The week long project took 15 months. The starts and stops were both within and beyond our control. Changing our minds from recarpeting to tile certainly extended the project. Doing it ourselves also took more time. Some days we worked hard and made lots of progress. It felt good. Some days we just had other priorities and could not work on it. That was frustrating. Some days we were tired and didn't feel like it. That didn't feel so good. There were things truly beyond our control, like two surgeries and two recoveries. (one for each of us)
Now, finally, at long last the floor is done. It looks fabulous! I love it. It has been worth every second of the wait. The room itself is not finished. (I'll post pictures then.) We are going to chalk paint the furniture black, and I have some bedding and curtains to complete. I am so enjoying going back there and deciding just where to put this lovely little thing or that.
Oddly, I'm purging a lot of stuff too. It feels good. It is spilling over into the rest of the house. I'm rearranging lots of things and finding more than I realized, I can live without. I walked over 9000 steps in.my.house yesterday, moving stuff around, doing laundry, etc. Well, not all actually in the house, but I did NOT go on a planned walk. Really.
I felt good all day yesterday. It was a good day, although not everything that happened yesterday was a good thing. I had good day. This morning as I wrote down my 2016 mantra: "I am strong, fit and healthy." Then I went back and read what I wrote: "I am strong, fit and happy." Really. I wrote that. I just sat and looked at it. I am happy.
It goes beyond the floor. It is just a room. In time, we'll redecorate or move or something. It isn't permanent. It isn't vital. It isn't really even important. I think what has got me so, hyped is the accomplishment. I'm not sure we'd do it again, if we knew when we started what all it would entail. but we stuck it out. We saw it through to the end. We did it together and we did a great job.
If I were really clever, I'd connect this somehow with weight loss. I'd draw a parallel between the stops and starts of the floor to the stops and starts of healthy eating. The decisions within and beyond my control to workout or not. I'd take this lesson and apply it to being healthy, although, I'm not sure there is a final completion day there. I still could use this somehow. I enjoy this feeling. I need to keep it.