Mar 012013

I’m a person who loves change. Not huge, life-altering changes, necessarily, but little ones. I think for stay-at-home mothers, who spend a great deal of time staring at the same four walls, change is particularly important, and especially appreciated.

Yesterday, I was very depressed. I learned yesterday morning that our credit card number was stolen, for the second time in two years, and used to buy nearly $500 in food and drinks at a bar. In FRANCE. Our credit card statement said “The Atlantic Bar,” so we thought it was used in Chicago, but the representative we spoke to said it was actually a French bar, which is why we also had several “foreign transaction fees,” on our account. I was quite discouraged because it’s a huge pain in the butt to deal with this sort of thing, even when you’re not held liable for the charges.

Then it started snowing….again. It had been snowing pretty much non-stop for two days.

Then, DJ dumped cranberry juice all over the carpet in his room, AND cut a big hole in his new shirt with a pair of scissors left on the table by Cakes.

So…yeah. Yesterday was not my favorite day of all time.

This morning though, I woke up to bright sunshine streaming through the windows, and when I went downstairs to start the usual load of laundry, I spotted the new comforter set I bought for our bed, waaaayyyy back before Christmas, sitting on a shelf. I’ve been waiting to use it until I could find time to paint our room, but I thought to myself, “What are you waiting for? So what if it won’t look ‘perfect.’ Seize the day!”

As soon as I put it on the bed, I felt immediately better. I felt refreshed. Invigorated. Inspired, even! I decided to clean our entire room, really thoroughly, which I’ve been meaning to do for the last, er….well. Several months, at least.

It looks, smells, and feels so fresh and clean now, and I feel a million times better. People like me, who lean toward perfectionism, tend to put things off until we can do them perfectly (as if there is such a thing). The result is often that we never do them at all, thereby missing out on something that might really make us happy.

So…is there a change you’ve been wanting to make, but you’ve been waiting for the “perfect” time? Maybe that time is right now!


  14 Responses to “Small Changes Make a Big Difference”

  1. I love this post! It describes my day yesterday perfectly!
    Determined to change things around I went shopping this morning and splurged on a few room sprays and candles to maybe help my mood. Hopefully both of our todays are better than our yesterdays!

  2. We had our cards stolen, too. We were sure it happened online and suspect it was due to a security breach with an online vendor. It’s such a hassle to clean up the mess and it shakes your confidence, doesn’t it? Funny thing, though… the person who stole ours, in addition to making purchases, used it to donate to a children’s charity in Chicago. I thought…great, our thief is a philanthropist. Grief! Seriously, you should do a post on that subject someday — you’re so good as making complicated things easy to understand.

  3. It looks great! I think I’m going to change our bedroom up a little bit too!

  4. Your blog inspires me 🙂

  5. I love this post 🙂 what a good reminder to do something now instead of waiting for perfection.
    Purple is my most favorite color, I love your room!

  6. Love this post. I have been wanting to paint my kitchen for a very long time and picked a color starting the job tonight after kids are in bed. I think we are ready for Spring already! Can’t wait to have the windows open and get clothes on the line! (Of course I should do it regularly even in winter but just don’t). Desperate for some warm sunshine. Kudos to you! Love the room it looks great.

  7. Yes! This is me! I put everything off, because I want things to be just *perfect*. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I need to start somewhere. Thanks for your post. It was a much-needed push in the right direction 🙂

    Oh, and your bedroom looks GREAT!

  8. I had the exact same thing happen to me. My credit card was charged $900 in France. This is the third time I’ve had to cancel my card. It really is a pain because all my bills draft from that card, so I have to update EVERYTHING when I get my new one.

  9. So sorry to hear about your card. That is so frustrating! I had mine stolen last year and they charged over a thousand dollars on it! Glad your day turned brighter for you. Looks like Pumpkin the cat likes the new bed set too 🙂

  10. I hear you all around this post. Two of my credit cards were charged on a couple of weeks ago and it is an awful feeling not to mention the inconvenience.
    I’m inspired to go spruce up my bedroom today!

  11. Hmmm…..the card my husband travels for business with does not take overseas charges UNLESS you call in advance and give the basic dates and places. I’m wondering if credit card companies can “flip” that switch, especially if you never travel overseas.

    I’m pecking away at the house. The four walls have gone too long without some attention.

  12. Your bedroom looks great! The new spread looks to me like it perfectly matches your walls! I totally agree that little changes are very important for at-home moms. Just a little change of scenery is so motivating and refreshing! The kids love it too. We already have our spring decorations up, even though we’re expecting a snowstorm tomorrow. At least it feels like spring inside the house!

  13. So sorry to hear about your credit card. When we were living in PA and took a summer vacation to LA, we had problems using our credit card – the bank wanted us to call and confirm it was really us using our credit card so far from home! It was annoying, but I was really glad they did that.

    The new bedding looks great! I agree, little changes like that can make all the difference.

  14. I LOVE this blog! I seriously think God has me read the right article at the right time. As I was taking a break from cleaning my very dusty and cluttered Master bedroom, I literally hit the wrong button on my phone taking me straight to this! LOL I love the way you write and how you are so transparent about your journey out of the land of “perfect”. I am on this journey as well, and this was a great reminder not to wait. May I just say, your room looks AMAZING! The wall colors were perfect as they are, so painting wasn’t even necessary, esp. after all you have been doing lately =D.

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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