A short time ago I got laid off. It was a bit of a shock to the system. It's not that I necessarily defined myself by my job, exactly. But I did define myself as a career woman. And now I'm unemployed.
On many levels, it's not such a bad thing. I am one of the lucky ones. My husband is still employed, thank goodness. We need to cut back but we're not in desperate straits just yet. But from a psychological perspective I know that I have to find good use for my time while I'm looking for a new gig. If I'm going to be out of work, I'm gonna make the most of it and take advantage of the gift of time that I've been given.
I decided to start this blog to document what I accomplish during this time. For me, it's important to feel like I'm making a contribution to my family. While I know that those contributions have always been more than just my income, I do feel that I need to find ways to compensate for the lack of it. So now, I'll have different contributions. It might be home improvement. It might be trying a new recipe. It might be organizing something that's gotten out of control during our busy lives. But the goal is that each day I will find something new to stretch my abilities and try to make our lives a little bit better.
My first project was to paint and decorate the master bathroom. Of course, being out of work means that I'm on a very tight budget. And I'm not a carpenter so don't expect HGTV-type renovations here. Unfortunately, now that I have the time to do these things I don't have the money to do everything exactly the way I'd like. But therein lies the challenge.
Not knowing I was going to start this blog, I didn't take "before" pictures of this particular project. Which is a shame because, trust me - the difference is dramatic! Picture blah white walls that hadn't been painted in probably 20 years (we've lived here for nine). Picture ugly glass shelves. Picture a medicine cabinet with a corner of the mirror broken off. Not pretty.
I chose Martha Stewart colors matched in Home Depot paint. Lily Pad for the walls and Heavy Cream for the ceiling and trim. I hated the green at first. But after it dried I liked it more. And now that I have accessories in, I love it. Take a look:
I'm not quite finished. New towels would be nice but that's not going to happen until I'm employed again. I need to find some artwork but haven't found anything I like in my price range yet. And today I purchased some fabric to make window treatments:
But that's a project for another day.