Well, we survived Thanksgiving, The Mayan Apocalypse, and Christmas. Now we anxiously await the final hurrah of the holidays: New Years Eve. I remember thinking last year that I had no resolutions to make, I was already delighted with the changes I had made in my life in 2011 and could see no need to wish for anything more than the bliss I already found myself in. This year, I realized something while I was giving my bedroom a make-over. It started with the smallest thing. We had bought the house 2 1/2 years ago and it was in good condition, but very dated. Naturally, I started with the kitchen and living room. Those are the places the guests see and the most common rooms of the house. I had visions for my room. I wanted it to be calming and serene. Mostly, I just wanted the horrible late 80’s mauve floral wallpaper border gone and to freshly paint the walls. After more than a year, I took a stab at it and I was pretty sure the wallpaper glue was made from some alien chemical that would be permanent. After little success, I gave up….
…until I was out thrifting with Sandy Pants and stumbled upon a headboard I loved with fabric I loathed. We snatched it up, headed back to her house and jazzed it up with a little help from our creative imaginations and the staple gun. Once I got home and put the headboard in place, I looked around my room and knew I couldn’t stop. The next few days included trips to Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Hobby Lobby. After scoring, spraying, soaking, and scraping, the border started coming off. It was a slow process at first, but the more we got done, the harder we worked. In two days time, the border was gone and the the walls were ready to be painted “Swimming Sea Turtle.” I changed my bedding and wall art, painted on Christmas Eve and within a few days, my bedroom was completely made-over!
Once the high of having a brand new bedroom started wearing off I felt mad at myself. I had all these plans and visions that I never acted on. Why? I tend to be a dreamer AND a doer, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get off my ass and make my personal sanctuary a sanctuary. That was just it, it took one small motivator. Once we made the headboard and saw how awesome it was, I could envision everything else falling into place. Although I had taken the first step when I started and failed with the border removal a year ago, I should have tried another step instead of just giving up altogether.
Back to resolutions…
I’m not going to make myself any false promises or be cheesy about the end of the year. If you know me at all, you know that I’m not going to willingly exercise, I only drink water on accident (while brushing my teeth & showering) or when I’m hungover. If I lose weight it will be because I have most likely lost a limb, if I remember to wash my face every night before bed my pillowcases will be thankful, but let’s get real…
The one resolution I will make that I plan to abide by is this:
Real change takes one small step. If the step isn’t easy (like removing decades old wallpaper border) try another step. Once you’ve accomplished one small thing, the rest doesn’t seem so big. It took one thrift shop headboard to start the chain reaction to a complete redo. Call it “Bedroom 2.o” It’s still the same room, same dimensions, same square feet, just better. That’s what I intend to do with myself. Not change at the core, still me, only better.
And that, my friends, is what Elizabeth 2.0 is all about.
Happy New Year, All! May it be filled with family, blessings, love, health, safety, and of course, that first small step.