As 2014 came to a close, we welcomed in the New Year, 2015. Though we take with us lasting memories, lessons learned, and meaningful experiences, we do in some respect say goodbye to the past,
in order to welcome in the new.
We inevitably let go...
And there is no doubt that it can be tough to let go, to remove that which has become so familiar and commonplace. For those of you starting a remodel, moving homes, facing a life change, getting married...or divorced, learning to live through the recent loss of a loved one, sending a child off to college, starting a new job or...retiring from one-- you know what I am talking about.
But once you lean in and face the fear of letting go, the promise of new opportunities and new memories can be rejuvenating. It is a way to see with fresh eyes.
A new year gives us a chance to start anew, to rebuild and renew. It offers us a chance to bring forward all that we have learned, all that we value, and all that we have become, in order to build a new version of our lives. We see the opportunity to bring our renewed spirit to build a life inspired...a life that resonates, because it is authentic and elevated. This is our moment to build a life with meaning, purpose, emotion, passion, and spirit...infusing it with substance and soul.
"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one." -unknown
This new year is your blank canvas waiting to be painted, it is your new chapter waiting to be written.
For Jeff and I, we have chosen to breathe beauty, warmth, comfort, vibrancy and renewed spirit to the place we call home. Jeff and I have taken some huge Bigfoot-like steps as we have dismantled Casa Gertruda, and have begun to rebuild it anew. Whether your steps are big bold leaps, or small cautious steps, I do hope you embrace the opportunity to take them in 2015...to breathe new life into what matters to you. Whether it be to your relationships, your home, your job, or your spirit; rejuvenate in this new year. Let go of something old, to make space for something new. Let go...be it fear, guilt, a bad habit, a failed pattern, an unhealthy relationship, a bitter heart, a grudge that eats away at you...simply release your grip on that, and let it go.
And grab onto: a new goal, a dream home, a healthy lifestyle, a hobby, a job, or just a new outlook. You will be happily surprised at the power of change.
So, from our work in progress, Casa Gertruda,
I wish you all a happy new year. I hope 2015 will be the year that you find inspiration and nourish your soul. May this year be the beginning of something truly inspired and memorable.
View from backyard through the dining room, and towards entry and guest room.
View of kitchen...and makeshift contractor staging area.
View of office with what will be a stunning corner window, and the beginning of the balcony/outdoor deck above it.
View towards entry. Ceiling joists are in! Steel pipe column at the future stair location.