I’m sure you are probably thinking that I started this whole 60 Day Challenge and died in pursuit of it.  Well, I am sorry for two things, that I bored you to death with it and that I didn’t finish it.  I tried and tried to commit myself to it, because if I had accomplished it I would be getting a brand new Louis Vuitton right this moment.  But it is better that way, we couldn’t afford that $1400 bag anyways.  But let’s all look at it and reminisce together.

 

You can get this custom painted in lots of colors with a custom  interior.

So, no I didn’t die in pursuit of a better body, though some days felt like I was.  A billion and one things have changed in the last month and I don’t know where to begin.  First of all, why I fell off the bandwagon.  I got super busy.  Here’s why in a nutshell, I decided to quit my lululemon job, sell our home to start my own retail store and finally get my interior design business off the ground.  Pretty much that’s it.

What is soooo amazing about all of this, is that I have an awesome husband who is supporting me.  He is actually agreeing to selling our home so I can pursue MY dream.  Crazy huh?  Well, thats what you get ladies when you actually marry a truly amazing man.  I am so blessed.

What created this “I’m so busy thing” is that to even think about listing our home, we had to finish all the dang projects we started.  Which was quite a few.  But of course, I have taste like this….

 

Click the image above to be linked to peppermintbliss.com, an interior designer in Austin.  Her blog is rad.  I probably shouldn’t tell you about it because I fear you’ll never visit mine again, but hey, I think you might return.  Fingers crossed.  But sadly my budget allows for more like this…

 

So to achieve what I want on my budget requires A LOT of time and hard work.  That whole saying, blood, sweat and tears.  Yea, I’ve been there this past month.  I made my fingertips nearly bleed for the sake of a slate floor.

So, here is a sneak peek of the kitchen:

 

I realize this is not the best picture, but more pictures to come!  And here is a photo of the floor:

 

Again, my budget couldn’t afford subway style slate floors, so I bought 16″ tiles and cut every single one in half.  Yep, half. This picture above was before I so lovingly lost all my finger tips for the sake of beauty.  At least I could rob a few places and not get caught.  But, if a Zombie ate my face, which has been known to happen, they would have to use my dental record to identify me. So I can’t exactly call it a win/win situation.

So on a limited budget, it ain’t half bad.  Someday, I’ll get what I really want, til now, I’ll keep working for it.

What started this whole, sell the house thing was I finally bit the bullet, put in my two weeks notice to pursue what I’m supposed to be doing, INTERIOR DESIGN.

I found myself always asking Tim with his music… ‘what do you want to do? where do you want to go? where should we live so you can pursue music?’  I would tell him,” I don’t want us to look back at our lives and regret not taking chances”.  But one day I had the absolute worst day at lululemon, I literally felt like I had been crapped on.  I came home and cried all evening and probably ate some junk food, I don’t know but probably.  That evening I got some horrible news and a light bulb went off.  I was so busy thinking of Tim’s dreams, I hadn’t even considered my own.  DUH! Not that I’m going to abandon his dreams in pursuit of mine or anything…

I probably needed that crappy day at lulu to be the catalyst for me to do this.  Plus, the more I talked to Tim, he was like, you can do this, put in your two weeks now.  So, with his backing and total support, we’re gonna try to sell the house.  If and when the house sells I am wanting to start a home decor store.  Goal is to do our interior design business out of it… but for the time being, I’m taking it one step at a time and trying to follow God’s lead. Because if I try to figure it all out, my brain starts to smoke…

So what do you guys think?  Thoughts please.  You know, I’ll be honest, I know people read this blog… but you aren’t ever commenting.  Plus, this last month, I have felt totally guilty about not posting.  But if you guys aren’t reading, then I shouldn’t feel guilty right? So let me know if you are actually reading this….

Comments are actually like a bloggers crack.  So please help me get my fix.

8 Comments on Dead? no. Busy? yes.

  1. Teresa
    June 6, 2012 at 10:01 am (5 years ago)

    Where do you plan to open your store?

    • Lauren
      June 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm (5 years ago)

      Fort Worth!

  2. Janet York
    June 6, 2012 at 10:03 am (5 years ago)

    Lauren, I do read your blog all the time and I so enjoy it!! “Baby Laurden” I am so proud of you and so thrilled that you are following your dreams! Even more thrilled that you have a fantastic hubby that will support you in your dreams and you support his!! That is such a blessing!! I am so proud of the woman of GOD you have become and praying you see and feel GOD’S direction and LOVE every minute of every day!! Love you sweetie

    GO FOR IT!!!!!!!! REACH FOR THE TOP!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

  3. Stacey
    June 6, 2012 at 10:25 am (5 years ago)

    I read it! But you better not be moving far away! I think that your plan is pretty well thought out, and waiting for the Lord’s lead is definetely the right decision!!! Don’t try to rush things! And you need to call me… asap!;-)

  4. Marianne
    June 6, 2012 at 10:30 am (5 years ago)

    Lauren,
    You are inspiring and so creative! Whatever you decide to do you will do well because of your determination and hard working attitude. Your house is looking great and I hope everything works out the way you hope. I am reading your blog and just wanted to let you know I love you and will help out in any way I can.

  5. Katy Moore
    June 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm (5 years ago)

    First off, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You were born to be an interior designer! No one can have the talent and vision you have and it go to waste. You are so fabulous and God will reveal his glorious plan for you and I have no doubt it is going to be something AMAZING!!! You are the queen of DIY! You know your design and creativity inspires me! Didn’t I kinda copy your white lamps after all?!? I loved them and was like, “Darn it! Im doing it too!” I will support you in any of your endeavors and always be available for driving home chats 😉 I applaud you for having the guts and courage to go for your dream! To be honest, I wish I was more like you! You are such an amazing and fabulous friend and I’m backing you in anything you decide! LOVE YA LOTS!!!

    P.S.- Will there be a friend discount at your store??? J/K!

    • Lauren
      June 7, 2012 at 11:01 am (5 years ago)

      Girl, we’re gonna trade! You can help me remember stuff, I’ll hook you up!

  6. Pat Hertz
    June 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Lauren,

    I am very proud of you and Tim. You both are very talented. I do read your blogs. I enjoy them. I think you both can do whatever you set your mine to do. Let us all know when you open your business. Love you both.