Oh This Construction Project

Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom Nook
Master Bedroom Nook
Master Bedroom Closet
Master Bedroom Closet
Master Bedroom Closet

Oh this construction project. I have so many emotions, and words, for it. I love seeing the progress but we’ve had days, and some weeks, when little or nothing gets done. I can see the end coming but it’s still weeks away.

So where is the project at now? There has been a big push to get our master bedroom complete. We have been out of our room for thirteen weeks. We have gotten back in this week but it isn’t complete. There is electrical to finish, the closet rails need to be hung, and the transitions for the flooring need to be installed. You may be asking, “how can you live in a room with unfinished electrical?” Most of the electrical is done. The ceiling fan and my fancy sparkly light for the nook need to be installed.

In the addition they are reconstructing the deck and the side fence that had to come down for the excavator. The painters are painting everything. Our vanity was installed last night and is waiting for the painters to, well, paint it. There are things that need to be corrected in the addition. For example, the bathroom vanity light fixture was installed upside down, a piece of sheet rock was cut out but hasn’t been reinstalled, mudded and painted. Little things like that , which are annoying.

I’m sure I could go on and on about all the things, but I think this is good.

If you’re interested in keeping up with the construction and other things going on in my world, then pop on over to instagram @beinglaurakmarshall .

Until next time.

Making things happen

We recently moved in with my father and in that process we got rid of a lot of stuff. Then the first two weeks we were here, we got rid of even more stuff. Then more time went by and we got rid of even more stuff. We donated to local charities and sent other things to the auction house. There is still more stuff to go through. I have been consistently going through all of our belongings in an attempt to organize and get things in there new home. But in this process I’m still donating items and there will be more items in the future.

But what’s got me thinking is the two pods worth of stuff still to be unpacked once the addition is finished. The addition is another story. There is furniture for the boys rooms and other miscellaneous items for the house. My mind keeps going to the “do we need, or want, all those items in the pods?” And I keep thinking, “probably not”.

It seems kind of backwards to me that I want to reduce the amount of things I have but we’re adding about 900 square feet to the house which will end up with stuff. The space were adding is for bedrooms, not just to have more space for stuff. But it does feel a tad counter productive.

I look around and see my belongings and that of my families. Some of the stuff is useful, some meaningful, and other things that are just there. Some of the items will have a home in the addition and are hanging out in an odd spot, but I feel others may be moving on to new homes.

There will be a lot of work going on in the coming months to pear down the things and lots of construction of the new area. But when the addition is ready to move in to I will have to face the pods and all that they hold. I think that will be a true test of what items I want to keep in my life and which items I will bid a fond farewell too.

How do you feel about your space and your belongings in it?

Until next time keep up with me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall

The Purge

When I was in middle school I read a collection of stories about people who gave up all their worldly possessions to live a simple life. That simple life was in different forms. I remember thinking who in the world would do that? All of their stuff. Only crazy people do that.

Well call me crazy but I’ve been purging a lot of stuff lately. Car loads of stuff to our local charity. And I was reminded of those stories. My life had been taken over by stuff. And most of that stuff didn’t have any meaning for me. The thought of having meaningless stuff just hanging around, weighing  me down, was a horrible feeling. That’s when I started going through everything.

I’ve gotten rid of a lot of things and I don’t even miss the stuff. Which I thought I would, but I’m loving the feeling of being free from stuff. A weight has truly been lifted. Believe me I still have a lot of things, but I’m going through them. I have a goal of once a week to make a drop off trip to the charity. The charity also does pickups so I’ll be using that as well.

When I’m deciding if an item will stay or go I ask myself a few questions.

  1. Have I used this lately
  2. Does it give me joy
  3. Is it meaningful

It’s been hard for some items and to be honest, there are items that have made it through a few rounds because I can’t seem to let them go. And there were others that were really easy to say good-bye to. But oh what a feeling of knowing  others will enjoy and benefit from the items. That makes me feel good.

Have any of you gone through this or are currently purging stuff out of your life? I would love to hear about it.

If you’re interested in my daily journey please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall

Have a great day and see you soon.

Super Laura

Addicted to Art

Hello my name is Laura and I’m addicted to art.

Super Laura
Super Laura

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It all started nine weeks ago when I realized I was addicted to art. I dabbled off and on for years in sketching, a little water color here and there, maybe a colored pencil or two, but it wasn’t serious. I could stop any time I wanted to. That’s what I told myself at least. I would try to give it up but it kept pulling me back in. You know the smell of freshly sharpened pencils is hard to resist. We all know once you get hooked on art you can’t go back.

You know what? I am totally okay with that. That’s right. I’m okay with being addicted to art.

The last nine weeks have been totally amazing. I have rediscovered how much I love creating art. I started with some sketching, then Parker and Aiden started doing pixel art. So I figured I’d give that a try. It was so much fun. I have created quite a collection of those bad boys. Then I started drawing the harder stuff. You know, mandalas. Wow, talk about amazing. The ones I have created so far have just blown me away. I don’t even know how to express how much this process of creation has changed me over the course of the last two month.  It has been a wonderful experience that I plan on continuing for a long, long time to come.

Where is all of this art doing going to take me? I’m not sure, maybe art world domination? Only time will tell.

So I am proud to say, My name is Laura and I am addicted to art!

Enjoy these selected pieces of my art. For a daily dose of being me follow me on Instagram – beinglaurakmarshall or on twitter – @beinglkm

Brief History of Laura

Zen Frog because I love frogs
Zen Frog because I love frogs

To get things moving here I thought a brief history of me would be in order. I promise this isn’t going to be long but it’ll give you an idea of where I’m from and where I’ve been.

I was born in Panorama City California on November 26, 1975. I grew up in Simi Valley California. I am an only child. You know, my parents recognized perfection and stopped.

I went all the way through school in Simi graduating from Royal High School in June 1994. In Junior High I was a member of the choir and we went on a singing tour in Florida. That was pretty exciting. We sang in venues around Florida but the best place was Disney World. That’s hard to beat when you’re a teenager. While in high school I was a member of the dance team and competed quite extensively. In 1993 the team went to Japan to compete in the World Dance Competition. And guess what? We won. That was a pretty awesome time in my life. That was my first taste of international travel and I loved it. I was accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and a Business degree. I graduated in May 1998. Yep, in just four years.

After graduation I worked for an international hotel chain and moved to Texas in Sept 1998. In Texas I opened multiple hotels and restaurants for multiple companies. I even worked for the Dallas Cowboys for a period of time. Let me tell you that was an experience. That is also where I met my husband.

I got married on October 26, 2002. So as of this writing I’ve been married for twelve years. Wow, where does the time go? Jason and I welcomed our first son, Parker, into the world on January 24, 2005.

Jason had a job opportunity in the Pacific Northwest in 2006, specifically in the Portland area. Which it so happened to be where my parents had retired to a few years earlier. Being an only child and having the only grand baby it only seemed right to move. So we moved up to Oregon in March of 2006. We then welcomed our second son, Aiden, into the family on November 28, 2006. Aiden and my birthdays are two days apart. Not only do we share our birthday celebrations with each other, we share them with a turkey. Which if you didn’t see it earlier I am a Thanksgiving baby.

In January 2007 I began writing again much more seriously than I had in school. I started writing in elementary school, but never thought of writing as a real career choice. But as I went through my old writings I got excited about it again and thought, this actually is a real option. My first story was published in April 2012.

In October 2012 I decided to take a year off to write and be a full time mom. I loved every minute of that year. I wrote more than I have ever written before. It was glorious. The boys loved it because mom was actually home all the time. Which was a harsh contrast to when I was working in the restaurant 50 plus hours a week.

I returned to full time restaurant employment in November 2013 to a place I call the Burger Mines.

So what am I working on now? Currently I’m working on returning to purely creative pursuits, to be honest to my true self, to travel and create. To be the mom and wife I want to be. What that year off showed me was what was possible if I let it happen. So now I’m working my ever loving butt off to be able to live the life I truly want to live.

That is the history of me in a nutshell. See I told you it wouldn’t be too long.

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