Hello Old Blog and Good-Bye Old House

I can hardly believe it has been nearly two years since I last wrote a post for A GRAND REVIVAL.  Two years ago, I had decided to forgo detailing the transformation of our century home in favour of starting a blog with informative articles to give voice to the concerns and lives of mothers and female caregivers.  Well, that never happened.  What did happen? Life, my friends, life is what happened.  Basically, I found a full-time job in another town, and, soon after, we decided to commit to renovating our house and put it up for sale.

However, that’s not the end of that story.

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A GRAND REVIVAL Returns ………….. Well Sort of

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That’s how many days it has been since I last posted.  That’s almost one whole month!  Yikes!!!

Regardless, here I am — alive and well — ready to continue sharing some of my adventures in home reviving.

I must confess something though…

While I have really enjoyed creating this blog, and sharing how-to tips and inspiration photos, I have come to the realization that home decorating is not the only thing I want to blog about.  I still plan on reviving my home on a tight budget, but I will not be sharing as many details about the ins and outs of this process with the world anymore.  I will continue to post progress pictures, and maybe the occasional post about some of the decisions we have made regarding the transformation of our home, but I will not be posting as often as I originally intended (3x a week).

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Progress Confession, Part 2, or Why Multi-tasking is Dumb!

It has been strange not posting since early last week, but it has been very busy ’round here.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, I’ve been:

building watching Michael build stuff, sanding, staining, priming, painting, spray painting, framing and matting, deciding, deliberating, decorating, shopping, list making, more list making, freaking out over how much there is to do on my lists, calming myself down (eventually and only sort of) , realizing that reviving my home, just like reviving my life, will take time, patience, & positivity

 Feel free to take a look at some of the action and progress of the past couple of weeks…

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Unfortunately, my dear, (hopefully) patient readers, I must confess that I will not have both Lily’s and Liam’s bedrooms completed by Friday (big sigh).  That’s right folks, reality has bit me in the you know where once again!  I will, however, post progress pictures on Friday, and highlight some of the projects etc. that still need attending to…I promise, pinky-swear, cross my heart and hope to die…okay maybe that’s a bit extreme…I will try really, really hard to get some pictures up for you later this week 🙂

I suppose my expectations were too high — completely redecorating two rooms at once was not very realistic (given our budget and time restraints, anyway).  These last few weeks have been somewhat stressful, to be sure!

At least working on two rooms at once has taught me something:

NEVER WORK ON MORE THAN ONE ROOM AT A TIME!

HAHAHAHAHA!!!

 This experience has also reminded me how important it is to focus on one task at a time and be mindful of my actions in everything I do.  Remember the days when you could play with your favourite toy, or look for a four-leaf clover in a field, for hours at a time — when whatever you were doing was the only thing on your mind???  I miss that feeling, and would argue that most of us were very adept at single-tasking as children.  It is sad that by early adulthood this skill (yes, it is a skill) is beaten out of us; multi-tasking is viewed as not only important, but essential for a productive adult existence.

However…

I say BOO!!!…multi-tasking is dumb, and often makes us feel overwhelmed and disconnected from what we are doing.

I am not the only one who feels this way.  Check out these articles:

How NOT to Multitask – Work Simpler and Saner
http://zenhabits.net 
Multitasking Makes You Less Efficient: Study

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Is Multi-tasking Bad for your Brain? Experts Reveal the Hidden Perils of
Juggling too Many Jobs
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

So today I proclaim:

I will try harder to focus on one task or project at a time, and be more mindful of my actions with everything I do!!!

Wish me luck!