A Fresh Start…

The beginning of a New Year is always so invigorating, especially when the wind is whipping frosty snow crystals up your nostrils like today. Everything seems fresh and full of possibilities, untainted by life’s disappointments. It’s a time to feel bold, adventurous, invincible. A time to not be afraid to try something new and have a little fun. A time to let go of the past and anticipate the future.

I happen to be a perfectionist. It is something I battle all the time. I get so hung up with things having to be just right that I can take forever to accomplish something. Not everything mind you, I seem to be getting better at letting things ride once in a while. I believe it is a combination of goofy genetics and learned behavior, so I figure I stand at least a shot of improving. I have a big challenge coming up this next weekend when I am having family over for a post holiday celebration. They usually spend the night and my house is not up to par. They have graciously offered not to stay over, but I am trying to look at this as an opportunity to accomplish two things – get rid of more of the moving boxes and not worry if I’ll pass the white glove test. I don’t have to be perfect, I would rather enjoy their company. This year ‘Let It Go’ will be one of my mantras…

So what are you going to do this year? Now that the holidays are out of the way, it is the perfect time to plot out a stencil project. Freshen up the bathroom or dress up a table with a runner. Or simply take one of my upcoming workshops and let your imagination have a little fun. Don’t let it scare you, it’s just a coat of paint.

Remember to enjoy life and all it’s simple little pleasures this year. If nothing else, remember that. Life really is too short to worry or to be a perfectionist.

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