Before & After Inspiration

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


I love waking up happy and it seems to be occurring more often. I am not a morning person and it often takes me a couple of hours to feel joy and energy flowing, but I think I’m shifting! One of the key factors that is helping me feel energized is deciding to take a good hard look at my never-ending ‘to do’ list and decide what I actually want to do.

My list was huge and overwhelming, but after committing a few mornings to getting it organized, I feel that a weight has been lifted. As I dive in and tackle some tasks, I’m creating support systems that are keeping me on track. Warning, I’m feeling a bit preachy here ~ but it helps me stay on track to actually write this stuff down! The steps I’m taking are simple, but I have to keep reminding myself to…

  • Set an intention. When I set an intention I seem to be able to stay on track with the big picture, rather than getting lost in the details. I’m a recovering perfectionist, I can often wander and take on new tedious tasks rather than finishing what I started.
  • Decide what I want. It’s interesting how deciding what I don’t want is easier than deciding what I really want. How do you figure out what your heart wants?
  •  Set and stick to deadlines. I make a lot of deadlines in my head which I often change or forget about. So I’ve been making deadlines on paper and sharing with others what I am committed to doing and when I intend to finish.

Reaching out has been the biggest motivator. When I involve others in my process, I am much more likely to follow through. I’ve been taking before & after photos of my projects and sending them to girlfriends who are also sending me their b&a rooms or projects that have been cleaned, painted, or changed in some way.

I’ve also been participating in Jillsygirls party themes as a motivator to sort and share my photos, thank Jill! And, I’ve been staying connected to blogger friends sharing and listening to hopes and fears and taking in any feedback. Just sharing what’s on my mind allows me to reflect and refocus. I continue to be impressed with the cyber communities ability to share and support. Thank you. I appreciate every single on of you.

Here are a few before & after projects I finally finished…


I would love to know what helps you create, what ever it is you want to create?

Since sometimes all it takes is to write it down or tell someone what you are committed to, if you’re in the mood, write a comment that finishes one or all of these sentences…

This week

I will finish…

I will create…

I will fix…

This week I will finish painting the bathroom. I’m actually going to give myself the next two weeks to get this done. I have lots of half-finished projects from last weeks list, so I’ll add this to the mix. I’m not good at concentrating on just one thing, I get bored or frustrated with being locked in. I’ve found that if I have a few choices, I can let my moods dictate which project to jump into. I know I’m contradicting what I said earlier about setting an intention, but that’s how I roll. I change my mind a lot. And its okay 🙂

Wings of Change


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  1. #1 by pattisj on July 31, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    You have lots of reason to feel energized…hurry up and get done so you can sit outside! Enjoyed seeing what you’ve been working on. A coat of paint is a wonderful thing!!

  2. #2 by Jillsy Girl on July 31, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    I, too, have noticed that I have not been accomplishing nearly enough things each day, so about a week ago I decided I needed to allocate a certain amount of time that I would spend on the computer (my biggest enemy of accomplishment!). Last week I got so much more taken care of! I didn’t write my tasks down, I just kept them prioritized in my mind and stuck to it. And, I was sure not to heap on too many of them. I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed and then quit, so I did them at a pace that was comfortable for me. I hope to continue on that path and not get sidetracked!

    Good luck with your lists. Looks like you are also going down your own path to organization!

  3. #3 by elk on July 31, 2011 - 9:08 pm

    this was a very encouraging post ..your b/a photos are really great motivators!

    ..lots of list are a big help in my life..and lots of letting go at times

  4. #4 by Megan Coyle on July 31, 2011 - 10:45 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    And whew, sounds like you’ve been busy! And what fun to see your before and after pictures. They make me want to get started on fixing up my place 🙂

  5. #5 by ladyfi on August 1, 2011 - 1:59 am

    Wow – you are full of energy! My biggest goal is to spend lots of time with the kids before school and work and stress start up again!

  6. #6 by Marcie on August 1, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Sometimes it really is as simple and easy as setting an intention. Writing it down – for me – always helps to get me to follow-thru, Looking forward to seeing how it is you progress along this journey.

  7. #7 by beth on August 2, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    wow….you just gave me a ton of inspiration. seriously, you did. i really want to go flea marketing now with hopes of transforming some goodies and what the heck, maybe i’ll start re-doing a few rooms around here that drive me crazy…..xo

    ps…love all your color choices. i used to work as free lance interior designer and occasionally i still consult….. and colors, especially paint colors, were always my worst enemy. give me fabric to pick out, even wallpaper, but paint……yikes !

  8. #8 by jeanie on August 16, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    I SO can’t wait for book club at your house! It’s gorgeous! And I have to say that every bit of what I see is what I see when I see you! Thank you for the tips — they are inspiring and I’ve been pretty paralyzed lately. I’ve needed these. Perhaps what goes around, comes around. I just know I need a plan. This is at least one way to approach.

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