Making Room For My New Life

We had a long weekend here in Canada, I was excited as I planned to sleep in a couple of the days... of course that didn't happen, however; I did get a lot of things done that I had on my list. I had a couple of ladies I know come to my home early this evening and we cleaned out my office, preparing for me to work from home in the near future. It is amazing how much stuff we hold on to... I found things I had not seen since I moved in here almost 8 years ago... I purged so much of it, it felt wonderful.  My motto is if I have not used it in the last 6 months, it is going. 

I am working on that with Valentina too... she tends to hold onto stuff and it just clutters her room. I know many people will say to me it is her room and I just need to close the door... she will learn to pick up after herself. Unfortunately that is not how it works with her, her room gets out of control and then she tends to leave it in many parts of the house. She went swimming today with a friend and she needed her lock, we had to go through all the bags she has and we found it with many of the other items she was missing...  I told her that her room is next on the list and that she really needs to think about what is important. 
Frankly if it is important, you will take care of it, you will know were it is... it will not be at the bottom of closet or in a bag with garbage in it... When I decided that working from home is very important to me, I knew I had to do whatever possible to make it happen. At first I believed it was moving to a new place but once I found out that Valentina will be needing braces for a few years I had to rethink what I actually needed. I still wanted to work from home and a way was suggested, I decided then and there to make it happen, not wait until I was given the green light... 

I think waiting would have meant stressing myself out at the last minute... I have become comfortable with my bed in the living room and by staying here, I have been forced to rid my house of unnecessary items... so I realized I never had to move, I had to change my thought patterns thinking that I needed more. Having more wouldn't have made me happy... Can you imagine if I had found the place, moved in and then found out about Valentina's teeth?... everything happens for a reason.  I needed to see that I had enough... more than enough. 
I'm content with where I am right now, I can see that it will be much less stress that I stay here... it is close to the grocery store, the dentist, the beautiful walking trail, major malls... I am able to walk to many of these places. I am looking forward to making it happen as soon as possible... Hopefully before the summer is over, I don't want to travel another winter and I want to be home for Valentina... sometimes we need to make concessions to have what we really need... 

I remember reading many years ago that if you want something in your life, you need to make room for it... that is why I decided to get prepared for this change in my life... This made me think about how I have cluttered other parts of my life so that I don't have room for change... It is time for me really think about what is important and what I can and cannot live with out, only then I will be able to make the room for what I really need in my life. 
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89 comments :

  1. I'm so happy for you that you have found a way to work from home. It is amazing how things always seem to work out for the best, even though it might not seem that way at the time!

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  2. So glad to hear you're feeling happy and content with where you are.

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  3. Dear Launna, I'm so happy for you. The best is yet to come!

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

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  4. I love this, Launna. I needed to hear this message, particularly right now in my life. Time for me to do some de-cluttering too.

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  5. Jilda and I decluttered our house a few months ago and it made a dramatic difference in our living space. I know you're excited about working from home but I encourage you to set boundaries.
    When you work, work and when you're off, DON'T work:)

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  6. Don't you feel like you just took a huge, important step forward into your future? I am so happy for you. Sometimes our dreams come true in small, unexpected ways-ways we would never have wanted to claim in the beginning.
    Who would have thought that you would be comfortable with your bed in your living room and to be letting go of things you thought you had to have (even if you haven't seen them in years)...lol
    I am doing the same thing-purging as we prepare to downsize. "collections" that have had for years are going to be the choice collection of another as I release them.
    Sounds like you are in the perfect spot for the time being; that you are close enough to places that you need to be close to but also a place you can claim as your office/workplace as your plans progress.
    I am happy for you, Launna. You've come a long way, baby! (old motto from the 70s)...lol xo Diana

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  7. It seems like things are really falling into place, I'm so glad :) I love how you wrote: 'think about what is important and what I can and cannot live with out, only then I will be able to make the room for what I really need in my life. ' I couldn't agree more.

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  8. Some good thoughts here. Yes, we need to think about what's really important in our lives and make room for that.

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  9. Great Quotes Launna! In the Words are so much Inspiration!
    Thank you :)

    kisses and Hugs from Vienna <3

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  10. I'm so Happy for You My Lovely friend!!! It's a pleasure to read your post today!!!!!
    I Wish You all the best!!!
    xo Paola
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  11. Postagem maravilhosa tenha sempre foco em tudo que for fazer
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  12. It's good to get rid of the things we don't use.I totally agree with you in cleaning the room of your daughter also, after all a parent only can guide a kid better.You would be surprised to know that here in India, parents are involved in almost very decision of their kid ( of course now with modern times things are changing a bit) but still we always look up to our parents for their decision or approval of our decision.It is kind of reassuring also that we are doing the right things if our parents approve our decisions.

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  13. I am so happy to know that you are happy!! I wish you more happiness and everything good in love. Its always a delight to read your letters <3

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  14. I'm happy about the progress you've made, Launna. I've been getting rid of some things in my house too and I'm beginning to feel light. I know with prayers and efforts, God will lead us there. All the best and keep doing you. :)

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. We are workign on getting rid of clutter, too. We just moved and I could not believe how much random stuff we had that we never use! Once we are all settled in we're going to start tackling decluttering.
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  16. Wow, Launna! It's not so long before you get to work from your home office. And I always relate so much to you! If I've not used it in 4-6 months, then of course it's going! This decluttering trick really helps to clean the mess soon. But guess what, I've SO many things piled up here that I almost get frustrated wondering where to start.

    Best of luck! I wish you lots of happiness! <3

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  17. Ahhh, decluttering... feels SO good!! I think it's great you are prioritizing working on better habits of organization with your daughter. Closing the door is not good advice, well, IMO it's not... ha! Does Valentina know Alena?? Cause Alena seems to leave things around the house, too (socks, stuffed animals, toys... just whatever...) you can always tell where she's been. I've been trying to get better about having her come and pick up after herself, but sometimes I forget and quickly put stuff away for her. And I'm like, that's not helping her to learn to be a neat and organized person...

    Have a good Wednesday lady!



    Amber
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  18. This is a great post, Launna. It is exciting for you to be making these changes to make room for what's important in your life and to realize at the same time that there are other things you can let go of. I need to start going through our things and doing the same thing. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  19. I'm very happy to hear you so positive and confident about your actions and the future, Launna!
    This is definitely the right attitude to get beautiful things!
    And I totally agree with you: everything happens for a reason and it's up to us making this a positive or negative thing!
    And don't worry too much for Valentina holding & cluttering, I was like her (and I'm still pretty like this), I've wanted hold a lot of things maybe just because they remember me a moment or an event and in my mind these things are something like precius memories, but with time I started to change my mind and looking for a more clear and tidy space.
    Now my room is way cleaner than many years ago (but still not my wardrobe ^^)! So don't worry too much, giving her right advices and with a bit of patience she'll undestand on her own! :)
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  20. Everything definitely happens for a reason. It just takes us some time and distance to figure that out. I read this quote about how looking backward your vision is 20/20, but looking forward it's always 10/20.

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  21. Hey Launna! It is so wonderful to read about how positive your life seems to be at the moment. I really do hope that it all works out for you working from home. Onwards and upwards! Xoxo

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  22. Hi dear Launna! I'm sorry for not having visited your blog in the past few days, I was busy doing stuff becasue I had a getaway from Saturday to Tuesday morning.
    I'm happy to be back and find such a beautiful lesson shared here. I agree on the importance of getting rid of things we no longer use or need, and that applies to material things and also feeling. I should learn to declutter more in my life and like you, maing room for new things: people, adventures, objects... Thanks for reminding us all how necessary is that, Launna! :)

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  23. I think I am like Valentina, I find very difficult to rid of things, I hols everything and cluttering, I need to do something in my house too like you have done. Your post sounds really positive, keep it up!
    Where about in Canada do you live? My sister is living in Canada for few months but I did not get time to see her and she will be back soon...
    xxx
    www.travelera.es

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  24. I find getting rid of clutter to be so freeing. I hold on to some things that have sentimental value to me. But- I love getting rid of things I no longer need or use. Other people can benefit from what we don't need anymore. :) Glad you are getting so much done!
    ~Jess

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  25. I'm so happy for the two of you. You are being a wonderful role model to Valentina..too..saying this..I'm a lot like Valentina...when it comes to my room. I'm glad you brought up emotional clutter, as well. It worries me that I've been bogged down from all those mettling reasons of doing so many things in your life that others just know would make you happy..and then you do these certain things in your mind set to make them happy. Oh what a vicious cycle it becomes.

    Wishing all the best for you. Very inspiring post!

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  26. Woohoo! That deserves a celebration, Launna. New milestone, that is.
    Enjoy your new life and thanks as always for these inspiring words. And go get some sleep! :)

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  27. I'm glad it all worked out and you found out about the braces before the move. I think things happen for a reason too. :) Hurray for working from home. You're lucky. :)

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  28. How when you want something, you gotta make room for it is really so apt literally and figuratively for you in this post, Launna! What a nice quote.

    I'm so proud of you for tidying up your place and being able to throw so many things away. I'm a very sentimental person and I tend to keep all the little notes and letters from the past (even from school!) but I don't even read them any more! The description of how Valentina is like is so funny. I know how exasperating it is to be untidy and not able to find things.

    I'm going to move out into a condo with my hub soon. We have been staying with his family for years. ANd I'm very excited coz my room is getting more and more cluttered, I cannot find things and it makes me very agitated and exasperated at times when I can't find things or when things start to topple from the lack of space. Have you heard of this book? http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22318578-the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up
    I think I need to read this before I move out. I still have got half of my stuff in my family home and I need to empty that room too.

    All the best in your work working from home!

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled JardiniĂšre

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  29. So glad you are content with where you are right now, Launna. That's the best and most happiest thing we can strive for I think, to be happy and content with our lives. So many aren't and I know you were in a bad place, so I'm glad you have turned that around.

    I'm probably the same as Valentina, I tend to keep a lot of things and hold onto them so I have too many things in my room, but I can't part with most of them as they all mean something to me.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  30. Passando para ti deseja um belo dia
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  31. I am so glad to hear you are doing what you set out to do and work from home in the near future. I think decluttering is so important and I actually throw too many things away... I kind of get carried away my husband loves to hold on to too many things he really doesn't need so I throw it away when he is at work lol.

    PS. I will be going for surgery on Friday so hopefully I will be okay in some time to come back to blogging.
    BEAUTETUDE

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  32. Mas acho que pra cabelos secos aquele produto seria bom de passar na raiz! ;D

    Tenho que começar a fazer o mesmo que vocĂȘ, Launna! Tenho mania de guardar coisas que nĂŁo uso... Fiquei feliz em saber que vocĂȘ conseguiu realizar essa mudança! Sei que trabalhar na sua casa vai ser o melhor pra vocĂȘ!

    Ótima quinta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  33. What a great concept Launna, letting go of what we don't need or use to make room for the new, the things we truly want. I believe that so why sometimes is it so darn hard to let go!!! Hugs to you cyber buddy. You shine big time.

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  34. just read your comment on my blog Launna and yes yes yes, you will get through the wilderness to even feeling grateful for the hard times. It's so weird how that happens but it does. Hugs.

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  35. All the best with working from home. I did some spring cleaning too and it felt good. Hope you have a great day
    www.effortlesslady.co

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  36. Yes, Launna...its great that you are at a happy place for now.

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  37. Dear Launna,
    I should do the same at home, too many things stuffed... I can think better if everything's in order. I'm so happy for you :)))
    What I miss is sleeping...
    A big hug from Italy!

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  38. I really believe that good things won't come to us as easily if our lives and spaces are cluttered with past junk. When I emptied out our big home and got rid of all the stuff of decades, I felt lighter and freer with every trip to the dump or the second-hand store. It's wonderful to finally take charge of one's space in this way.

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  39. Honey everything happens for a reason. I agree with you Luanna
    Have a nice Friday!
    Kisses
    Dili
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  40. sounds like things have been going well for you. I'm glad to hear. I just spend a couple of days going through boxes at my parents' house. I let go of a lot of things too. it's always such a liberating and light feeling.

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  41. Well-said. "Out with the old, and in with the new" is always a good philosophy, as long as no one is looking at ME when they say it. :) Keep up the good work, kiddo. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  42. You couldn't be more right, Launna. If you really care and cherish the stuff, you will take good care of it and keep it in a good place. I think we all tend to hoard stuff sometimes, I know I do too especially with clothes. It's always "I'm going to wear that soon" but I never do so off to charity it goes.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  43. Passando para desejar uma semana abençoada.
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  44. You're so right Launna, we have to make room for the new always. My kids tend to leave their things all over too. My youngest especially. Every once in a while i give them all away and i feel just like you, very light. I wish I could do this more often.

    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/2016/05/general-commencement-at-uc-berkeley.html

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  45. Hi Launna,
    I'm so happy! this is a beautiful news.
    Have an adorable weekend
    kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion blog

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  46. Dear Launna, what a lovely article as usual. You do definately need to make room in life for somethings.

    || MrsinLONDON lifestyle blog ||

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  47. I love the new layout of your blog Launna! I don't like hoarding stuff so I am always up for a good clear out :)

    www.steffysstyle.com

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  48. I am glad to see the changes u have bought about in ur life.. de cluttering and getting rid of stuff u dnt need or wont use is the first step towards a positive change.. I wish u good luck to work from home.. Have a happy Sunday Launna

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  49. Oh Launna, you do sound up and so positive, it's lovely to read.
    I do almost agree with you when you say de-cluttering "My motto is if I have not used it in the last 6 months, it is going. "
    My motto (well I try to stick with it) is, if I haven't used or worn anything for the past 12 months it goes!

    I hope you are having a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  50. I also needto adopt this 6 month rule beuse i have clothes i havent worn in like 2 years which end up just fiiling my room
    So happy for you as you were able to do some decluttering

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  51. Hi dear Launna! How are you? Great to hear that you feel happy! :-)

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  52. Passando para ti desejar um belo dia e uma semana abençoada.
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  53. Dear Launna,
    little sleep, Raffaele wakes up every two hours these days. I hope it's going to pass by... and that you can walk regularly, it helps a lot :)
    A big hug!

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  54. De cluttering is such a great way to organize and simplify your life and I agree that going through things and deciding what you really need is so important to keeping things tidy!

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  55. Aquela mĂĄscara para cĂ­lios Ă© boa para usar no dia a dia! ;)

    Também queria não ter que utilizar nem óculos nem lentes de contato... Espero conseguir fazer em breve a operação para reduzir o grau!

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

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  56. Dear Launna, how inspirational are your posts and how good is to come here and read your reflexions
    kss a lot
    new post: http://tupersonalshopperviajero.blogspot.com.es/2016/05/khaki-white-spring-outfit.html

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  57. Hello dear:
    The first sentece is very wise, there is not room for the new if you are holding on to the old. It happens to me often. Have a great day! xoxo

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  58. This is wonderful. Having a sort out has so many benefits beyond just a cleaner house. I agree if something is important enough you'll know where it is. Reminds me of one of my main beliefs in life which is that if someone is important enough to you you'll make time for them (often frustrated by people's excuses of being too busy). I definitely thinking the time in which we realise something is for a reason too.

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  59. De-Cluttering is pretty powerful. And it's a lot of work....but worth it.
    I am so glad you found a way to drop the dreadful commute.

    I have been enforcing things being put away in Daya's room...and IT IS WORKING!! he room has stayed cleaner for longer than it has ever been.
    I figure if enough time passes it will become a habit.

    If not hopefully she will grow into it..Valentina too.... too much stuff is overwhelming,

    I'm proud of you Launna! xoxo

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  60. Oh I'm definitely guilty of piling up clutter in my house and then it takes an eternity to get rid of it... but I've been doing better recently, just like you. Good job to us both :)

    Bella Pummarola

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  61. Passando pra ti deseja uma noite maravilhosa
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  62. Ti auguro una bellissima notte! Adoro leggere i tuoi post, molto belli!

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  63. This is so true, I'm trying to be more or a minimalist myself. I see the beauty in open spaces and it makes me feel a lot more free. I wish you all the best with this change in your life Launna, I feel that it it such a positive direction.

    Much Love,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

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  64. I ''found'' so much stuff I've already forgotten about when I moved last year. I think I'm a lot like Valentina, I just can't let go off things, cos ''they might come handy one day'' so I can admit I have to much stuff and am perfect at making a mess. But I have an excuse I kinda took that down from my parents, they always save everything for just in case too.
    I hope you'll enjoy your working from home, saving you the daily ride, I think it's a big plus.

    Have a wonderful day, kisses

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  65. I cannot believe how much stuff we hold on to, either. We recently moved and the amount of random stuff we found was ridiculous! We are in a process of cleaning out our stuff and getting rid of things now that we are organizing our new place!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  66. It's amazing what we think we need when in reality, we could survive (and even be comfortable) with so little, eh? That's a debate I've been having too because our van just died and we're down to one car...that doesn't fit our whole family. And not enough funds to buy a second vehicle. Ugh. Decision time...

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  67. Launna! Espero conseguir um emprego logo... Estou entediada dentro de casa!

    Os produtos da Nivea não decepcionam, né?! Aquele hidratante é muito bom!

    Ótima quarta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  68. I like your attitude. We all need to learn that if we cannot find a way we may want to make a way. I admire you for giving away your things. We sure don't need to keep things that we don't need. Enjoy the fruits of your hard work.

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  69. wow, you could not have come up in the perfect moment! needed this right now.

    xx,
    www.houseofakih.com

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  70. Launna I'm glad to hear you've made definite progress towards decluttering your house and redefining what you really need. I hope the plan goes ahead soon, so you're able to start working from home and be spared the long journey during the winter. It's so true, we hold onto things for sentimental reasons sometimes, but if they start to weigh us down, then we have to re-evaluate whether they're actually helping or hindering us.

    Well done and I hope you continue on a positive path.

    Saba xx

    www.trulymadlydeeplyfashion.blogspot.com

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  71. Lau querida lindo dia para vocĂȘ
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  72. Dear Launna,
    I'm taking to bed all my three kids. Hope little Raffaele sleeps all night long... What a bad weather in Northern Italy in these days, it seems to be in autumn...
    A big hug!

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  73. I'm so happy for you! And I totally understand! xo

    www.Raquelcanofficial.com

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  74. Hi fabulous! Hope you're still enjoying the new space. Sending lots of love.

    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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  75. Oh sweetie I feel happy to know that you feel like with less stress now. Thanks for share with us another inspiring post
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  76. Passando pata ti desejar bom final de semana.
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  77. You are so wise my friend! You are doing all the right things to make it happen not just sitting back waiting! Wish you had good dental insurance! Hugs!

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  78. Dear Launna, I hope you're enjoying this weekend. It's so unusually rainy here... :)
    A big hug from Milan!

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  79. I just came back to re-read this post and realised that my comment isn't here for some reason- I remember leaving one...
    Indeed everyhthing happens for a reason and it just boils down to that same way I tend to take things when they happen- by believing that it is all working together for my good.
    I really like it when I read your plans coming together like this, I'm so happy you're at this place and I pray it just keeps getting better and better.... :) :) :) X

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  80. I'm glad you didn't move and that working from home is going to work out for you. I for one would hate to move away from walking trails and having those other places in walking distance.

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