I am happy to say that things have turned around quite nicely since my last post. Now, this was something I knew would happen. I knew when everyone was telling me, “everything will be fine in the end” that they would be right. I knew that the little “mistakes” and “imperfections” would fade away as the beauty of the decor and overall look of the condo took over. However, when you are in the moment, staring at those imperfections, those comments don’t really mean anything to you. In those moments it isn’t about what it will be, it’s about what is.  That’s not true with everything for me, just when you are spending a lot of money to pay professionals to do a job you expect to be perfect. That’s when it’s hard to look past the imperfections.

Anyway, that phase is over, and while I can still see some of the imperfections, they are starting to fade as time goes on.  We still have a lot of work to do, but at least it is livable now.  We aren’t rushing on the decor, so the pictures you see below may look a little empty.  However, if you scan down to my previous post and see the before pictures you will appreciate the differences:

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I can’t tell you how much everything has changed since we moved into our own space. I had no idea how much staying in a small bedroom in someone else’s home affected me. To now be able to wake up and have the whole house to ourselves is so freeing and inspiring. I feel like my mind has opened up and I have such a clearer vision of everything. I am starting to actually SEE the views from our condo and appreciate the town that we live in. I can’t imagine what it will be like when we come down next year and almost everything is done and we can relax and enjoy.

 

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Our Home Away From Home

Last Friday morning we packed up our “home” and headed South towards warmer weather. Our time at Table Rock had drew to an end, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. When I dropped the keys, walkie talkie, etc off Friday morning to our maintenance friends they pleaded, “can’t you stay?” They told us we are welcomed back anytime and the park won’t be the same without us. This meant a lot coming from seasoned employees that we only had the pleasure of working with for 3 short weeks. I quickly realized that “home” can easily be transported with a cozy 20 ft camper and welcoming neighbors.

But, as we broke the camper down on a bone chilling 23 degree dark morning, we knew that Venice, Fl was the logical next stop for us. You see, Venice has been a place we have been coming to for over 8 years, and a place Erik has been coming to since his parents bought their condo in 1989. Every year we come we find new beaches, new biking paths, new restaurants, and more reasons to fall in love. The weather never disappoints, staying in a consistent range of 6580 degrees and sunny during the day. We arrive in Venice every year with a big exhale and a smile on our faces. We look at each other and think or say, “home”.

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Our first week here has been so pleasant. I think we have seen 5 clouds since we have arrived. Lol. The blue skies, turquoise waters, and pink sunsets have mixed well with the Christmas Lights, Snowmen, and Santa Hats lining the streets. It looks unnaturally natural!

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So, here we are in the sunshine state. Walking an average of 5 miles a day with Gunner, in a much different landscape than last location. Flat roads as opposed to rugged mountains. Flip Flops have replaced our hiking boots. Bike rides daily with Gunner in his basket, stealing hearts as we ride by.  Coffee and croissants at our local favorites. Creamsicle ice cream cones at the famous Nokomis Grove.  Living it up with the other snowbirds. Happy as hell and loving life!

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Beach Workout and Yoga

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This morning I decided to head down to Venice Beach early to do some Yoga.  I arrived at the beach a little before 8am, just in time to watch over 100 Yogi’s filing onto the beach to do some “Free Yoga with Elin”.  I opted not to do THIS Yoga, since it is very low impact based on the elderly clientele.  Instead, I walked about 100 yards down the beach and set up my beach towel, Ipad to listen to my Yoga Mix (Jai Uttal, Eddie Vedder, Krishna Das, etc) and my cheat sheet (Tara Stiles Yoga Book)  I practiced for about 40 minutes, and it was nice to notice slight improvements starting to happen. Continue reading

My Personal Yoga Challenge: Day One

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After abusing my body for 32 years, I have come to the realization that something needs to change.  I have played sports my whole life, and played sports HARD!  I topped my career as a college basketball player, and before spent my life playing 3 sports.  My body has been banged, sprained, bruised, broken, screened, slide tackled…you get the point. I would practice/play hard for 2 hours without any stretching or recovery.  Needless to say, I am now a hot mess.  In the words of my massage therapist, “my heart breaks for you” and “you are top 3 tightest people I have massaged in my career”.  I usually love top 3 finishes, but not in this category! Continue reading