Today Will Have No Regrets

I like to wake up each day with hope.

Without fail, the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is go look out the window. Nine times out of ten, I’ll announce, “Oh! It’s beautiful outside!” It’s all in how we look at it, right?

It’s hard to wake up each day with hope when you don’t know exactly what you’re hoping for. There were certainly days before we moved to Germany that I wasn’t really sure what I should be hoping for or what I should be working toward. That place of loss is hard. It’s being in a fog, and the only way out is to climb or fly above that layer settled in the valley.

I think we’ve all been there at some point.

We’ve had some really great conversations on clothes and crafting our homes this week. Those things you’re sharing? Those bits of memory and bits of confusion? They’re┬ápart of what makes our story. They’re what makes us feel real.

I squeezed in a few moments to work on my “Love Where We Live” journal through the week. Did you pause to write? (Did you join our facebook challenge?)

This morning, I had every intention of sharing those pages. Something whispered in my heart as I woke up this morning and went to the window. The wind howled. Snow blew against the windows. And the sun fought to peek into the tire house if only for a brief second.

It was hope.

It was a feeling that life is good. And even when it’s not as good? No regrets.

To make this journal page:

  1. I used a square punch to cut out the gold square and a heart punch to cut out a piece of German vellum paper that comes in the “Love Where We Live” journal.
  2. I folded the heart in half to give me a guideline, then stitched it to the square with my sewing machine. With double-sided tape, I stuck it in my journal.
  3. I wrote “Today will have no regrets” and outlined the gold square with black marker and a few colored markers to add some highlights.
  4. To round it out, I printed the text from this blog post and cut the page to size. I used my date stamp in the lower right corner and wrote “on the blog” in green. (I put the pages in my “She: Me, My Heart, My World” journal. That’s it!

So are you ready for a day of no regrets? Ready for an awesome weekend? Ready for HOPE? Let’s chat.