Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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Living in a Staged 🏡 House

Have you wanted to live in one of those houses that look perfect, like in Fixer Upper or another decorating show? Well, I thought it would be interesting, but I didn’t think it would happen.

Enter: New job, moving to a new state, selling our house, SO in order to help our house sell, our realtor introduced us to a stager that came in last Wednesday and made our house look like a model house! We saw how it looked, and then took off to our new home for a few days. Seeing our home so clean and pretty brought a peace to my mind that I had not had for a while.

Now, how is it living in this beautiful home? Well, it is harder than it looks! Since our house is on the market, we have to make sure everything is all in its exact place that the stager placed it when we leave. It is like living in a hotel. I’m enjoying how beautiful the pillows look on the bed, but it holds me back from just flopping on the bed to rest…it is harder to just live in.

I’m thankful for this experience and that it will help our house sell. I’m thankful we only have to live in this kind of house for a few days and then we can get back to living in a not perfect place.

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2018

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

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Perfection is Not the Goal…Just Set a Goal!

I find some great quotes from LinkedIn’s idea of the day, and a few days ago, they shared this one about what to focus on:

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends and Family!

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I’m thankful for you — I sure enjoy sharing thoughts, recipes, photos…life…with you! I’m thankful for God, my husband, my baby, home, community, trees, flowers, photography…

Today we are having a small Thanksgiving, but we are full of gratitude!

Have a wonderful holiday.

~Mary Hope

 

Copyright 2017

 

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope


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Peaceful Focus


“Focusing is about saying No.” -Steve Jobs

Saying “No,” marks a boundary, making space for what you desire to create, and even though it hurts to reject a person or an idea, protecting that space will result in momentum toward your goal.

For example, this last year as I was teaching middle school English, I had to say “No,” to hanging out with friends on Sunday night because I had to mentally prepare to be ready to teach. In order to be focused, my No helped!

Being able to say no eliminates distractions.

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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Picking Maryland Crab

We are visiting friends in Maryland right now, and they treated us is freshly boiled crab with bay spice. Here’s the process:

First cover the table with brown paper, and get the wooden hammers ready to whacking the claws:

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