Surviving to Flourishing- Part 2: Where to Start

I shared last time about what the last 9 years of living in survival mode has looked like for me. Obviously, I didn’t share every little thing, just the highlights and nothing too personal or private. You get the idea, though. I understand the hanging-on-by-my-fingernails feeling. It’s not just you!

If you’ve realized that you’re living your life in survival mode, where do you start to make real changes? If you’re so used to just pushing through your days, it can be hard to even imagine anything different.

Step One: Give Yourself a Reality Check

In survival mode, everything can seem to be absolutely necessary. It can seem like we ought to be able to just get it all done. Often, though, the amount of things we’re trying to cram into our days isn’t anywhere close to reasonable- especially in survival mode!

Take a few minutes to do this […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 1: My Story

I haven’t “arrived” in the land of flourishing, but I have come so far this last year. If you feel like you’re just surviving your way through your life, I’d love to encourage you by sharing what I’ve learned, changed and planned to get out of survival mode and into a more meaningful, intentional and peaceful way of living.

My Background

Although it may seem like it at times, I haven’t always lived in survival mode. My life used to be very well balanced between active and restful, social time and alone time, work and fun… it just didn’t seem that hard to say to myself, “Hey, I’ve been out and about a lot this week. I need to get more sleep and spend some time alone to recharge.” That was back before I had my wonderful girls, my successful business, our farmhouse fixer-upper and several health […]

Renovation Adventures: Master Bathroom Demo

A year ago, we bought our adorable little 1940’s farmhouse. We love it and we love the area. We love that it’s a fixer-upper. We did quite a bit of work on it before moving in, which you can see here, here and here.

What we weren’t loving was the funky smell coming from the master bathroom. It got so bad that we had to do some exploratory demo to try to find the source of the smell and the ominous dripping we could hear behind the laundry room wall downstairs when we flushed the upstairs toilet.

Here’s the catch. We don’t have the money right now to buy all the things we need to renovate our master bathroom. We can only demo and try to fix whatever the problem is and then put the bathroom back together into our dream bathroom as we can afford it. My friends, we […]

Farmhouse Renovations: Week Three

This week we really made a dent in our to-do list, since my hubby took the week off from work. Talk about a working vacation!!

My hubby patched damaged drywall….

Looks like Nebraska, doesn’t it?! 😉

I worked on putting screens into screen doors.

The guys replumbed the shower… okay, they ended up replumbing the whole house, actually!

I put peel-and-stick tiles in the bathroom, living room/dining room and office, which we will be tearing out and replacing with solid wood floors and ceramic tiles. This is just temporary to satisfy the requirements of our loan. Looks pretty nice, though, huh?? 😉

And this room got a new ceiling (courtesy of my hubby and dad) and a new floor! Solid wood floors will […]

Farmhouse Renovations: Week Two

We got quite a bit done during week two, in spite of a very nasty 36 hour virus that knocked out everybody except my hubby. High fever, aching all over… bleck! We skipped the fever meds, as always, and pulled out some of our favorite herbs for colds. Before we were knocked off of our feet, here’s what we did!

After a storm, we arrived to find that our water-damaged ceiling in the front room was leaking….

After many days, many phone calls and another storm, I finally got a roofer out to help us figure out where the leak was and tell us how to fix it.

Along with the roof leak, we also had a horrible plumbing leak that turned out to be a pipe that was connected to…

Absolutely nothing! When we turned on the […]

Farmhouse Renovations: Week One

We had a very productive and exciting first week of renovations on our 1940’s farmhouse!

We started by ripping out the nasty old carpet from the living room and downstairs bedroom/office that was used as a litter box by the previous owner’s pets. We found this lovely tar paper under it.

My hubby replaced the upstairs toilet…

Then he pulled out some tiles and the toilet from the downstairs bathroom. The wood under the tiles is rotted out from a plumbing leak…

My hubby tore out a cabinet from around the old fridge so that our new fridge would fit.

Then he pulled this awkward cabinet down from the wall so that I can beautify it and find a more appropriate place in the house to keep it.

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