PR, life + discipleship

I have had this blog for years… And I’ve kept it pretty low key not promoting it despite any organic traffic that may have stumbled across it, or SEO that may or may not have occurred. I struggle to find a sense of balance in sharing my own life with others. Do you experience the same?

You see, by day my life is out there. Everything I do is on the record. Working in PR I always wear that hat… whether at work, at the grocery store or at the gym… And I don’t want it any other way. Believe me, I count my blessings daily to be able to do what I love for my career! But sometimes I do find it hard to live a public private life. You know, to take off the PR face?

I have learned in the last year more than ever that it is ok to let people into my life, though. To expand my close network a bit. They don’t have to be great friends (although they can be!), but to really think about what others may be going through and how I might make a difference in their lives… and them in mine! This life was not meant to live alone, or even in isolation that can result from chronic busyness.

As we have been studying through Acts at church, I have come to better understand that Jesus’ expectation of us as Christians is to live our lives with others. And mostly I have learned this by other people living it out. Seeing people loving others. Sharing each others’ burdens. Caring for one another. Stepping in for others when they can’t do for themselves. And in order to do that, I can not live in seclusion.

So, in making disciples we have to be out there. We have to let others in. Have the hard conversations. Love when we don’t want to. Let others “see us without makeup” as I say. It’s ok! We cannot maintain our flawless public persona at all times, when we are genuinely digging into life with others. If in fact our life’s mission is to be Christlike and not just wear the label then the Holy Spirit must rule our hearts and lives at home, in the workplace, in the public square… everywhere. And that is hard, folks. It isn’t my norm. But then again I am not called to a normal, comfortable life.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Luke 9: 23-25

What’s up

The last week was jam packed and the week ahead doesn’t look much better. At times life gives us so much (even when they’re good things) that we may feel we can’t even slow to take a breath. I’m thankful for the moments when I can be still and that I have this home to rest in the ‘in between’ of coming and going. I pray that I never lose sight of what’s important and that I won’t be so self serving in my own life’s busyness that I miss out on the blessings in serving others. Looking forward to One Cry this week. #wp

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Here’s to vacation time!

To the beach, back home and back to the beach again… this time making memories with my mom and aunt…from shopping and pedis in Morehead to lunch in Beaufort, ferry rides, and a day at the Cape. Next up… dinner in Beaufort and tomorrow exploring Oriental! #wp

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On taking a break

I enjoyed an almost three week social media fast and it was so refreshing. More time to work on establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships, better sleep at night, allowed me to re-focus on true interpersonal communication, gave me better perspective and was overall a welcome break! I tried new recipes, started cooking with fresh herbs and am back to a more consistent quiet time. So my new normal on social media will mean much more undistracted time spent on real life. #wp

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Farewell to the Pink Bathroom

Since moving to my home this pink bathroom has been on my wish list of to-dos. The pink tile surely beats the shag carpet but both had to go! As I’ve mentioned before, we had a ton on our home renovation wish list and the less expensive chores became the priority. Finally this spring we went ahead and tackled the job. And by that I mean we hired the pros and let them do the heavy lifting.

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We knew we wanted to get rid of all of the pink tile. All. of. it. The tub is a really nice, original cast iron tub so we kept it. That saved us quite a bit of money since we didn’t have to invest in a new tub and shower which can be $1,000-$2,000 even for a basic one.

IMG_3751We started with our carpenters. We have two of they greatest guys who help us with most of our carpentry work in our home. They’re honest, dependable and hard working and we love them. With them scheduled, we coordinated a meeting with a plumber and tile contractor. I coordinated the subs, but whenever possible, I let them speak to each other directly.

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I really wanted to maximize the space since it’s our only bathroom and it is really small. If I had my choice, we would have installed a shower and gotten rid of the tub. However, we thought if we ever decided to sell it, anyone with kids would immediately rule out a home with no tub.

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There’s not a lot of space to work with so every detail was carefully considered. The colors needed to be clean and bright. The lines and patterns couldn’t be too busy. I wanted a timeless style, one that I would not get tired of, and something I could change easily by simply updating the paint color and accessories. IMG_3755 I searched high and low for a sink and vanity with some storage and not much depth. I only had a bout 15 inches of depth from the wall to work with. To give you an idea, the old sink was about 19 inches deep. Believe it or not, most pedestals are bigger than that.IMG_3757

Originally, we thought we wanted to have bead board on the walls but decided to go with board and batten for a couple of reasons. First, we thought less lines would mean “less busy” in such a small space. Second, the look of board and batten was a little less country cottage and seemed more sleek to us. So, once the decision was made, we gave this tutorial to our carpentry team. They thought it was a breeze to install.

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In the shower, we used white subway tile with bright white grout. Again, a clean, timeless look…

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We also had two niche cutouts added. It’s amazing how much nicer the tub looks with the white tile walls.

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You’ll notice on the wall under the window that the board is off center with the window. It had to be centered on the wall or the window so I chose to center it on the wall because I thought it would look better when seen from the door. In hindsight, I think we should have centered the board on the window but it’s not a big deal to me.

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We added a new paneled door and threshold and I think it makes the room look much better.

IMG_3961The floor tile was off the shelf from Home Depot. I thought I wanted to use white grout but the tile guy talked me into a complementary gray and that was a great decision! IMG_3958 IMG_3957 IMG_3956

We hope to replace the doors throughout our entire home soon.

IMG_3960We love the way it looks and it totally makes our whole house look and feel much better! It feels like everything flows seamlessly now and we really enjoy having the updated bathroom.

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And even better, we came in under our $5,000 budget!

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If you’re local and need a good carpenter, plumber or tile man, let me know!

Sources:

  • Wall paint: Pirate Coast by Valspar in Sherwin-Williams paint
    (See all of our interior paint colors here.)
  • Sink and vanity
  • Light: Lowe’s
  • Floor tile: Home Depot
  • Shower Tile: Lowe’s