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So I decided to paint that wall…

So I decided to paint that wall… in fact, I painted the whole room. To be clear, I painted one of my guest rooms, and I’m in the process of remodeling it. It’s almost complete, but not quite. It has been the most invigorating project. I was sick all last week, but I was determined to paint that room by the weekend. With the help of my wonderful brother and sister and a couple friends, we managed to knock out the painting in just a few hours Friday evening. I let the paint dry overnight, and by Saturday afternoon, I was able to do touch-ups and finally hang my curtains. I also managed to find a painting I love and some awesome throw pillows at World Market. The room is really coming together, and the project has inspired me to keep making changes and improvements throughout my house. Pictures to come.

This weekend, I’m making a vintage picture collage/ picture wall on one of the walls in my hallway. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a wall of various shaped and sized photo frames interspersed with vintage mirrors of various shapes and sizes. I have been scouring my photographs, both electronic and paper, trying to find all the possible photos I would want to have on my wall. I have found so many incredible photos from my childhood, high school, college, and they all flood me with memories.

I have been very fortunate in my life, though it was not always a cheery one, to have many friends and many families at many times. Those people played a part in making me the person I am today, and without having known them, and without having had the experiences I’ve had, I might be a different person; I might have walked a different path. When I look back at pictures and see people who are no longer a part of my life, it does not make me sad any more, at least most people. I am grateful for what I received from them, what I learned and my ability to grow as a person, and the ability to appreciate the memories for what they are-happy memories of times past- and move on with my life, and I can only wish that those people have done the same as well.

I have definitely caught the home improvement bug… I wonder what my next project will be.

Oh, and I got my first paid editing job! One of the girls I work with is enrolled in an online publishing program for her Masters, and she often has me edit things for her, both for work and for her classes. On Monday, she approached me with a big project and asked if I’d edit seventeen essays for her, and she’s paying me to do it! These are long, tedious essays, and I have to be finished with them by tomorrow (Thursday). I’m about a third of the way through with them now, so I still have a good bit of work to get through before tomorrow, so I better get back to it.

With love.

Haley

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It’s just paint on a wall…

I am in such a funk today. I’ve been in this weird, depressed mood for a few days now. I’m not completely unhappy, and I’m certainly not depressed, but I’m not quite sure what I am either. There are just things about where I am right now that I want so desperately to change, and I’m working to change them, but they aren’t changing at a pace that satisfies me. I’m trying to go about living the life I have at my current station and be appreciative and move forward with this life, while also striving to change my station. How does one go about reconciling this? I feel like if I keep committing ample time and energy to my current life, then I’m not putting enough effort into creating the life I want. But if I don’t work for the life I want, I’ll never get it.

That’s the struggle, the Sophie’s Choice if you will. I need to try to find a balance between to two, but I don’t know how. Parts of my current life make me so incredibly unhappy. The monotony, the unchanging, the drab. Realistically, it could be several months or longer before I find a job and move to New York, or it could be next week. You never know when things are going to happen; when opportunities are going to come along. I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to make that move and looking for jobs and reconciling what I want and where I want to be, I’ve stopped thinking about where I am now.

I’ve stopped living the life I have now. I’m afraid to start living it again, though I feel like if I do, it might make me happier. But I think it might be somewhat of a bad omen of sorts as well. Like if I paint a wall, I’m making a commitment to where I am now. I’m trying not to make commitments to where I am now. I’m trying to move forward, and painting a wall isn’t really moving forward. But then again, it’s just paint on a wall. I want to paint the walls, but then am I telling the universe I’m okay with staying where I am? Because I’m not okay with that, not even a little bit.

I want to move and grow and experience new places and things in my life. I want to get out of this funk and move forward with my life, and just live my whole life fully. I’m just not quite sure how to do that. I don’t really feel like I’m a whole person right now, and that’s something I need to work on reconciling.

Haley

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10 Things I Love That Always Make Me Happy

As a sort of post-intro introduction, I’ve decided to tell you all some of the things that I love that always make happy or put me in a really good mood, so that you can get to know me a little better.

1. Starbucks peppermint mochas, which can be purchased all year round guaranteeing maximum happiness whenever needed
2. Spending weekend afternoons alone at the movies
3. Barnes and Noble and Target- both stores make me equally happy for different reasons, but both are like giant black holes in which I get sucked in and spend hours without even noticing time has passed.
4. Mushroom pizza from Papa Murphy’s
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- both the book and the movie, but the movie more. If you haven’t read the book, and you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you go out and do both immediately. You are seriously missing out. You can get the movie on Amazon at the following link, and Barnes and Noble does a pretty good job of keeping the book in stock. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFEY354/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_J23jrb0J4BPS7
6. Luna, my cat, except for when she wakes me up meowing at 5:30am, when my alarm isn’t set to go off for another half hour. Otherwise, she’s pretty adorable.
7. Cupcakes from Frosted!, especially the little Oreo ones
8. The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and Downton Abbey- you can catch up on the current seasons on their respective websites- The CW, ABCFamily, and PBS.
9. Teapots, teacups, and hot cups of tea with lemon- I honestly believe my soul is English. Maybe I was a Brit in a past life.
10. Bright, fresh flowers sitting on my table

“These are a few of my favorite things!” Anyway, I want to welcome all of my new readers and followers and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you enjoy what you’ve read and will keep reading. I’m really interested in what you think, so tell me… What are your favorite things? What makes you happy?

Haley

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