I’ve been a little MIA these last few months as I try to figure out how to balance things so that I can take better care of myself and my family. The beginning of the new school year is like New Year to me; it is full of promise and hope. So, my hope is that this school year will be better than last, as I refocus my attention on my priorities of family and health.
Our older son recently started Middle School and I am reminded how quickly time flies. He has grown in so many ways, not least of which he is now taller than I am. He is entering an important developmental phase that I believe can set the stage for the type of man he will become, so I want to be present for when he needs me, while trying to give him enough space for self discovery. He’s becoming quite independent. He may need me and he may not, but I want to pay attention.
Our younger son had an exceptionally tough year last year, from health to social exclusion. The emotional scars are still there, both for him and for me. There is nothing quite as debilitating as seeing your child suffer. So, I am making every effort to be available to him in obvious ways, to help him rebuild his confidence and his joy. But in all honesty, I don’t know how to help him sometimes and it makes me feel so helpless.
As for me, I have to make some changes if I want to be around for the long haul. Healthier eating and a more active lifestyle are the name of the game. Also, my design work has evolved since the day I first started this blog six years ago, so I plan to work on reflecting those changes here.
In the meanwhile here are a couple of photos of a kitchen I completed at the beginning of the summer. Clean white quartz, warm walnut cabinets, and with just a hint of glam with brass accents.