There's only one real joy in a home renovation . . . and that is FINISHING a project! :)
We live in a fixer-upper, and there is a certain pleasure in making a home exactly what you want it to be. There are many challenges and stressful times, but being able to say 'WE ARE DONE!' is an amazing feeling.
(Side note: It is really my husband who is able to say that - as he is the one who completed this bathroom project - one that was MUCH bigger than we were anticipating!)
Our original plan was to scrape the paint and save what was there. We love all things mid-century and thought we could make the pink and black tile work for us. So we scraped. And scraped. And scraped.
After we scraped the paint off of the wall tile we realized that there was a reason that the tile had been painted. It just wasn't in great shape, so Carlos decided it all had to come down!
Imagine this: Your town is in shambles due to war and fighting. Schools and hospitals are routinely attacked and your kids can't sleep at night due to the nightmares they have. Your husband didn't come home one day, and you were told that he was arrested, but no one knows anything more than that. One day it gets to be too much and you gather what material possessions you can, take your children and leave. You don't know where you are going, but you know you can't stay here and survive.
You go to a refugee camp where there is shelter and some food assistance, but you still are financially responsible for some things, and there isn't work for you to do. You hear of a better place somewhere else. You still haven't heard about your husband. You have no idea if he is even still alive. Do you stay where you are? Do you move on to somewhere that might have more opportunities?
Millions of refugees are faced with these questions every day.
As the days tick forward toward my 40th birthday (1.5 years away), I am working on checking off the list of my 40 before 40 bucket list items!
One thing I wanted to do was donate my hair. I had wanted to at one extreme haircut, but because my hair was layered it wasn't long enough to donate. The high school where I work hosts a hair drive for Pantene Beautiful Lengths every year. So a little more than a year ago I decided I would grow my hair out to donate. I loved my long hair, but the short 'do is great for summer, and guess what? Hair grows! :) I'll have long hair again before you know it!