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?

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Wind and Fall Block Letters

It’s windy!!!  I mean W-I-N-D-Y!!!  As I was pulling up the internet to begin this post a strong wind gust came up that sounded like it was going to blow the glass right out of the window in my office.  Anyone with windows made in the last 10 maybe even 20 years probably won’t understand this, but our windows are old so while very vintage and cool looking (maybe just to me) they are not super quiet or shall we say energy efficient.  When it’s windy they rattle all night and then sound like they are going to fly out of the wall.  It’s perfect for getting a great night sleep (I say as I yawn and take another sip of my coffee).

Speaking of the weather (how’d you like that segway?). . .

I am behind on getting decorated for fall.  Very behind!  The problem for me this year was the weather.  It just did not feel like fall.  In fact, until this wind storm some of my trees still had green leaves!  It’s hard to be getting in a cozy fall mood when it still feels summery outside.  Not that I am complaining because I have definitely been enjoying the warm weather and getting a lot of pre-winter outdoor projects completed.

In between working outside in the nice warm weather, I did get some fall projects completed just in time to take them down and start decorating for Christmas.  I’m super excited to begin the Christmas festivities, but I will try and slow down and enjoy the fall and Thanksgiving Holiday for now.

Today I am going to share with you my wood fall block project.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Here is a brief description of how to make this project.  I will be doing a similar project with more of a Christmas theme next week, but in the meantime comment or email with any questions.

Wood Fall Block Letters

First, you will need (4) pieces of a 1×6 cut into 5.5″ pieces (so they are square).  Cut more or less pieces if you decide to do a different word other than fall.  I would measure the width of your 1×6 as it will depend on the type of board you get, but most will be about 5.5″.  Next, sand your pieces as needed.  Stain to the color that you would like.  I stained mine with Minwax Special Walnut stain.  Print out the letters that you would like in the font style you like or use stencils.  I use Power Point and make a box the size of my squares and insert the letters into the box so I know how large I can make them.  For this project however, I used stencils that I had from another project.  Either trace using your stencils or set a piece of carbon paper (found at Office Depot) under your printout and trace the letters onto the wood.  Once you have the letters traced onto your wood then you can paint the letters with acrylic paint or a paint pen.  Once the letters are dry cover with a poly top coat.  I used Rustoleum water based polyurethane.  Staple with a staple gun a looped piece of twine to hang your wood letter blocks.

Wood Fall Block Letters

They are a perfect rustic fall addition to my decor.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember be creative, be inspired, and be authentic.

Lots of love,

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