At the end of each month this past year I have shared five things (or lessons) that I have learned with my instagram followers. The end of a year and the beginning of a new one always brings an element of nostalgia and I often find myself looking through photographs from the past 12 months and saying “can you believe that this was a year ago”!
Here are 5 Things I Have Learned in 2019:
It is cathartic to restore a cast iron fireplace. It is an absolute bonus that you can have a beautiful feature at the end of all that peeling, stripping and wire wool-ing. Read more about how I did this here. I love that I took the time to restore this original feature in our home.
I can run a 10k. I may have only done it once, but I am determined to do it again. I have started following the Couch to 5k programme again because I ran the 10k and then didn’t really run again for the rest of the year!
Colour psychology is a ‘thing’ and having red walls in our hallway and landing really started to mess with my head. In contrast, fresh plaster is a joyful sight and should never be taken for granted! More on this subject soon!
The Lydia I thought was lost in the ether of 2017 can come back and I am starting to feel so much more like myself again. Have you heard of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pots with gold? That is exactly how I feel – me, but just with a little more gold.
I love my new kitchen (more to come on this subject soon!).
2019 has been a busy but happy year and has involved lots of progress on the house too. What I really want to achieve this year is balance. I want to be able to take on a DIY project, but also look after my health and fitness. I want to be able to transform a room and also take some time out for us, because that is really important. Plans for 2020 include the living room and dining room but we also need to have a space outside to relax. I want to enjoy the summer and have the time to enjoy being with friends and family.
A renovation is tough and rewarding in equal measure. I am looking forward to what 2020 brings and putting into practice what I have learned from 2019!