i felt a little guilty asking abbey to do a guest post so i could focus on renovations for a few weeks knowing that they are heavy into their own renovations. but she graciously accepted and sent a lovely reminder that life is NOT about renovations and getting them done as quickly as possible! thanks, abbey!
by abbey from aesthetic outburst
My husband and I bought our old, previously-abandoned farmhouse almost 1 year ago. Over the course of the past year, we've been knee-deep in renovation projects, busily trying to make the house our home. What I quickly came to realize was just how much accumulating projects can weigh on a person's well-being. With that in mind, we decided to plant a large vegetable garden, and, as it turns out, it was exactly what we needed to keep us from focusing on all of our unfinished projects. Each evening, we head out into our garden to water, weed, and pick fresh veggies, and then head into the half-finished kitchen to experiment with our harvest. After reading this article in the NY Times, I cooked up a bunch of Zucchini blossoms that even our young kids enjoyed. Unfinished projects have happily taken a back seat to our new, favorite daily ritual. Not in the middle of a renovation? Don't have a garden? My point is this: whatever way you can, seize the opportunity each day to reset as a family.