Celebrating Life

The Last 100 Days…

As I write this, the house is completely quiet save for my favorite weather event, a coastal nor’ easter, raging outside. 

It’s been another rainy weekend. Parts of our road are flooded, we’ve had power outages, and on more than one occasion we’ve walked the property to check for downed trees, brush, and debris because the ground is so saturated. 

It seems like it would be a huge inconvenience given all the projects we have going on right now. 

But as I sit here with a steaming cup of pumpkin spice coffee, wearing well-loved corduroys and a cardigan, wrapped up in cozy blankets, breathing in the sweet scent of an apple cinnamon simmer pot, for the first time this year, it actually feels like Fall.

Tomorrow we officially usher in a new season and mark the last 100 days of 2020. And I can hardly believe the moment has arrived.

When I look back on the events of the year, I often feel a sense of nostalgia thinking about all we’ve been through. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been pure survival at times. We’ve had to learn how to pivot and reassess, be without basics we took for granted, deal with the isolation, parent while working and teaching, adjust our budgets and way of life, look for daily silver linings while adapting to a new normal, and in some cases we’ve had to learn how to completely let go. 

It hasn’t been easy.  But you guys, we’re making it and that’s worth celebrating.

I’ve often wondered why my grandparents never really talked about their lives during WW II.  I always knew it was an important benchmark though because they referenced it often. 

Mostly with phrases like, “before the war…” and “after the war…”

While I’m not saying our lives during the pandemic have been anything close to the horrors of World War II, this time in our lives has been significant and feels like a historical benchmark in so many ways.

For in years to come, when the days get really hard, we’ll be able to look back on 2020 and say, “If I can make it through that I can make it through anything.”

I know we’ve all handled this time differently.  Some of you have taken the time to rest, some are working harder than ever before, some of you are reconnecting with your family and lost friends, while others are in the depths of grief.  Some have sought out new adventures and hobbies, while others are quietly rediscovering the meaning of home. 

No matter how you’ve dealt with the rollercoaster ride of 2020, there are only 100 days left to embrace. 

And while there is no right or wrong way to spend the time, I want to encourage you to make the most of it.  To shake off the past 265 days, whatever they may have looked like, and fully welcome the change in season and the good things that are on the way.

To…

  • Finish what you’ve started.
  • Keep your word
  • Find a way to get unstuck.
  • Start something you’ve been dreaming about.
  • Finally address those things you’ve been putting off for years, even the heart stuff you know will be painful to deal with.
  • Find a daily ritual you truly enjoy.
  • Stop doing the things you know are no longer working for you.
  • Make new memories.
  • Say you’re sorry and make amends.
  • Buy bigger pants.
  • Learn from your failures.
  • Celebrate your success.
  • Create, make, bake and decorate
  • Decide you can.

Here are a few other things we’ll be working on in the last 100 days of the year…

Enjoy Our Fall Bucket List

This was the first year we broke our Fall bucket list into monthly activities as opposed to having what felt like an endless Fall to-do list. We’ve already crossed off most of September and have really enjoyed having small doable things to look forward to each week.

Finish The Crowned Goat Cottage

The countertop arrived over the weekend and even though we can’t install it yet (we realized we had made a tiny mistake once it was delivered) it’s exciting just to know we’re making some progress again after all the delays.

I also decided to stop calling it the shed makeover and give it a proper name.  We already have plans to make it a gathering spot for creatives who need a quiet place to plan, dream, and grow which I’m totally pumped about. 

Our Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Makeover

Given we blew our budget early on trying to turn the outdoor shed into a full-time office and meeting space, we knew we would have to save money by repurposing a lot of the furniture we already had on hand. 

That notion turned into a fruit basket turnover of sorts. It means we’ll have to move furniture from one of the bedrooms, the garage, the living room, and the old office in order to furnish everything.

We’ve had an antique iron bed and custom mattresses in one of the walk-in closets for over 5 years now. And I can’t wait to install it in the guest bedroom once the workstation has been moved into The Crowned Goat Cottage. 

Normally, it drives me bananas to undecorate a space that already feels somewhat settled but, in this case, it’s really the only way to work it out.

The Garage

I wouldn’t say our garage has been horrible, but it’s not as tidy or as organized as I would like it to be. 

It all came to a head a few weeks ago though when I couldn’t find something, I knew I had, and I found myself tripping over empty Amazon boxes. 

It was literally the epitome of procrastination and delayed decision making and I was so mad at myself for letting it get like that! 

As I shared above, most of our project budget is going to finish The Crowned Goat Cottage and the guest suite makeover.

So, while we’re not bringing in a big and fancy storage system, there are definitely budget-friendly ways to make the garage more functional and efficient.

Voting

No matter who your candidate of choice is, I’m sure we can all agree voting has never been more important than it is right now.  We already have our voting plan in place.

If you haven’t made one yet I want to urge you to understand your rights, educate yourself on the candidates, and create a voting plan of action too.  

It’s so important!

Creating a Daily Work Uniform

This might seem silly for someone who works from home.  But creating a daily work uniform is a simple way to help cut down on decision fatigue so you can be laser-focused in other areas.   

And honestly, I’m here for it ?

Continue the Journey of Self Discovery

I probably won’t be able to fully articulate why I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery until the end of the year. 

But if you’ve been following along on our From the Front Porch posts, you know my accountability partner and I have been reading a book each month in an area we feel we really need to work on.

The journey has not been an easy one, but it’s been a necessary one. And as we say each month, there is no better time to work on yourself than right now.

Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays will probably look a lot different for us this year than they have in years past. And as hard as it is to say, the sooner we change our expectations about the way we think they should be the easier it will be to get through them. 

Different does not mean bad. 

Different also means unique and distinct.  So, let this year be the year you intentionally and realistically plan a holiday season that feels special.

I know at first glance 100 days might seem like a long time.  It might even seem unnecessary to get so excited about a milestone in what has been a crazy year.

But on December 31st when we look back on 2020, I don’t want any of us to feel that we didn’t do enough with the time we’ve been given.

Time is truly our greatest resource.

And this year more than any other year we’ve been presented with an extraordinary opportunity to rise to the occasion and make it count.

How do you plan to spend the last 100 days of the year?

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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25 Comments

  1. CoCo, you have an absolute gift for writing – I love reading through your posts and I always feel inspired, encouraged to do better and uplifted. I love that you’re so positive about this year and what we can all achieve. It’s been a huge change for us all but here in Canberra we have been blessed and so lucky to have very low infections (and nothing in the last 2.5 months or so) and even then, our lives are completely different. A lot of things end and new things begin and we’ve all had to adjust. I agree that our Christmas this year and other holidays will look quite different. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do to make them all fun, even if they’re not the same as last year. All the best of luck with all your projects.

    1. Such sweet and thoughtful words, Katerina, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. It’s been amazing to see how people and countries around the world have been handling the virus and the pandemic. I’m so glad to hear Canberra has been blessed with a low infection rate. It really is a true testament to how you guys are all pulling together for a common cause. While this certainly has been a year we’ll never forget I hope we can hold onto the good things and continue to practice the lessons we’ve learned along the way. 2020 has been a wild and adventurous classroom that’s for sure 🙂 Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

      1. I really enjoyed this post! We were chatting with an older friend the other night, and she told so many stories of her dad. He was in “the war” and it really made me reflect on what it must have been like to live through that time. Her stories and my grandparents stories all have a positive, my life was enriched spirit about them. I love how you brought out the positive of this year. I too believe that we will all see good come from this, in some form anyway! Thank you for sharing at Embracing Home and Family!

        1. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words, Jenn. I think sometimes we don’t realize just how unprecedented these times are and how days of learning how to deal with precautions and social distancing have quietly turned into our new normal. While I certainly hope 2021 is much better than 2020 there are still moments of joy to be had right now. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  2. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    I love this post so much, CoCo! This has been a year of so many challenges and changes! With our move behind us, we still have many tasks ahead…but I am definitely taking time to the be present in the moments!

    1. That is so exciting to hear, Linda! I know you guys have had a lot of changes and decisions to make lately so I’m really proud of you for tackling them all with grace. I know it’s not always easy but every day you put one foot in front of the other and do the next right thing is worth celebrating 🙂 Sending you hugs, CoCo

  3. I can hardly believe we only have 100 more days until 2021. That’s exciting to me. Next year I hope to expand my comfort zone, go out on a limb, check out new places, make new friends, be a better mom, friend and wife and show both houses a little more love. But for now, with the 100 days left, I plan to make more of life, show the family they are cherished and definitely glorify the Lord in the mundane and do it everyday. I was reading 1 Cor. 10:31 again the other day and realized that when He says do everything for the glory of God, that also means EVEN IN THE WAITING. I have a hard time with that but the Lord said, He is there in that as well. What peace.
    Loved this post. Great reminder. Hope you accomplish all you want in the days ahead. You seem like the busiest person I know! 😉 Big hugs!

    1. Those are all such great ways to celebrate the rest of 2020 and fantastic goals for 2021 too Cindy! I love that scripture so much. It’s an immediate reminder that this is all temporary and how our daily goal should be His glory and not our own. Even in the waiting and the mundane 🙂 Ruth Cho Simmons wrote one of my favorite devotionals called Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship and it talks about finding joy and peace in daily life. Fingers crossed we can get it all done, I’m definitely ready to feel settled again. Sending you big hugs, CoCo

  4. I am so excited that the Crowned Goat Cottage is almost complete! Thank you for sharing so much encouragement and I totally agree with your statement that “different does not mean bad.”

    1. Aww thanks so much for your encouragement, Heidi. You’ve been such a supportive cheerleader despite all the ups, downs, and delays and I really appreciate it. Here’s to making the holidays a special one. Even if Santa is social distancing and wearing a mask 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  5. Great post and I can’t believe only 100 days left. This year has had its obvious challenges but my husband and I have many good outcomes in life with a few unexpected challenges.

    I get tired of the challenges but it’s life and I put myself into our home and being creative and it’s my therapy besides daily exercise.

    Cindy

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I love your attitude about everything and how you and your husband are navigating the challenges along the way. Every time I see one of your new Fall projects I get excited. It’s like a peek into your creative space and studio. Hope your week is richly blessed, CoCo

  6. I agree, the pandemic has certainly given us all a new perspective and plenty of time to reflect. Good luck with your upcoming projects as well!

    1. Oh my gosh for sure! Here’s hoping all the good stuff sticks 🙂 Hope your week is peace-filled and productive, CoCo

  7. What a wonderful post! Now I filled with joy at the thought of all the wonderful things I’ll get to create, and experience in my last 100 days of the year! You are right Coco, 100 days sounds like a long time but I know it will be over in the blink of an eye and we’d better make sure we cherish the time!

    1. So glad you like this post, Jayne! I can hardly believe we only have 100 days left either. In some ways it has gone by really slow and in other ways, it’s flown by. I’m definitely committed to making the last 100 days as beautiful as possible and I’m so excited you’re on board too. Hugs, CoCo

  8. You have such an amazing gift of putting everything into perspective and inspiring with your words! This year has definitely been a difficult one in so many ways, but it has also been a huge learning experience. It’s taught our family the true meaning of family and how important it is for all of us to put aside our differences and just spend quality time together. Even if it is from a distance. I often find whenever I need clarity in my thinking, I need go no further than your weekly posts! Thank you my friend!

    1. I’m getting all kinds of teary, Christine, thank you so much for your sweet compliment. In late 2016, three of the stores I was a vendor at closed down and took a huge chunk of my monthly income with it. Naturally, I was devastated and felt completely lost. While I was finding my way again, I was able to spend time with my parents and grandparents which was a blessing. Three months after the stores closed down my grandparents died within 36 hours of each other. Had those stores never closed down, I wouldn’t have been afforded the extra time with them. I share this because every time I go through a learning experience (even the painful ones) I remind myself, I’ll never get this time back so I have to make it count. Of course, it doesn’t make the situation perfect. But it does remind me that being a work in progress is a big part of our journey and every moment matters. Sending you big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  9. What great thoughts to ruminate on – it has really been a roller coaster of a year, at least for my family. It seems like worrying and waiting have become my daily rituals. Trying to trust that all will end well is definitely a challenge, but I maintain a strong faith. I think you do, too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing such heartfelt things with all of us at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

    1. Faith is the only thing that is getting us through right now, Kathleen! I’ve been keeping a journal specifically for this year and have to remind myself daily to hold onto the good things and celebrate the micro joys. Things probably won’t be going back to “normal” any time soon so I’m currently working on “expectation management” and trying to see this year as a gift. There has truly been no better time for personal growth 🙂 Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  10. Wonderful post and I have to say, I won’t be sad to say goodbye to 2020. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. Thank you so much, Ann! 2020 has been like nothing I could have ever imagined. I just keep telling myself every day to hold onto the good stuff 🙂 Hope your day is filled with unexpected blessings too. Hugs, CoCo

  11. Your blog posts are such a gift CoCo. You are so talented and you always seem to give me a different perspective.. Our peace of mind depends on how we look at the last 100 days of the year. Thank you for sharing with Charming Homes and Gardens. I always take such pleasure reading your beautiful posts.

    1. Such sweet and kind words, Kim, thank you! This year has definitely been such a huge year of personal growth. It’s not anything I would have ever expected given our circumstances but I’m thankful for the lessons and I know you are too. It will definitely make 2021 that much sweeter 🙂 Sending you big hugs, CoCo

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