When you dare accept a job in an unknown town where you know no one…your mindset must stay positive;
you must consider this change-- a new adventure. After endless moves, I learned to create what I call “Life With a View.”
No, I’m not referring to my “view
point”. I’m describing a personal sanctuary that creates happiness inside me. To keep my life and many moves-- affordable, I stored all my "forever" furnishings with a reputable storage company. My trusty JEEP CHEROKEE would transported
me to my next “job”--with all my personal items and necessities packed around me. Once I found an apartment to rent, I’d furnish it by shopping first for a bed frame and a new mattress then--my first full weekend--- the real adventure would
I’ve always needed my surroundings to be less stressful, more harmonious than chaotic and…as attractive as possible. Natural Light means everything
to me. When searching for a place to live, I look for windows, lots and lots of windows. It’s impossible to feel sad or unhappy when you can view the sky, admire the trees, and enjoy the company of birds.
But, when you must compromise and take whatever’s available to rent then---you create windows by hanging mirrors in strategic places. Sounds expensive, right? Absolutely not! I’ve found super-low prices on
mirrors in such places as Habitat for Humanity, Resale Shops, and Goodwill Stores. And, never under-estimate Garage Sale Bargains!
From the beginning of my many job-changing moves,
I invested in a large tool kit which includes a good hammer, drill, hand saw, and multiple picture-hanging accessories-- including wire, hooks, molly bolts, and a stud-finding device that includes a level. I believe in doing my own labor whenever possible.
Regardless of what happened at my day jobs, I always looked forward to "going home". I planned it that way. Home represented my security, my safe haven, my private world. Throughout my life,
mostly alone, I recognized my need for pretty surroundings; for a personally-pleasing home. And I pride myself on knowing how to shop with an eye for beauty and--for bargains!
no longer working, I still need to feel at-home. Home means I have "views" in all directions; that my pretties and wonderful treasures are all around me. Sure, I’ve sold much and given even more away, but….I could never say goodbye to my
favorites. Even today, my pretties greet me each morning... like family. When I leave-- then return home-- my one-of-a-kind treasures are patiently waiting, ready to share their eye-catching beauty….and our unique history…together.
Loving to describe everything with words, I created this quote to share my Life With A View:
"Always trust your heart
to see what the eyes are unable to comprehend."