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New Work

IMG_3395This is a painting I started a while ago and am just getting back to it today.  

I am painting through constant banging all around me.  

Today hardwood floors are being installed in our kitchen.  The linoleum in our kitchen was white, worn and awful.  Even when I got on my hands and knees and scrubbed the floor, I still felt like it was never ever really clean.  So I am beyond excited about this new floor.  But, it is really loud here and I am noticing that I am anxious around all the noise.  The banging is intense.  It is non-stop.

I am super grateful that we are having work done on our house- it is going to be so much better when it’s done!  (We are turning our home into a Soul Space.)  At the same time, I am not as productive as I usually am.  My schedule around here is way off and I feel like I am way behind in just about everything.  I know I am dropping balls by not returning emails and phone calls.  I’m overwhelmed by constant flow of contractors in and out of our house.  Our furniture and appliances have been pulled and displaced, and add to how much things are unsettled (and a mess).  In situations like this, I feel very highly-sensitive to the chaos around me.  

This situation gives me a chance to work on accepting what is.  Accepting that I am good enough just as I am, even when I am not being as productive.  Accepting that my “overwhelmed” tendencies are just thoughts in my mind.  Accepting and understanding that this is a Both/And situation.  Both a super big blessing And a stressor.  It is teaching me patience and gratitude.  And reminding me again of the importance of self-care.  It’s all good.

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  • Alia May 31, 2013

    I just had the feeling I needed to come by your beautiful space today, and am so glad I did! I can relate to this so much. For many months now, a small hotel has been going up just feet away from my home. Constant banging, sawing, hollering, cigarette smoke, etc… It has taught me patience and acceptance in a big way, whether I wanted it or not. 🙂 For us HSPs, it’s even more challenging. Taking deep breaths with you. You are always an inspiration to me, Lori, and I love you dearly.

  • aimee May 31, 2013

    You are a brave girl!! A few years ago we had our garage torn down and rebuilt and it took about 6 months out of my life to manage it — and that was outside work! I can’t imagine what it must be like to have people banging and clanging and inside your house. I know it will all be worth it when done and can’t wait to see your Soul Space!

  • Kristie Haley June 23, 2013

    This situation gives me a chance to work on accepting what is. Accepting that I am good enough just as I am, even when I am not being as productive. Accepting that my “overwhelmed” tendencies are just thoughts in my mind. Accepting and understanding that this is a Both/And situation. Both a super big blessing And a stressor. It is teaching me patience and gratitude. And reminding me again of the importance of self-care. It’s all good.

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