Motivation… and the Linen Closet

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I woke up today in a very crabby mood. I have no idea why. I do know one reason may be that I never posted yesterday. It’s the first day in a while that I’ve missed posting. I even started writing an entry about motivation. But I lost my motivation.

I ran with Steve this morning and I was really tired. I wanted to quit. I only had to run 1 minute at a time for a total of 5 times. It seemed really hard. Then we did a small crossfit workout in the garage and I didn’t want to do it. But I did. I didn’t want to clean out the linen closet either. I avoided it by mowing the lawn. Then I edged. I didn’t want to do those things either but I did. Then I swept and as I was doing that Steve came out to start a project we talked about Sunday afternoon. Ugh, I didn’t want him to do it because it seemed really hard. He did it anyway and then I helped. After we finished breaking up all the slate in our driveway I started raking the leaves out of one of my plant beads. As I was doing this I was thinking about how much I wanted to stop but I just finished it up.

After I showered I started to work on the linen closet and actually completed it. I completed the job that I tried to avoid by doing three other jobs. I really was super unmotivated today. I was mad too because I hate feeling like that. I’m a motivator. At my house I am THE motivator, Emma even said so yesterday. So when I’m down or feeling flat, there isn’t usually anyone who pulls me out of it. But me. I wasn’t motivated to motivate myself today. However, I decided to just do one thing, then another thing. By the end of the day I did many things. Right now I’m even blogging and I just didn’t want to.

Thank God this usually only lasts a day. One long unmotivated day where I got a ton of stuff done because I didn’t give up. Don’t give up. Just do one thing and then another, until you can look back and see a pretty fruitful unmotivated day.

All the slate surrounding our driveway is broken. We paid to repair it and a week later a neighbor child broke it out again. It's looked this bad for years.

All the slate surrounding our driveway is broken. We paid to repair it and a week later a neighbor child broke it out again. It’s looked this bad for years.

Steve is getting ready to break out the slate so we can pour a colored concrete in the space.

Steve is getting ready to break out the slate so we can pour a colored concrete in the space.

See? It's terrible looking.

See? It’s terrible looking.

Both sides of the drive look this bad. You should see our walkway too. That's another post.

Both sides of the driveway look this bad. You should see our walkway too. That’s another post.

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Here are the after pictures. All the slate is gone. Steve did a great job, it was in the 90's and very humid. Yuck.

Here are the after pictures. All the slate is gone. Steve did a great job, it was in the 90’s and very humid. Yuck.

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Let’s move on in to the inside job.

The linen closet! See all the green stuff? It's where the cabinet has been brutalized by teenagers. Their friends sat on the cabinets while they were all around the computer. This happened for years and wore off the white coating. Neat right?

The linen closet! See all the green stuff? It’s where the cabinet has been brutalized by teenagers. Their friends sat on the cabinets while they were all around the computer. This happened for years and wore off the white coating. Neat right?

This is where my daughter's opened the drawers so they could rest their feet on something when they were on the computer.

This is where my daughters opened the drawers so they could rest their feet on something when they were on the computer.

We plan of replacing the counter top and the drawers but in the mean time I've gotten some white duct tape and it actually really helps the appearance.

We plan to replace the counter top and the drawers but in the meantime I’ve gotten some white duct tape and it actually really helps the appearance.

Here is the before!

Here is the before!

Now for the inside! Aughhhh! Right? It's been about five years since I cleaned this cabinet out. I just keep shoving stuff into it. I refolded and through out the old sheets we haven't used for years. I also packed up my older daughter's sheets for her own place.

Now for the inside! Aughhhh! Right? It’s been about five years since I cleaned this cabinet out. I just keep shoving stuff into it. I refolded and threw out the old sheets we haven’t used for years. I also packed up my older daughter’s sheets for her own place. Why is there a bunny in my closet?

Now Here is the after! Yay! The duct tape really helps to hide the broken and pealing edges until we can replace them.

Now Here is the after! Yay! The duct tape really helps to hide the broken and pealing edges until we can replace them.

Voila! It looked so much better and I was actually really happy that I finally got this done! Even though I didn't want to.

Voila! It looks so much better and I was actually really happy that I finally got this done! Even though… I didn’t want to.

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Just a girl, on a journey. Thankful for love, thankful for friends and family, and thankful for forgiveness. Full of passion, conviction and hope.

2 thoughts on “Motivation… and the Linen Closet”

  1. Kimberly Foster says:

    Nice Job! I am stealing your duck tape idea! Love It!! Just Keep Swimming…Swimming…..Swimming! 🙂

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