Looking through my camera, I found a few pictures of projects that either didn't get finished (and therefore didn't get posted) or weren't significant enough to deserve a post of their own.
February- painted the master bedroom
December- waiting for the perfect (affordable) lamps
April- organized some jewelry
August- rewired and refashioned a pair of lamps
November- waiting for the perfect (affordable) shades
October- sawed the skulls off some antlers (ew)
November- used them around the house over the holiday
October- saved up and purchased curtain rods for the living room,
fortunately they arrived intact, no thanks to the UPS guy
December- enjoying the process of searching and saving up for decor,
yay for delayed gratification, next up- art
And last, but certainly not least...
June- started painting the house
December- finally finished, after hiring help on this end
Most of these projects have stories behind them... for example, you may notice that the curtain rods in the first picture of the master bedroom are mounted much higher than in the second picture. The lesson learned is NEVER to hem Ikea curtains by measuring up from the bottom, unless you first measure to insure they are all the same length. And regarding the antlers (picture me on the verge of barfing), the stench of bone is still in my nostrils. No amount of money will convince me to take a hacksaw to bone of any kind ever again.
This collection of pictures comes with a temptation to feel like a procrastinating, unmotivated, goal-defeater. And even more so if I give in to comparing myself to others. Our culture is all about instant gratifiaction. We hear, "Make over your living room today!", "Loose 5 lbs this week!", "Get rid of wrinkles in a month!" and the list goes on. Blogland is full of projects that, while fun and inspiring, frequently create feelings of inadequacy and discontentment. But here's the thing- life is not about completing projects and achieving goals. And it's certainly not about the speed at which projects are completed. What matters is that I live MY life (not yours) and that I am honest with myself and with others about who I am. Most importantly, life is about cultivating a relationship with the One who knows me better than I know myself. Take it from someone who has learned and is still learning- true happiness and contentment is in Christ!
Happy New Year, friends!