Rooting for Yourself

Rooting for Yourself | The Urban Pig

 [image via Kristen Delap]

This week, there were a couple instances where I found myself being full-heartedly cheered on by a stranger. Each time started with a short conversation and for some reason, ended with the person showing their excitement for what I am doing and cheering me on to keep going, even when I think I am crazy. It is funny how a person we hardly know can be our biggest advocates and believe so much in what we are doing, especially when in our own minds we have so many doubts and worries. I felt so amazing after those conversations, thinking to myself, “Yes, I CAN do this!”

Yes, my friends, we can accomplish anything we set our hearts to. Today, I want to be your advocate and cheer you on. I want to let you know that I believe in your wildest dreams and I know you can make them happen if you truly desire to do so!

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Slowing Down

Slowing Down | The Urban Pig

Lately, I have been proving myself wrong in many ways, mostly in the sense of my personality differing from what I have always described it as. I have always been a planner, and I still am in some ways, like with long-term goals. But this year seems to be a time of quick decision making, such as moving back from Denver, moving into a rental home (photos from around the house), starting my own business, and more. It’s been a lot of excitement, but at the same time it has left me in a state of mind where I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. I haven’t had the much needed time to digest each decision and really take in what is happening. It’s been kind of a scary thing for me! Luckily, everything is working out fine so far; my mind just needs to take some time to catch up with what my body is doing. I know how important it is to enjoy the journey of life events such as these and I really want to have that appreciation for the present time in which I am living.

After coming to this realization, I have definitely been able to clear some of the doubts in my mind. Those doubts like, “should I really follow through with this business thing?” (only because our income was a bit less than we wanted it to be to save for a house, then I realized it was definitely worth it), or “maybe we should just buy a house rather than build…” (again, I realized it will be worth it!). These doubts tend to creep up when I am exhausted and stressed like I had been the last few weeks. Once I had a tiny bit of time to sit and think and discuss them with Connor, we realized anything worth doing is not going to come easy, or quickly for that matter. So I decided not only is it time to slow down and give myself the opportunity to fight my fears rather than trying to suppress them, it is also time to slow down and see how far we have come and be okay with the fact that some things just take time! I am working hard mentally to change that timeline in my head that says I need to start building a house this year and have a fantastic business at the same time. Of course it is dreamy to think about, but really not practical in reality. All we can do is work toward those goals and in time, they will be achieved.

Slowing Down | The Urban Pig

Slowing Down | The Urban Pig

In the meantime, there is always so much to be thankful for, we just need to soak it in and count our blessings, even the small ones. There will be a time to stress about the happenings in life, and it is easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with everyone around you. But remember to take a deep breath every once in a while, focus on yourself and do the best you can.

Craft Projects With Logs

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

Clean up from last month’s wind storms is finally wrapping up around here, including the giant pine that fell behind our house. The men of the household have been busy with the chainsaw, cutting it down into pieces and loading it up in the truck. At the same time I have been inspired by the craft projects I have seen on Pinterest using wood logs. The first one I wanted to make was these wood bookends, so I snatched up one of the logs from behind the house and had Connor cut it into quarters. Then, I used a chisel to remove the bark (much easier than I was expecting, thankfully!). I let the wood sit out in the sun for a few days to dry out, as the bark had left a mushy residue behind. Now that it is all dried out, I just need to put on a clear coat to protect the wood from bugs and crumbling over time.

(The same day, I was re-potting some overgrown plants, so I took some photos of them using the wood, and it inspired me to use them as plant stands as well!)

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

Craft Projects With Logs | The Urban Pig

A few of my favorite wood projects that I am hoping to do in the future!
1. Stump and ink prints…Absolutely stunning!
2. Wooden Christmas tree ornaments…So cute! It reminds me of an old tradition we had where every year my dad would paint a wooden piece like these with a mural from a vacation or big event from the year. It was a great way to reminisce each year while setting them out for display!
3. Log planter…Love the two natural elements being used together.

Bedroom Makeover

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

It took us a while to really get going on our bedroom, because I guess the main floor seemed more important, or other rooms were in worse shape. But the outcome of our personal space made me wonder why we hadn’t started sooner. It’s like a retreat from the world and it has a calming feeling that relaxes me right before sleep. It’s perfect.

It took us a few tries to get the paint right. And by a few tries, I mean 5. All except one of these tries we were smart enough to get the little sample size paints, the other time, we were dumb enough to buy 5-gallons of a color that turned baby-blue (Next time, I will think twice about buying the clearance mis-tints). The color we ended up with though is pretty dynamic; it changes a lot with the all the natural daylight in the room. During the day, it is a light grey, bright and neutral. At night, it darkens and feels like I am being wrapped in a cozy blanket.

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

We worked hard to find savings for this room, as we hadn’t really budgeted much for it besides the cost of paint. We got all of our bedding on Black Friday from Target, we got clearance curtains at IKEA for $4.99 each, and we did a lot of research for the best price on a new mattress and bed frame. We kept our nightstands and lights from our previous apartment, and we plan to refinish our dresser. I’d say it pulled together pretty nicely. But before I show you the final product, ready for the “before”?

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

The bedroom was painted dark brown (like the rest of the house) and it made the giant room feel small and closed in, despite the vaulted ceilings. We knew from seeing the previous owner’s furniture that a tall bed also made the space feel small. There was a ceiling fan, but no lights. Overall, it just felt dark and small.

We chose a color that reflected the natural daylight and emphasized the tall ceilings (they go up to like 13′-0″!!). Later, we might add a painted high-gloss white wood ceiling. A low bed gives the ceiling more room to breathe. Bright white curtains draw your attention to the window and light and really help to brighten the space. We  plan to change the ceiling fan to one with a light to get better lighting. We still need to hang some art as well.

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Bedroom Makeover | The Urban Pig

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

We have been on a bit of a pause working on our house the last week or two; rejuvenating our ideas and spending time with family this last weekend. I must admit, it was a pleasant break from the house, and I might continue to take advantage of stepping back from the work to think through our next steps for our home. Connor and I finally got netflix, so between watching our favorite tv shows, and planning some adventures to get outside, our home has been on the back-burner a bit. We were actually out looking to purchase bicycles, when we stopped by Goodwill, and found a beautiful solid wood dresser for just $60. We snagged it up to use for our front entry. The area isn’t quite set up yet, but to get the existing furniture out of the way, we moved it to the back entry/mudroom and spent some time working there. It’s not how I imagine it in the future when it is complete, but it is 100 times better than having a bare room (how it was just yesterday), even if it is just temporary.

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

It’s funny how furniture can change just based on the room it is in and the combination of items it is with. I have been pretty unhappy with our front entry, which held the same chair and cubed shelving. Moving it to the back entry gave it a whole different look, but I’m not exactly sure why. It makes me happy to see the spaces evolve and come together.

Mudroom Makeover

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