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Turning My Frown Upside Down

It's that time of the year when kids graduate and begin their new exciting lives. sometimes they begin those new lives close to home and sometimes they find themselves far away from home base. I just happen to have a daughter who is moving an 18 hour drive away from home base and taking her older brother with her. She just graduated from college and has an internship that will hopefully lead to a fulltime job in Dallas. She's thrilled at this opportunity and I'm thrilled for her, but I will miss her and her brother dearly. Thanks to Covid, I have had my kids home more than usual, completely spoiled having them around for dinner, trips to the nail salon, binge shopping, morning workouts and late night talks in the kitchen. Those sweet moments will soon be coming to an end and it will be an emotional time for me. So what can I do to turn that frown upside down? How can I make light of this momentous change in my life?

I have been planning a room takeover. Once my daughter is out of her large room with attached bathroom and walk-in closet, I plan to make it my office and refuge. I have already ordered a couch, chair, rug, buffet (for my Keurig, and microwave), and coffee table. Most of my items have already been delivered and are anxiously awaiting their placement in their new home. My daughter is leaving her two book shelves so I will have plenty of shelving for all of my books and I will finally move my writing desk from the master bedroom to it's own room where it will actually get used. In addition to creating a new space just for me, I also started looking for a teaching position at the college level. It's time to go back to work and do something rewarding and empowering. I still plan to continue writing, but I need another outlet and additional inspiration as well as meeting and engaging with others outside my social circle. I look forward to meeting people from different backgrounds with different opinions to broaden my views on

current events.

So, about that office. I'll post pictures when it's all done. The couch won't be ready until the end of June but the rest should be done by mid June. Looking forward to it even if I'm not looking forward to saying goodbye to my two oldest kids!


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