• Lori

Life is Messy!

So lets take a moment to discuss life. Life is MESSY! Life is BUSY! Life goes by FAST! We tend to focus on the positive and the perfect because showing the messy is sometimes hard to stomach. Letting the world see your imperfections or failures can be hard, but as I’ve grown up I’ve learned all of those imperfections and failures have lead me to where I am today! Where I am today I am very thankful for, but by NO means is it without imperfections or failures. I am married and have two beautiful girls. I work full time as well as I am part owner in The Simple Things. All of these things come with a time commitment and let me tell you some things we just don’t have time for and they simply fall through the cracks. Not because I don’t care or because I wouldn’t want it to look better or a million other reason. It is simply because there are only so many hours in the day and so many things that I value as important that I dedicate those precious hours we have each day. So todays Blog post is about the Messy part of life.


We remodeled and moved into our home 13 years ago.


the MESSY before
The MESSY before

Now lets think about 13 years ago. ( HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Where has time gone?????) 13 years ago we had just gotten married, we didn’t have any kids, and we each had full time jobs. The desire to have beautiful bountiful landscaping and garden was one of my top priorities since we had just finished remodeling the farmhouse I wanted landscaping would just be the icing on the cake for me. We were able to put in a pond, which I had always wanted, beautiful brick edging and so many beautiful plants. I LOVED IT ALL! I was so happy with how it turned out and I was very proud of it.

Now fast forward 13 years. Here is the horrible embarrassing real life photo of how my priorities have changed. While I would love to have a beautiful pond, landscaping, and garden it doesn’t fit into our crazy Life. I had debated the removal of the landscaping for several months. I also pondered this blog post. Am I ready to share with the world my failure? I kept going back to being genuine. I am not alone in having these types of situations in life and I always want to be genuine. Real Life isn’t what we see in magazines, tv, or Pinterest.

Yesterday was the day I said goodbye to all of that constant reminder of my failure to not be able to fit it all in and how my very visual representation on how priorities had changed over the past 13 years. As the first swipe went through my once cherished landscaping I felt FREE!

The AFTER

I felt my embarrassment go away, I felt relieved that I didn’t have to look at it and think about how I should be spending my time out there. Just freedom from the guilt of not keeping up with. A since of relief it was all going to be gone. I hadn’t ever imaged the instant freedom I would feel, but I did. Sometimes letting go while hard is necessary.

While there is still work to be done grass seed and maybe a couple other design elements, but the main issue is gone. I am excited to add some of the small details that I think will make a big impact. I will share a picture again later after I have added those things.

Hopefully this will encourage you to embrace the craziness and how messy life can be. We have plans to share with you some other fun and exciting projects.





-Kristen




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