Struggling to keep my head above water here in Boulder, CO, which is colder than my memory of it, and much more challenging than expected, it is hard to imagine that life might be easier. And although I am so incredibly grateful to be living in a beautiful and special place that has always felt like home, my heart and soul are crying out for something way more expansive, fun, joyous and delicious than what my current life circumstances offer.
Having been steeped in the spiritual belief that the only limitations in life are those which we impose (mostly unwittingly) upon ourselves, and steadfastly clinging to my opulent and celebratory nature, I am still holding out for my dreams to become my reality.
So now I am truly committed to managing my attitude and emotions, noticing when I dip into negative thinking, and consciously releasing those thoughts and beliefs moment by moment. And I am committed to dreaming. I am actually looking at fantasy kitchens, both indoor and outdoor, beautiful and unique home decor, exotic destinations and Michelin-starred restaurants. I imagine skiing in the Italian Alps, learning to make pasta with an Italian nonna living in an ancient hill town, riding horses with my beloved (still to come), sailing the Greek Isles on my honeymoon, riding bikes and tasting wine through Burgundy or Bordeaux, creating a cooking school, preparing elaborate al fresco dinners, and hosting impromptu jam sessions in the gorgeous, warm and inviting home that my future husband and I have made together. Anything is possible, and I am hoping that the more I focus on my dreams, the more likely they are to manifest.
Recently, my dear friend, Christina Thomas, posted images on FaceBook of renovated kitchens and bathrooms amazingly transformed by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the wildly popular HGTV show, “Fixer Upper.” I first was exposed to the show a few years ago when visiting my mother in Florida, and she and I binge-watched the first two seasons. It was breathtaking to see how the couple turned ruins of houses into unbelievably beautiful, state of the art homes, often on a limited budget. I rewatched those first two seasons on Netflix this past year, and, since I don’t have cable, I have been impatiently waiting for the next season to be available.
So when I saw Christina’s FaceBook post and then clicked on the links, the images on Joanna’s blog lit up my heart and soul, and reminded me how fun and delicious it is to fantasize about one’s ideal kitchen, or home space. I immediately signed up with Joanna’s blog, putting myself on her email list, so I can really immerse myself in imagining the life I am destined for.
In case you happen to be like me, in the dreaming stage, or if you actually have the means to design the home of your dreams right now, I recommend that you dive in and enjoy perusing the beautiful offerings that this talented couple is making available.
Here is the link to Joanna’s blog, “At Home”: https://magnoliamarket.com/blog/. I hope that it inspires you to imagine what your dream home might look like, and to reinforce the belief that magic is real, and that it is fully available to you!
And that’s amrita’s table!