1. Congrats on your Spring accomplishments and your new home, Christie! It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos. #Summer2020funlist

    • Thank you Natalie. We are very pleased. I was a little anxious being so far away from the construction as it was happening, but with social distancing and sheltering in place, it was safer to follow the progress through technology. And it worked! Happy summer to you!

  2. Welcome home!! What a beautiful space you have created. Glad you have moved in and begun enjoying this new chapter in life.

    I have begun listening to Calm.com and moving toward meditating but my mind WANDERS!!! How do I stay focused on being unfocused? Will it get easier? I can’t imagine being able to meditate for 20 minutes. But you inspire me to try!

    • Thank you Leslie. It is fun to see it coming together. Building a home during a pandemic when we were 500 miles away was a little worrisome at times, but it all worked out.

      I completely understand about the challenges of meditating. I do use guided meditation quite a bit, which helps. I’ve also let go of believing I have to be “unfocused” or completely relaxed to be meditating “right.” When I catch my mind wandering, I say or think the word “thinking,” then refocus on my breath. I don’t worry if this happens 100 times. Sometimes, I’ll repeat in my head, “Nowhere to go. Nothing to do. No one to be.” Also, sometimes I do loving kindness meditations, which in short, means I picture someone I love and repeat. “May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you feel at ease.” Then I move on to someone else, and repeat the process. I hope something in here helps. Stick with it. I do believe daily meditation has amazing benefits to mind and body.

      Wishing you a happy summer, Leslie!

  3. Hi Christie,
    Congrats on the new abode…it looks fabulous! You seem to have been very successful in ticking off items on your spring list. So ready for summer here in NH, and it finally feels that way. Enjoying porch living and pond swimming…just wish we could see the kids…

    • Hello Nancy, and thank you. We’ve got a lot of work yet to do, but it’s starting to feel like home. The porch living and pond swimming sound lovely. I hope you get to see the kids soon. Take care!

  4. Christie, You are very inspirational on how you did on your bucket list. I still struggle with meditation, yet I give it a go every day. Goosebumps on your first night in your home. It looks gorgeous. I count my blessings how I live in a beautiful part of the world. My biggest thrill was to finally hug my children and grandchildren. We still generally social distance when we get together. Thanks for sharing your update. xx

    • Thank you Erica. Meditation can be a struggle at times, but it’s worth the effort. Have you tried guided meditation? The most important thing (in my humble opinion) is to not be too hard on yourself. Just go with the flow. It’s a practice. I, too, live in a beautiful area. The mountains still take my breath away…and I’ve lived here all my life. Definitely something to be grateful for. And, of course, hugging the children and grandchildren. So glad you got to do that. Take care. Enjoy the season!

  5. Hi Christie – love the new place – thanks for the sneak peak inside! And your Spring sounds like it was pretty darn good. Well done on finishing 2 jigsaws – quite an achievement! And on all your fitness goals being met.
    Always love your positive and proactive posts xx #MLSTL

    • Hello Leanne. Thanks for the kind words. I enjoyed the jigsaws once I got in the swing of things. There has been so much going on around here, it was a nice, calming distraction. I hope all is well with you. Take care and enjoy!

  6. Well done, Christie and congratulations on moving into your beautiful new home. The kitchen is just beautiful. I’m pleased you enjoyed the 7 Day Healthy Eating Challenge and took some goals away with you. Sounds like Spring was very productive for you despite COVID-19! Enjoy your Summer and thanks for sharing with us at #MLSTL. xx

    • Thank you Sue. We still have a lot to do to get fully settled in the house, but it’s already feeling like home. We are very happy with it. All things considered, spring treated us pretty well. Thank you for #MLSTL and the healthy eating challenge!

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