TLC is Winning

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TLC is at it again.  Just when I decide that I am going to watch less TV, TLC decides to reboot one of my favorite television shows.  I am already a fan of shows such as 90 day fiancé, Say Yes to the Dress, and MY 600lb life, but here they come with the reboot of Trading Spaces, there goes my Saturday nights.  I am just going to have to get more done throughout the week because starting April 7, I will be watching Trading Spaces on Saturday nights.

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So anyone that know me know that I am a HUGE fan of HGTV, TLC and any similar channel. I am a superfan of all things home improvement.  From Trading Spaces, to Flip or Flop to Real Estate Virgins, you name I probably watch it or have watched it.  So I do not know how or why or what amazing person was responsible for the reboot of Trading Spaces but I am happy they were able to seal the deal.  I was ecstatic to see that Trading Spaces was coming back.  That was not the best part of the announcement, the best part of the announcement was that they were not only bringing back the old designers and carpenters, minus Amy Winn Pastor, but the original host was coming back as well.

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Trading Spaces is the parent of all remodeling, carpentry, redecorating shows with probably Bob Villa being the grandparent.  All of the current shows you see now are the offspring of these ground breaking home improvement shows.  I could spend an entire day in from of the TV watching trading spaces reruns, from the sleek sophisticated designs of Genevive and Vern, to the over the top and outlandish designs of Doug and Hildi, viewers are definitely in for a treat when this show returns to TLC on April 7.

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Can you already sense my excitement?  I am so ready for the reboot and I wish they would kick it off with a marathon of all of the old episodes.  I am waiting with baited breath to get back to the OG”S of home improvement, the cast and crew from Trading Spaces. Where are all my other Trading Spaces fans at?  More importantly, will you be watching?

Be Blessed! Be Fabulous!

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The Hardest Thing

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Lately, my life has been in a holding pattern, I would dare say a self-imposed holding pattern.  There are things that are going great in my life and things that are not so great.  There have been struggles, victories and days where I just wanted to stay in bed and eat a bucket of French vanilla ice cream.  There have been some high highs and some low lows. What I am beginning to realize is that I have been my own worst enemy.

There have been times in my life where I felt that I didn’t deserve the good things, the easy things and that everything would be a fight, a struggle a WWE level wrestling match.  While my job and career are spent to a large degree helping and motivating others, there are times when I lack self-motivation and I find myself needing to be motivated, helped and pushed.  I am just keeping it real, there are some days where it is a real struggle.

There are times when it takes as much energy to smile as it does to lift a 200lb weight, and the tears come from out of the blue and flow non-stop.   There are times when I have to repeatedly remind myself of all of the blessings around me and all of the things I have survived, endured, overcome, but it still feels as though it is just not enough.  Then there are times when on this entrepreneurial journey, where I question if leaving the comfort of my 9-5 was worth it, even though I know the job was killing me emotionally and mentally.  There are the times when there are more bills than money and more responsibilities than time in the day.

There are those moments when you make every attempt to be vulnerable and helpful only to end up misunderstood and judged.  The people you thought knew you best turn out to be as much of a stranger as people you don’t know at all.  You put on the makeup, the hair, the perfect outfit but you are no more than a mannequin on display for those around you.  The face is smiling but the eyes say nothing.

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The reality of the situation is that sometimes the hardest thing to do is to love yourself and the life you are living.  The other hard thing to do is to change your thinking, change your circumstances and change your situation.  Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t you are right”.  How true and powerful that statement is.  It is often hard to find peace in the darkness because the light exposes too much.

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I have come to realize that I am in a valley.  Not buried, definitely not dead but in a valley.  And while there are some not so good things in the valley, you can also find some great things in the valley.  So while I journey through this valley experience I can say with firm conviction:

I am ok

I am going to make it

I won’t be in the valley forever

Look out for the person that emerges from this valley; she will be a conqueror

This valley will make me stronger, wiser and better

 

Be Blessed Be Fabulous!

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