Monday, July 25, 2011

Part Two: How I live a simple 'country' life in the city.....

This is part two of my response to an e-mail I received from Miss Gina out west. She and her family have relocated from a very small, rural town to a big city and was asking my advice on how to adjust.  Well Gina, first and foremost I want you to remember that while you have been thrust into a world that measures your 'coolness' by how fancy your 'ride' is, how expensive your clothes are, and how massive your house is,  your life is not defined by these things. It will be hard, but don't lose sight of who you are and where you're from. Keep a firm grip on those small-town values you grew up with. I'll be the first to admit that at times I've lost sight of these things, but thank God for friends 'back home' that remind me from time to time to never forget that I'm still and always be a 'small-town girl' at heart. So, here we go:

First of all - and I admit this was the hardest for me - don't be a slave to fashion. I was like a kid in a candy shop when I saw all the wonderful clothes I was surrounded by and I still have to have my credit card yanked away from me reign myself in.
Fact is, at the end of the day, nothin' beats my old tattered jeans and worn-out cowboy boots. They're like long-lost friends. Yep, people look at me real funny when I wear 'em, but that's okay. If they don't 'get it', then they just don't get it.

Kind of like my house. When I first moved here I decorated my house just like I thought I was 'supposed' to. It was beautiful but when you decorate from someone else then you're really not going to be happy.
So, when I moved to my new neighborhood I decorated the way I wanted to. True, some people don't get my way of putting fresh roses in mason jars with a ribbon tied around the top, but that's okay. Those that 'get' my creativity love it! Those that don't? Who cares? It's my house! And it makes me happy!

Surround yourself with things that you find beautiful.

Create quiet places throughout your home....

and warm, homey spaces...

Whenever possible, get off the beaten path....

take the road less travelled...

Give yourself time...while there's no place like home, you will acclimate to your surroundings!

As for the rest of you readers - how many of you have had to relocate to the city? What did YOU do to make the transition from country to city life. OR, are you a city person and you had to adjust to country life? We'd love to hear your perspective!

Until next time,


Friday, July 15, 2011

I'll be back soon!

I'm just finishing up "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" manuscript. It HAS to be to my editor by 4:00 TODAY. After that, I'm all yours and can't wait to get you all caught up. Hope you're having a great summer. Please drop me a note and let me know how your summer is going. Hearing from you makes me happy!