friendship! I can’t wait for you to see more of what I’ll be doing here!!

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  2. Sarah Burnside

    I love this, you are such a good writer!! Amanda, I can’t wait to see what you do!! I know you have it in you! Go go!!

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    1. Amanda Post author

      Thanks, Sarah!! You are my biggest dream pusher (besides Chad) and I really, really appreciate it when you say, “Amanda! Just start DOING something.” Haha! Because I know it’s true. I just need an honest voice. And you are it, my friend!

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  3. Anne Andrus

    So you can design a virtual board for me? As I’m walking around my house hundreds of miles away from you I keep thinking, “what could Amanda do here or what would she put there or how can she make this work in this room? ” Makes me long for the days when you were practically next door. Design, friendship and food. That’s what it was all about. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you.

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    1. Amanda Post author

      Anne! I just now saw this comment. I miss you!! :( I hope to make a trip there in the near future, but really not sure when that will happen. Send me some pics, girl!

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