Summer Escape.

As you know, this summer has been about change.  We sold #KMIProjectDownSize and now live in #KMIProjectRental.  We actually love the rental ... size is great, I love having a patio that looks over the trees and the dogs have a wonderful place to roam.  The frustrating part?  I really can't do much.  I did participate in the One Room Challenge where I transformed my #KMIProjectRental Dining Room.  Truly the only room I have done anything with other than paint. And although the landlords really don't care what I do, it seems a bit crazy (which I am) to do more than this.  

I continually remind myself ... it is a rental. it is a rental. it is a rental.  I have to repeat that daily!

In the meantime, this summer has been KMI's busiest ever.  And what I discovered will surprise you.  I found time to do something for "me".  I work 24/7, that is not a complaint, it is just that the majority of my clients work full time and that means nights and weekends for personal meetings and all of the prep and design happens during the work week days.

This year I carved out Wednesday mornings for myself.  A never before imagined possibility.  I joined my Mother In Law, Alice and her friend Jean in a Ladies 9-hole golf league. Not only have I wanted to play the game better, but I also desperately needed time outside, in the sunshine (or the rain, as several Wednesday's treated me with!).  I proudly wore my golf tan legs with my sandals :)

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In the midst of this carving out time for myself, I found I have been more productive in my work zone and my time has been more carefully managed.  

Don and I have also embraced our rental, having a break from daily house and yard maintenance has given us some freedom to reflect where we want to go next, where our dream of living will guide us.  We have taken a few trips to Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME to discover not only the locations, but how we feel in these places.  We have even been found poking around Boston, something that neither of us thought might be an option.  Our rental has this beautiful little outdoor patio overlooking a pasture and trees ... and the most wonderful sunset every evening.  

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We found ourselves sitting here every night that it didn't rain.  This has proven to be a nightly respite from busy days and a place that we have the opportunity to talk with one another about our day, our goals, and our dreams.  I recently verbalized that although we haven't taken any exotic, or even, not so exotic, vacations this summer ... I have had a summer vacation kind of feeling.  Busy, but relaxed.  Productive, but not frantic.  And blessed with a beautiful view to end each and every day.  

And while the Summer has had a little respite, Fall is banking up to be busy, busy!  I hope you will come visit us at The Junior League of Boston Show House opening October 7 (my birthday!!) and also for the Heading Home To Dinner Cocktail Party on October 12.

xokim