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Out with the Old

My husband and I have been busy every weekend renovating the downstairs of our house, and now that pumpkin everything is popping up where ever you look, I’m feeling the pressure to finish by the holidays!

We LOVE fixer upper stuff, so we do most of the work ourselves (if you’re curious, follow along on my Instagram or Facebook stories). Even though it’s beyond exhausting, it’s incredibly rewarding at the same time.

A few years ago, we painted the outside of our house black and white, and I got the bug to bring the same clean palette inside. I painted almost every room in the downstairs of our house a lovely, bright but soft, white, and we installed new floors much lighter than our old ones.

Every day when I wake up to the changes, I feel so refreshed. It’s amazing how much your surroundings affect your state of mind.

One thing I noticed as we changed the foundational color scheme, much of the décor throughout the house just didn’t fit the new palette. As I put certain pictures back up on the wall or particular pieces of furniture back in place–even throw pillows on the couch—I noticed they just didn’t belong anymore (you can imagine how excited my husband was about that).

The new was laughing at the old.

My grandmother told me once after changing her carpet, “The problem is, now the carpet is laughing at the curtains.” What she meant is that the new carpet was making the old curtains stick out like a sore thumb.

Have you ever noticed when you make changes in your life there are some old ways and old habits or even commitments that just don’t serve you anymore? I’m here to tell you that’s a good thing!

It’s time to change things up. It doesn’t mean the old thing was a bad thing. It has served its purpose, but it is time for the NEW.

As you pursue MORE in your life, your family, your business, you will find there are some things that will not fit in with the new. Don’t be afraid to let go.

Have a ceremony if you need to. Celebrate what was and make way for what is to come.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates

What routine, habit, way of doing things, mindset, weekly commitment, activity needs to change for you? What MORE are you making room for?

Let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on and celebrate your progress.

There is more,

Tracey Metzger
tracey@ftgi.org

Tracey Metzger is the co-founder and President of For the Girls International, Inc. Her passion is to see women awakened to their unique purpose and empowered to use their unique gifts to share the hope and love of God with a hurting world. As a speaker and writer, Tracey’s refreshingly honest, down-to-earth approach encourages and inspires her audiences to live and move in the fullness of who God created them to be. Through various avenues, Tracey spends her days connecting with women of all ages and walks of life and inviting them into a sisterhood of love, support, and encouragement. She loves meeting women and hearing their stories. Whether you’re attending an FTGI event, reading her blog, or sitting across the table from her at Starbucks, you will find yourself utterly engaged in what Tracey has to say. You will also feel loved and understood. Her willingness to share her personal experiences and thoughts allows for any woman of any background to receive a message that is relatable, relevant, and motivational. Tracey and her husband of 32 years, Dan, have lived in Tampa Bay since 1993. They are blessed with two grown sons, a teenage daughter, and lovely daughter-in-law and a sweet granddaughter.

6 Comments
  • Michelle Pagliarulo
    Posted at 08:14h, 03 November Reply

    Oh Tracey… thanks for that encouraging word. Miss you and your beautiful family

    • FTGI
      Posted at 12:46h, 03 November Reply

      So glad you enjoyed it, Michelle!! Miss you too! We need a reunion!! ~ Tracey xo

  • Grace
    Posted at 10:43h, 03 November Reply

    I love this and I couldn’t agree more. Perfect for this season of Fall also. Out with the old and in with the new. My life has been a slow progression of this concept but it’s been ramping up of late. Thank you for this wonderful blog post.

    • FTGI
      Posted at 12:48h, 03 November Reply

      I totally get the slow progression thing… I have experienced that in my own life! Glad it spoke to you! ~ Tracey

  • John Layden
    Posted at 03:06h, 08 November Reply

    Great prospective. You are becoming a sage.

    • FTGI
      Posted at 07:55h, 08 November Reply

      It’s in the genes 😉 TM xo

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