Thursday, December 9, 2010

An Extreme Make-Over by DL Larson

For Christmas my family is giving my granddaughters an extreme make-over of their playroom. The girls have outgrown so much of what is in there ~ kitchen set, baby dolls and cradles. They love music and crafts and so we have banned them from their play area and are in the process of re-doing, re-painting and making things new. It has so far been an exciting challenge seeing the whole thing through our imaginations and the bits of drawings we've made. Our biggest hope is it will be over-the-top fun for my granddaughters.

My son is building a stage, my good friend is tearing apart a velvet duvet for stage curtains, our friend an electrician is changing a few outlets and inserting more lighting, and the rest of us are busy painting and searching the stores for inexpensive additions like posters, chalk board, dress-up clothes and hooks to display them. We have only a few more weeks to pull it all together, but already my granddaughters are giggly with excitement, wanting to know exactly when on Christmas Day can they see their new playroom.

All this work of rearranging and shuffling to find the perfect accessories has me thinking about my own make-overs of the past. I once wanted to be a writer, but it wasn't until I took a bold step of changing everything in my life could I begin. I stopped wishing and took action. I went back to school, quit a perfectly wonderful job with full benefits and took on a part-time one in order to have time to write. My family tells me they did not suffer from the lack of income and my husband supported me and still encourages me to follow my dream. I saw it all so clearly in my mind. I simply had to change in order to make it come true.

Change is scary. Change is difficult. Change changes so many things! I like to think I'm still evolving, changing for the better. I look back on how far I've come and marvel I had the courage to move away from the familiar. I also see the distance I have yet to cover in order to accomplish my dreams still unfulfilled. And like my granddaughters, I can't wait to see how it will all turn out!

How about you? Are you ready for a extreme make-over? Have you taken the steps to move toward your dreams? Share with us today!

Til next time ~

DL Larson


Morgan Mandel said...

My home could sure use an extreme makeover. It is totally cluttered, mostly with paper, but I have little time to do anything about figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of. Also, the what to keep stuff needs to go somewhere, and I'm running out of spots!

My writing extreme makeover right now is doing a memoir called Diary of a Nervous Baby Boomer. I've never written a non-fiction book, though I did write non-fiction when I worked as a freelancer for the Daily Herald newspaper.

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

Good luck with your WIP. Remaking ourselves is an on-going process. Occasionally stepping out of our comfort zones is exciting. It allows us to think differently.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Debra St. John said...

The playroom sounds WONDERFUL! Can I come and play, too?!

Change is scary, but if you're willing to take the plunge, it can be well worth it.

Deb Larson said...

You're so right Deb - it is worth it!
As for the playroom - I can't wait to see it all together!!