What does remodeling have to do with midlife?

by midlifecrisisqueen on April 20, 2014

I have had three conversations in the past three days with midlife women who are remodeling their homes… including myself!  What is it about midlife and remodeling?  I, of course, have my own theories about this…

Midlife means time to change in my experience, and what better place to begin than changing something in your surroundings?

sunroom after exteriorMy divorce at age 49 stimulated all sorts of major changes for me, mostly because I had to move into a much smaller and older home… OK, let’s just call it rundown.  My saving grace after my divorce was slowly fixing up my home bit by bit as I could afford it.

I started with small improvements like a new garden, a solar tube for more natural lighting and carpeting, and ended up turning a nasty old south-facing screened-in porch into a lovely new sun room.  In this way I added square footage to my home, lots of sunlight, while also bringing down my heating bills.

Sunroom looking towards backMore importantly, my new sun room was just the thing for my mental health!  The whole experience made me feel happy, productive and creative, plus it showed me the way to a more positive future.

That construction project made me say to myself: “Look how you took an ugly space and made it beautiful!”

Sunroom afterSurrounded by growing plants inside and out, sitting in the sun each morning with my shelties by my side, that became my best creative space, the perfect place to plan my new life.

I felt so safe and secure ensconced in that solid new room created especially for me, by me.

Learn more about how midlife changes come about and change everything in my book: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside!

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Home Sales Prep: Carpets in… next?

by midlifecrisisqueen on April 19, 2014

I realized just now what a marathon this whole home sales prep has turned into for us, but we keep checking each item off the list until “listing day” arrives, hopefully this next week.  One month in, and we are almost done with our part of the process!

We’ve trimmed the trees and raked the lawn, and luckily we are having some nice spring showers here in Fort Collins lately.  We’ve had walls built back in, repaired and painted, translating into dry wall dust EVERYWHERE and some fairly toxic smelling odors!  These past two days we had new carpeting installed.  Check, check and check.

Since we hired others to do most of this work, you might think this process would not have been exhausting for us.  You would be quite wrong.  Heck even my dog is totally ragged out today!

All that’s left is the final staging of what’s left of our furniture and miscellaneous things pre-selected by our interior designer to stay until we get a contract on the house.  I love the way she sweeps in here and starts ordering us around… really looking forward to that!

And then we get to leave at a moment’s notice whenever someone requests a showing.  We can only hope it sells fast.  Then we’ll be officially homeless!

 

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Eclipses and Personal Transformation

April 15, 2014

Everyone’s buzzing about the ‘blood moon’ eclipse last night.  What most may not know is the emotional impact these eclipses can have on your life. Astrology may seem like bunk, but I know from decades of personal experience that eclipses often represent times of emotional turmoil or chaos.  In other words, opportunities for change. My [...]

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The Process of Selling Your Home These Days… [or why I threw myself down the stairs this week!]

April 13, 2014

Little did I know what selling your home is like these days.  I knew I was in for a wild ride, but geez! First step, staging.  This is when someone you just met comes into your home and tells you everything that’s wrong with it.  Why?  Because you need to know what furniture you need [...]

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Oh no! I fell down a flight of stairs…

April 11, 2014

Falling under the “believe it or not” category, I did a header down a whole flight of stairs on my birthday two days ago! We have so much construction and painting going on at our house, as we prepare it for sale.  Who knew we needed new “accent walls” etc.? I was trying not to [...]

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