Christmas, Personal

A Moment Of Reflection…

It’s just a material object that I can’t take with me but it has given me much more than a home… this adventure began back in 2009 and although I wouldn’t like to relive the experience again (never say never hey!) what I have gained has been priceless!

french manor house

I know it sounds odd but I found myself through this renovation project. I have learnt dedication, visualization, determination, resilience, how to be a team with my hubby, new skills and that you can learn anything off a youtube video (well nearly anything)!! I truly believe if you put your mind to something you can achieve anything you desire!

christmas wreath

I’ll always be thankful to the individuals who showed us true selflessness by giving their time to help us (a couple with their heads in the clouds who knew nothing about renovating, thank god for Dad 😉 ).

fine art home decor

We’ve just celebrated our 5th Christmas here and still now this place I call home continues to remind me of the strength and determination I possess and for that I will be forever thankful, to our home, in a little village, in the middle of the French countryside. Wherever we go a piece of my heart will stay within these walls.

A moment of reflection

It’s so true, we often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work! I remember listening to the wonderful Jim Rohn one evening while decorating and he said – “Whether you stay six weeks, six months or six years, always leave it better than you found it.” This has now become my philosophy.

Go the extra mile

Through this project, I found out what I love to do. I also started my first library of books, tried my hand at gardening, landscaping, tiling, decorating, interior design, styling and much much more. We have had so many special times and made some wonderful memories as well as shed some tears (and gained a few grey hairs!!) but all the ups and downs have shaped me and I’m so glad our path brought us to this wonderful place!

christina sarah photography

When I look back at the before and after pictures (I’ll be sure to share some of these soon), one side makes me think “what the hell were you thinking” and the other “wow look where we are now!!”

christina sarah

I realised along the way that I am a work in progress just like this house, you can’t be perfect in an instant and you probably never will be, you’ll always have imperfections but as long as you keep progressing life will only get better!

So stay strong with whatever you are pursuing and in the moments when you would just rather give up remember how far you’ve come and know the finish line is much nearer than you think.

With love,
Christina x

  1. Olesia

    January 20th, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Beautuful post and photography Christina ❤️ All the best of luck in your new adventure!

  2. Christina Sarah

    January 20th, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you so much Olesia <3

  3. yvonne hayman

    January 21st, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    lovely memories chrissy wishing you and si all the luck in the world for your new adventure lots of love Yvonne and frank xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Christina Sarah

    January 21st, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you so much Yvonne and Frank, and a HUGE thank you to you both for all your help with our home, all that hard work was so so appreciated!! Much love always x

  5. Marilyn

    January 22nd, 2016 at 10:37 am

    We’re so proud of who you are becoming along your magnificent journey sweetheart <3

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