Day 25: start where you are

We’re on day twenty-five of 31 days to Embrace Your Space.
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The most beautiful house I’ve ever been in is my friend Lisa’s. I’ve shared her home many times here, and I’ve gotta be honest when I tell you that walking into her house really is like walking into my favorite decorating magazines. It made me feel a little inferior, until I realized that I’m still in my beginning – and she’s way past me in our decorating journeys.

When first arriving at her home and getting the grand tour, she would say things like, “We just added this room over here,” or, “Then we had another kid, so we closed in this porch for another bedroom.” It amazed me that her home looked so spacious, although she assured me over and over that it was through lots of years of remodeling that got it to that point.

I’m *this close* to the major remodeling being completed in my home. There’s plenty left to decorate (because I’m honestly never, evah “done”) but in just a few more short weeks all of the huge construction projects will finally be complete. I’m still in the beginning of my journey (the remodeling phase), while my sweet friend has been out of that phase for quite some time.

So, my sweet friends, don’t compare your journey, your path, your LIFE to that of your friend/sister/neighbor/favorite blogger. We’re all on different paths – but you’re just where you need to be. Don’t give up! Just start where you are – and you’ll get there… even if it does take longer than you’d like.

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. I’m really enjoying this series! I so appreciate your Christian perspective on decorating: the understanding that people are more important that things, the reminders about contentment, making the best of where we are at while realizing that this life is only temporary. So refreshing!

  2. I love this series. Those are some wise words, I’m new to blogging and decorating. I’ve done to rooms, each room I learn something new. I look around and see everything else looking so wonderful but I’ll get there and then, more than likely the tips I have learned will make me want to start the first rooms again.

  3. This series has been wonderful — it is the only one of the ’31 days’ blogs I’ve read everyday. You are wise beyond your time in life — you have foresight! Sally

  4. I ditto Salmagundi’s comment. This is the only “31 days” blog topic I have followed (and looked forward to) in years. Too many times people are trying to tell me what I should be or what I should like or what I should do… but you are allowing us to be ourselves and to accept what is and make ourselves better if we want to do that. I already love my house more because it is a work in progress… not a plastic showplace.

  5. Couldn’t agree more! We are in the middle of our full scale cottage renovation of our 1880’s home. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel:) But your journey will progress & you will motivate someone along the way no doubt. Life is every evolving to me it make sense that your style & home evolve right along with it. All the best on your reno dreams! Carrie

  6. Fabulous post, and something I need to remind myself of. Too often I think ‘why can’t I be there?’ only to remember I’m just starting!
    Thanks for the series and especially this post.
    Debbie 🙂

  7. Wow! You are such a sweet friend! I felt so awed when i visited your house also. You have done so much work to it and made it your own. We can start a mutual admiration society. Thanks for the kind words. You bless me! Lisa~

  8. What a terrific quote and a wonderful reminder for all aspects of our lives! I agree with all the other comments that this 31 day series has been terrific and I have looked forward to each post. I know I constantly compare my art to others who have been doing this so much longer than I have, and I appreciate the gentle reminder to love where I am and not to focus on others, but myself.

    Thank you for a wonderful series.

  9. thank you for this post, it’s perfect 🙂

  10. I seem to be the only guy around, but I love this series. My beautiful wife and I love shabby style (actually she introduced it to me) and I have been extremely encouraged by these wise posts. We don’t possess a hughe house in Southern Spain, where we live, but we are decorating it in such a way that we like it more and more every day. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

  11. Hi Tony,
    Nah, you’re not the only one… but I’m glad you’re here 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying the series!

  12. So true, Gina…as I feel about not having 6656 follower’s. Patience is a virtue, right?

  13. We can’t do as other people since we’re ourselves. That’s what makes life interesting, we grow and change our minds about how we want to live, how we decorate, craft, we can only go with how we feel is right for us, in all aspects of life. Hopefully we grow as move on in life. At 72 I’ve changed my mind about so many aspects of my life.
    Really enjoy how you think and express yourself. Makes me think and obviously other people also. We don’t have to agree, think about our lives in different ways, love life.

  14. This is so timely for me! I went to the Southern Bloggers Conference and I gathered so many blogger’s cards and looked at their home tours. I was so not worthy! At least that is the way that I felt. Thanks for the reminder. I will get where I need to be, it just will take me a while.


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