Friday, April 19, 2013

The Energy that I Found!

The strangest thing happened less than a month ago. I was sick. Okay, so that wasn't strange because I always get sick, but I had such a severe virus that is has left me without smell or taste. that's the strange part. I'm slowly but surely working my way at trying to get my smell and taste back as I'm 100% healthy. It's the most bizarre thing. Instead of complaining about no taste or smell I've embraced this new experience. I have eaten foods I always hated and I also have been eating better. I might as well eat those gross, healthy foods when I can't taste them, right? 

What also happened after I was health again, I have this amazing burst of energy. I mean "Crazy, where the HECK did you come from energy?" I've been so much more motivated with Wedding Planning and our house! I cleaned out my entire closet and reorganized it all (see below). I went through boxes that were packed away from our first apartment that I have not touched in over 6 years. I threw away things I thought were necessary to save, but were not. I eliminated a lot of clothes and gave them away. It feels so great to simplify my life. 

After my closet was finished and I came across boxes filled with frames and random home accessories I completed my Wall of Frames in the Living Room. Of course, I need to add more photos and rotate some old ones out, but it's beautiful in my eyes!

Then last Sunday night at 7:00pm after running around all day, I decided to tear up the carpet in our spare room not sure what was underneath, but I took the chance. To our surprise there were finished, beautiful, hardwood floors below that crappy carpet! This week I spent cleaning and organizing the room, using furniture we already owned to give the room it's final touches. Our Black & White spare room, I love it!

Little by little.. we've been in our home for over 3 years and it took me this long to get here.. but I'm here and ready to continue improving this home to officially make it our home with our special love & touches!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Loving my smile!

If you remember my post back in October [here] you'll see that one of my lists of life changes was my teeth. It's something that I always wanted corrected, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would ever happen.... well it did. Last July at the office I work at (visit: Dr. Elena-Lee Ritoli, Orthodontics) I got braces on. Just a little over 8 months they are now off and my teeth have never looked so beautiful. I'm in awe and can't stop looking at my teeth in the mirror. Will this infatuation with my teeth end? I don't think it ever will, haha. I always loved smiling but now it's a different smile. There's more confidence behind my smile and I feel amazing. She does amazing work at the office in West Hartford. If you need an orthodontic, that's the place to go. I will now enjoy my first weekend without braces to eat all the foods I was good about and never ate, I'll enjoy some red wine, chips and something really, really chewy. Oh.. I am in love with my smile. Love YOUR smile!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cleaning out a closet one box at a time.

This evening I began cleaning out my closet. When I say cleaning out my closet, I really mean removing every thing from it. Since we moved in which was over 3 years ago, I have so many boxes on shelves in my closet. They torment me every day that I reach into the closet for an article of clothing. The boxes stress me out. Do you know that feeling? Since they stress me out and they reside in my closet with clothes and my closet resides in our spare room, I feel a weight on my shoulders each day that I get changed. It's been over 3 years and I continue to feel this way, because I've been too lazy to go through those boxes. I finally began the plunge this evening and even though I'm not even halfway finished I already feel relieved in a way.

What I loved about going through some of the boxes was all the interesting things that I found packed away from our apartment which we lived prior to buying our house. One of the things that I found was a notebook. Okay, realistically I found over 10 notebooks because I'm a nut when it comes to notebooks. I have created tons of poetry books, to do list's, random thought notebooks and also password books. It's unbelievable the amount of notebooks that were packed away in the boxes and also those hidden throughout our house. 

In one of the notebooks it lists all these things I wanted to change about myself & life in general. I can't even imagine how many other notebooks are similar to this one. I smiled though looking at the list. Why? Well, because the first few things on the list was "stop biting my nails... clear up acne..".. 

Have I mentioned that nail biting has been a habit I literally was born with, haha. I've struggled with biting my nails forever. I was never a girl that could paint her nails, because the nail polish was gone the following day. I never liked anyone seeing my hands, because I lived with so many people making negative comments about my nails. I've tried so many techniques & tips to quit biting my nails and nothing lasted. Go figure, that I get braces last July and without techniques & tips I stopped biting my nails. All because, well, I couldn't bite my nails with the braces.  It's a great feeling to paint my nails and make them look all pretty & girly. 

The second thing on my list was to clear up my face. Another thing I've been dealing for a long time. A little over 10 years now. I've tried everything under the sun (I'm sure you've heard that before). I really have.. except I had never gone to a doctor. Maybe it was my own pride and being too stubborn. I finally did in October and after a few months it's finally life changing for me. My face is not close to perfect, but it's a far way from where it began. I'm happy.

So you can see why I smiled tonight opening a box and looking through the old notebooks. Two things are checked off a list that has been rewritten over and over for what has been more than a decade of my life. I have so many other things on that list and slowly things are being checked off. 

Clean out your closet... you will feel accomplished.. maybe take some of that weight off your shoulders... perhaps you'll simplify your life a little (even if it's just your closet)... you'll learn about yourself too. :)