Out With the Old

Whitewash Pots

As you might have already gathered, when we were getting ready to move from the ranch I was mentally ready for a fresh start.  This topped with the fact that due to our closing date being moved up two weeks, me catching a really bad cold/flu something, and our downsizing to a smallish storage unit and an even smaller RV made for the perfect storm of stress induced delirium that caused a lot more of our stuff to end up at the thrift store or the trash than in our storage unit.  This is mostly a good thing. . . at this point the only two things I am really sad that ended up in one of those two places are my Patagonia pull over and my LL Bean long underwear.  Both of which after living with me at the ranch for 4 years were very much in need of retirement and I’m pretty sure that it might not have been an accident that they are no longer around???

Whitewash Pots

Anyhoo, as we were ending our travel time period and are now settling into our new little temporary rental, I am realizing quite a few things that I no longer own.  Which again is great because I am all about starting fresh right now, but you don’t really realize how many little things that you have which are pretty helpful. . . ie. I no longer have a paper towel holder or tables or flower pots.  We didn’t have a bed or chairs either, but we have remedied those already.

Whitewash Pots

A couple weeks ago I got my TINY little front porch all ready for fall, but when I got home with a couple cute plants I realized that I no longer own any flower pots.  After far more deliberation than it should have taken of the small selection of pots that Wal-mart had from summer I decided that I would customize some inexpensive terra cotta pots rather than pay (in Wal-mart terms) quite a bit more for their version of the same “whitewash” pots I was envisioning.  So, for the price of one pot I got 3 pots.

Whitewash Pots

Here’s a breakdown:

How To Whitewash Pot

What you need:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Paint in color of your choice (I used some latex that I had extra of)
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior Poly-urethane (I used Varathane Exterior Poly-urethane in the spray can)

How To Whitewash Pot

Using a dry brush technique paint the surface of your pots:

  • Barely dab the paint brush in the paint and dab off excess paint on a paper towel or scrap wood
  • Lightly brush paint on surface pressing harder as there is less and less paint on the brush
  • Repeat these steps until you reach the desired look

How To Whitewash Pot

How To Whitewash Pot

I cracked this pot before I finished. . . I’m going to stick with the story that I was going for a more aged look so the crack was planned.

How To Whitewash Pot

Spray the outside of the pots with exterior poly-eurethane.  I did not paint or poly the inside of the pots since I was planting real plants in them and I wasn’t sure how these things would be for the health of the plants???  Since I have enough trouble remembering to water my live plants I didn’t want to give them any additional life challenges.

Whitewash Pots

Cute, simple, and inexpensive. . . my favorite things!

Whitewash Pots

Has anyone else de-cluttered during a move and then later wondered what you were thinking?  Overall, though I’m happy with the fresh start and a change of scenery both location and decor wise.

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Whitewash Pots

Fall Transitions

Fall PorchIn honor of fall I’d like to talk about transitions.  I love the two transitional seasons, spring and fall, the most.  Really what’s not to love?  Beautiful views and perfect temperatures are the best.

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The last year. . . year and a half. . . maybe two years have been a total transitioning time period for me, and it has shown in my posting.  My posting schedule can be summed up as slow and sporadic.  My first instinct is to apologize for my lack of posting, but in all honesty I’m really not sorry.  I needed this time.  This transitional time was a combination of out of control busy with getting the ranch on the market, working full time, selling the ranch, moving from the ranch (that was an experience that I needed a vacation from in itself), and then giving ourselves a much needed extended vacation.  I can’t fully explain how stressful, exhausting, maddening, and ultimately eye opening these experiences were for us.  When we went on the road it was to get away and take a break, but I also had big plans to revamp all of my “heart” projects and to blog here along the way since this had taken a backseat with everything else we had going on.

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To be honest, I tried, but I couldn’t get motivated.  I told myself I should be working, but I wanted to relax, to sleep in, to contemplate life, to not be okay and then to just be okay, and to enjoy time.  It was needed time.  It was time I wish I would have taken when I was 20 instead of when I was 33, but it probably wouldn’t have had the same results then.  It was time where I truly got to the heart of my. . . I don’t want to call it unhappiness. . . we’ll call it my joylessness.  I realized that I have been doing the motions on idle, but was not engaged or enthralled in my life anymore.

Fall Porch

Fall Porch

I am a people pleaser.  I’ve always been that way, and I have a love hate relationship with this part of me.  What I didn’t realize is how important it is to also please myself.  I needed to start over in a career that excites me, motivates me, and makes a difference in the world.  I need to give myself me time, family time, and fun time.  And most importantly I needed to make day to day life extraordinary.  I was in a massive rut, and it was just getting deeper and deeper.  I needed to drag myself out of that huge hole and start fresh.

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Fall Porch

I’ve always struggled with the purpose of this blog.  I love doing it, and I still love doing home projects, but what is the greater purpose of it?  In all of these epiphany’s I decided that I want this to be an inspiring space. . . both to inspire us (me and you) to try new things, but to also inspire us (me and you) to create a life we love.  It’s so important to find your calling, to learn to take time for yourself, and most importantly to make your life extraordinary.  I have updated (for like the 5,000th time) my about me page with what I feel like is the most authentic version.  I want this place to be inspiring for you, but also for me.  I want to connect with other people striving for their dreams, their joy, and a happy filled life.  I feel like it sounds cheesy, but you know what sometimes cheesy is good!

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Thanks for letting me feelings puke on you!  I’m excited about the changes I’ve set forth in my life and blog.  I’m moving forward with motivation, exhilaration, and joy. . . which is a breathtaking experience.  We have officially settled into a small rental while we figure out where we want to land more permanently, and I am enjoying small rental living to its fullest!  You’ve been seeing some fall decorating that I did on our very tiny front porch.  More to come very soon!

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Has anyone else had a time period in their life where they made huge changes?  Does anyone else feel like they are in a life rut?  What do you love to do that is just for you?  I’d love to hear if anyone else can relate to this?

Until Next Time,

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