Hope

How's everyone doing?  What a boring few months in the United States of America it's been.  Wish something exciting would happen.

No! Obviously we're in tumultuous times & emotions are running high, no matter who you voted for.  I don't want our current President to fail.  I believe in our country, that it's a piece of the global puzzle......not a piece to be isolated & placed on a pedestal.  I keep waiting for a certain confirmation:  Mr. President, please tell me it's all going to be OK & that we as a country will move forward not backward.  That moment hasn't happened yet.  

But, I hope.  

Hope is vital.  Hope is what brought my immigrant parents to these shores.  Hope & faith in us were shown when this charitable country & that kind church in Iowa took us in almost 40 years ago.  Hope was placed upon our little shoulders every day when my brother & I were sent off to school.  Hope is when I look at Quinn & dream; I can't wait to see what she becomes.  Hope is looking to our leaders to protect our rights & the environment for future generations.  Hope is why I vote.  Hope inspired so many women (and men and youth) to take part in the Women's March this past Saturday.

I was sick & couldn't attend the march in Denver & I've regretted it.  My friends marched in Denver, a dear college friend marched in Madison, & another close friend traveled to march in D.C.  My mother-in-law marched in Austin.  Countless blog & Instagram friends represented at marches across the country. 

I beamed with pride seeing everyone's social media posts.....I laughed at the funny, witty signs....I cried at the image of an elderly Japanese-American woman, an internment camp survivor, "marching" in her wheelchair.  It was a peaceful protest with people lending voices to causes that extend beyond women's rights.  The feelings of unity & diversity were palpable & the message was unmistakable.  The sign that most resonated with me?  "I cannot believe I STILL have to protest this sh*t."

Sadly, I also saw many people (one individual in particular I know personally) ridicule the march with snide, disrespectful, hatred-laced comments on social media....from the comfort of their couches.  While the people they were ridiculing were actually out there doing something.  I suppose for some people, social media gives a false confidence to say things they would never ever have the audacity to say to an individual in person.  It's not exactly a comforting thought.

I know that not everyone supported the march & its messages.  I'm not so naive to wonder why we can't all just get along, nor do I seek to change anyone's political opinions.  I wholeheartedly believe that our differences add to the tapestry that is America....but I also think respect & compassion are paramount to being a decent human being.  Instead of attacking other people's social media posts or spewing hate on one's own, why not use those platforms to engage in respectful dialogue? Like my friend Jen graciously chose to do.  Like this deeply thoughtful post by Heidi. I wish more bloggers did this.  

Why can't we build bridges, instead of seeking to knock others off of theirs?  I'm hanging on to the hope that we can.  

If you're like me & want to get involved, 10 Actions/100 Days is a good start.  Use your voice to take action.  It speaks volumes. 

I know this post won't sit well with some people & that's OK.  I respect that & you're entitled to your opinions.  It's the beauty of living in a free world.  Many thanks for reading.  One day I'll figure out how to add a rainbow-wrapped unicorn emoji to a blog post to express how thankful I truly am :-)


How about some beautiful interior inspiration to end this post on a light note?  Wanting to start 2017 on a fresh foot, I was cleaning & purging my magazines (let's be honest, cleaning & purging is my kind of party, so who needs a new year, amIright?!) when I rediscovered what I consider my dream house in a November 2014  issue of House & Home.  

There's not a single thing I would change about interior designer Betty Theodoropoulos' renovated 105 year-old Edwardian home; it just sings to me!  In the feature, Betty said: "I wanted to know that if you stripped it of its furnishings, it would still be spectacular."  No worries there because the millwork & architecture are all a testament to the beautiful bones of this home.  

| Photos via House & Home |
Play With Scale

That conservatory-style skylight!!
 Stick To A Simple Palette
Incorporate Small-Scale Greenery
Choose Elegant And Unexpected Florals
Hang Wreaths Indoors
10. The Dream Dinner Party
Calming Principal Bedroom
Add A Winter Scent
Don't Forget The Kids' Rooms!

The oiled-walnut study is a gorgeous contrast to the rest of the well-appointed house.
Add Rustic Elements

Take care, friends :-)
xo

12 comments:

  1. I appreciate you sharing in an honest and light view. I am of the camp, "if you have nothing nice to say...don't say it at all". I personally chose to put my faith in God, and trust He has the ultimate control. Sadly I saw so many "true colors" come out during this past year, and it saddens me. I am all for being passionate and supporting a cause, but that means more than blogging about it, more than posting on social media, more than merely marching ONE day in the streets. It means living it daily. Be an example. Love one another. The greatest of these is to love God, but loving one another is second. Glad to see you back!

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    1. I am of the camp "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it all" as well. I suppose we're all entitled to our own opinions but social media seems to embolden some people to be vocal with varying degrees of vitriol. I wholeheartedly agree with you that change can only happen if we are consistent; BE the kindness & compassion. I can't speak for other bloggers who have spoken their concerns, but I personally have written to my senators & since the Mr. is in the environmental sector, we have gotten involved in organizations that might be days away from being directly impacted by recent administration appointments.

      I know our endeavors are just a drop in the bucket, but you are absolutely right. I'm grateful to those of us who have blogged/posted about issues at hand.....but we shouldn't just pat ourselves on the back now & sit back to wait for change. Lead by example & with love. "Be the change you want to see in the world."

      Thanks so much for reading, friend! I'm so thankful for this forum where we can engage in important dialogue. Sending my love to the family!

      xo

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    1. Hi Em! Thank you for taking the time to read. I appreciate you stopping by :-)

      xo

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  3. We do have hope. I can picture you and your brother walking off to school, never realizing that that was part of your parent's dreams fulfilled. It's the dream of all parents, isn't it? To wish their children a better future? Thank you for using your platform to engage in thoughtful discussion.

    That house is one of my favourites too. I'm using the dining room as inspiration. Have a great weekend. xo.

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    1. Thank YOU for motivating me to use my platform to engage in thoughtful discussion! It's absolutely my dream to wish not only my child but all children a better future, too. We can't lose sight of that even (especially) in dark times.

      I'm so enjoying your current house journey, thanks for letting us come along for the ride!!

      Love to Chloe!

      xo

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  4. Thank you for writing this. I live in an area where my political ideology is often mocked and aggressively dismissed. Finding others online has been helpful in knowing I'm not alone and that my opinions are valid. The vitriol directed at protesters has been particularly disappointing to me. Peaceful protest is a very important right for citizens of our great country. Thanks again for sharing.

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    1. I hear you & you are not alone, gal. It's so encouraging to connect with other like-minded people on these issues because part of the fear, at least for me, is the feeling of isolation in all of this. I had no idea I differ with some of my acquaintances on certain issues until this election. Many thanks for reading, Jen!

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  5. Good for you for writing this post. I've seen so little on blogs about the Women's March or even just on being kind in the current climate. That makes me sad. I feel as you do that our diversity (in all aspects) makes our country strong. I wish more folks would embrace their neighbors as you so clearly do.

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    1. Thank you, Emily! It's so uplifting to hear your kind words & to know we are like-minded on these issues. It gives me, as well as so many others, hope! Onward & upward :-)

      xo

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  6. Thank you for your thoughts and for the distractingly pretty pictures too. I love your posts, every last one of them, and am so glad you have chimed in. (Your unavailability here is the very thing that keeps me coming back, haha) Thank you also for the link to 10 Actions/100 Days. I need something to focus on.

    jbhat

    jbhat

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    1. Jennifer! I feel like it's been forever, I'm so happy to see your comment! Thank you for your kind words, gal. Does it feel like time has slowed a bit since this new presidency?! It's going to be a long 4 years. But it's encouraging to hear from compassionate people like you. One day at a time, I suppose is how we can approach this new age *sigh*

      PS. I still haven't forgotten how you thoughtfully checked in on us via my blog when we were expecting Quinn! Was just reminiscing about those days. So good to hear from you :-)

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