Wow.. putting these before and after pictures side by side made me a little speechless because it hadn’t really hit me just how different our living room looked one year in.
It definitely didn’t happen all at once. But at the same time, only a few changes happened to make the after picture look the way it did.
February – whitewashed our fireplace.
April – painted fireplace mantle, wall, and wood built-in white (I was kind of going paint-happy painting everything white there for awhile.. ask my boyfriend)
May – we ripped up the carpet unveiling the beautiful original hardwood floors. They only needed a little cleaning.
November – we spray painted the fireplace gate black.
Right after the gate was spray painted, I put up my Christmas decorations, which are STILL up to this day, but will be taken down this afternoon.. being featured in this post is one last little hurrah before saying goodbye to the Christmas stuff.. aha!
What I learned:
When I think about how spread out this transformation was, it reminds me how big changes don’t happen all at once.
They’re the result of little changes happening over time.
If you would’ve shown me the after picture right when we moved in and said “okay, now make this happen as soon as you can” I would’ve been completely overwhelmed.
When we’re setting goals and resolutions we often think big-picture and idealize what we want our end goal to be.
You bet I would’ve stared at this after picture for a long time daydreaming and wishing I was already spending time in my living room that looked like the end result.
Well what’s wrong with daydreaming? Nothing.
But if you let the idealization of the end result trap you, overwhelm you, to the point where you don’t even know how to move next because your end goal seems so far away and unattainable… you’re getting in your own way and it can prevent you from achieving that goal or making that resolution to begin with.
Does that sound familiar? It’s an easy change.
Focus on the little activities or habits that will eventually lead you to the ‘after picture’ you want.
Like they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day… but the days go by whether you’re putting action to your goals or not.
Shifting from 2017 to 2018, I have a ton of goals and some of them could result in big changes in my life. Instead of getting caught up in the bigness of them, I’ve been asking myself each day, “What can I do today to make tomorrow better?”
It’s been working well for me.
Let’s make the most of the little actions in 2018 each day, because we know how the days are long, but time goes by fast.
Before we know it, it will be 2019 and we can look back at how far we’ve come yet again.
What big goals are you trying to achieve, or do you have an inspiring before and after transformation to share?
I’d love to hear from you, let me know in the comments below!