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Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself. 
For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed. 
For a very long time I have equated my worth with …

Backyard Inspiration - Part 5

Although it has been simply frigid here for the last week with only a slight reprieve forecast for next week, I have decided to move on from winter. I've had enough! So that said, I am now planning out phase 2 of our backyard makeover. Here are a few pictures that have inspired me of late.
I love the segments of wood decking and grass. I find that it not only adds visual interest but it creates little rooms in the back yard which I like. I also find wood much warmer than stone so I am partial to this type of a look.  
I really like the way the wood has been created to form a dividing wall here and I absolutely have to have a gas fire pit. After converting our non functioning wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace this year, I just can't get enough of the look and feel of them. Marshmallows anyone?
all pics via my Pinterest

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