I was pretty excited to have some time between school and moving that I could do some DIY house projects, but there is only so much you can do before you are actually in a space. Here is my place so far, not done but at least looks more like me ;)
My entry -- kitchen to the right
Other side of the entry -- closet, laundry, and bathroom to the left
Thought my bathroom needed some color... ;)
Back out to the right of the entryway ... my kitchen
Bar and stools ... thank you again, Mom, for letting me take the barstools;)
My DIY pillows and gallery wall
Accent chair and bookshelf, door leading out to the balcony
^special note about that starfish dish: it's from some special Silverton friends and I think about them every time I drop keys or watches in it ;)
I'm pretty pleased with it: West Elm table that I found on Craigslist and then refinished the top of.
My work setup that currently inhabits part of my table
From living room to bedroom...
My tufted headboard ... my biggest DIY so far but it was so fun.
Bedroom dresser top
My yucca plant and balcony.
I thought a grown up apartment needed plants, plus a little green wouldn't hurt.
We'll see if I can keep them alive ;)
Back to the entry. My work bag and shoes ready to go for retail tomorrow AM.
Last Friday marked officially one month that I've lived in Connecticut. Most of the times it feels like it hasn't been that long, but it has been months leading up to this so in other ways it feels like this has been forever. So far the adjustment has gone well... mostly I've just been busy! When I think back to a month ago...
Goodbyes in Silverton and at home were hard. I always knew they would be, but it still was challenging. The finality of it. This isn't forever, but for a time and who knows when I'll be back. On my redeye flight the next evening, the flight attendants briefed us and then the captain came on and said, "If anyone does not wish to travel with us to Philadelphia, now is your last opportunity to deplane". It was odd hearing those words (do pilots usually say that??) but my heart didn't immediately think me. I knew I was supposed to be on that plane and while it might feel better in the short-term to stay, I knew it wasn't God's plan for me right now.
The next few days were a flurry of figuring out where gas and groceries are, trying not to get lost in my apartment building, exploring the river and walking trails nearby, and waiting to hear from my moving truck. All while sleeping on a camping mat in my empty apartment (that was not a highlight). Luckily my truck came Saturday and JaNae helped me move in, and then a group of us went to fireworks in New London. I have felt so blessed for such friends out here ... I really don't know how I would be adjusting without such a warm and open church family. God is watching out for me, as always. After church on Sunday I headed up to New York for my first day of work and two weeks of training.
Housatanic River view from outside my building
New London where the fireworks were
My first day of work. Also, some of what I had accumulated after the two weeks of training.. ;) The perks of working for a CPG company. Lots of ice cream tasting too;)
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.