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We bought a house. It’s a ninteen sixty-something ranch style home, across the street from a huge lake, which happens to have a 5-mile trail around it. It is also only one minute from the hospital, if you don’t get stopped by the light. Even if you did, it would take maybe 3 minutes. This is important to us, because it means we are in the hospital district, and all of our daughter’s therapies are right in this area.
It is close to downtown, close to the beach (which also happens to be where my mother-in-law lives), close to our son’s school. We can get anywhere in town without having to drive on College Rd- which has the worst traffic. It is our perfect house. Sort of. Then again, the sort of makes it even more perfect.
The previous owner was an elderly gentleman who did not take care of it for several years, and it shows. The house has a musty, sweaty smell to it. It wasn’t the furniture, because when that left, the smell stayed. It’s in the carpet, and probably the walls. The kitchen feels sticky. When you are standing in it, you feel like the dirt and mess is sticking to you. There are cobwebs and dust and dead bugs in window sills.
Aside from the deep clean that the house needs (I’m not going to get into the bathrooms), there is no heat. Or A/C. There is a wood burning stove that the gentleman who lived here before us used for heat. (I have to assume he slept in the living room in the winter, because there is no way that heat gets all the way back to the bedrooms.) The light switches are probably original from the 60’s, and while the washing machine hookup is in the garage, the dryer vent is in the house.
Most importantly, it is exactly the house we would want. So we bought it. And because it is such a disaster, we get to completely renovate it so it becomes exactly our style. Without feeling guilty that it doesn’t really need it.
So, why am I writing about this on a mindset & wellness blog?
For a few reasons…
We manifested this house.
If you think I would’ve gone for wood paneling in any other house, you’re out of your mind. Conversely, Adam loves wood paneling and would put it in any and every space he could. In this house, it works. And amazingly enough I was the one who said let’s keep it. (Adam’s manifestation.)
It has a wet bar. I didn’t specifically ask the universe to bring me a house with a wet bar, but I did want a house that we could entertain in. Adam is not the biggest fan of having people over, but because of the wet bar he sees the back living space as a social area and is now quite excited to use it as such. (My manifestation.)
Other things, that both of us wanted, include the bedrooms being away from the living areas, an open kitchen with a lot of counter space and storage, a designated area for laundry/mudroom, a space for the kids to play and keep their toys, a place for my mom to sleep when she visits and a garage.
Not to mention the lot next to us and behind us can’t be built on, so we will always have a quiet area.
I don’t think there is one thing that we told the universe we wanted that we didn’t get.
Keeping a positive mindset throughout renovations, or any big change or intense work, can feel impossible.
My job, is to help you see how it is possible.
I will be using our experience, including any set backs, disappointments, successes or big wins, to discuss how to face these things when they come up in any situation in life.
I’m learning feng-shui.
And I will be incorporating it into how we decorate the new house.
Feng-shui is an energy system that has been practiced for thousands of years, and many people see real results in their lives from reworking how energy flows through their home.
Universal energy is a huge part of everything I talk about on this blog, whether I am specifically saying it in any given post or not, because it is what speaks to you through your intuition. It is what lead me to start blogging in the first place, and what fuels the benefits of meditation.
So as I learn about feng-shui and start applying it to the decorating of my home, I will be sharing what I am doing, and how it is affecting my life.
Like how when I covered all of the drains in my house yesterday, I scored my first sale from my biggest affiliate. (Toilet bowls and drains cause the biggest loss of positive energy from the home, including wealth. Put the lid down on the toilet and cover the drains to keep from “draining your funds”. Extra bonus: close the bathroom door.)
Mindset and wellness are a part of everyday life.
We need to be focusing on these things everyday without fail. Even when there is a lot going on, and we are busy and everything else feels like it needs first priority. In fact, at these times, we need to be focusing on it more.
I can’t wait for you to join me in our renovations!
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