Well it seemed like a good idea at the time. You know, save money, manage the reno and live in it at the same time!
Wrong!!! Honestly I have no idea what the hell I was thinking. For three weeks I lived in a plastic enclosed living room that was supposed to keep the dust from the rest of the house from attacking me. Ha ha what a joke. I think that if I had an x-ray of my lungs that you’d see some drywall dust in there.
I’m not going to lie; I cried many tears as I entered my tent. Day in day out. But the worst part was my sleeping arrangements. I was sleeping in my living room, among all my unpacked boxes, on a fold out cot, aka my prison cot!! I guess it was comfortable enough as long as I did not breathe or roll over!!!
Many times as I lay on my prison cot, I questioned my sanity, and had many pity moments. But you know its times like these that you realize what you are made of. And more importantly what you are thankful for.
Sure I was living in renovation hell, but eventually it will be over and I will be living in a beautifully renovated house with pops of Maria all over it. So I turned that renovation remorse into gratitude. When I look at my life and what I have and what I have accomplished, I have no business being sad or feeling sorry for myself. There are so many other people in the world that have it way worse than I do. And really at least I have a roof over my head. How many women and children are homeless because of divorce or hardship? How many women have barely enough food to eat or feed their children? I have food and money to eat out and even have money for this damn renovation.
So thank you dry wall dust and thank you dirty dusty floors. You made me realize that as always I am a strong woman that can really overcome anything and that I got the kick in the ass to remind me of all the wonderful things that I have in my life and am grateful for.
You may not be going through a renovation, but my wish for you is to remind you to be grateful for the things you have and not worry about the things you don’t have. And know that there is always somebody is a worse position than you that is struggling as well, yet managing to get through it. And most importantly to know that you have the strength and the ability to get through anything. That is what this renovation has taught me. Oh and of course to appreciate the beauty in a clean floor!!!
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