I am a long time subscriber to House Beautiful and when Bee Cottage first appeared in the magazine in 2011, I knew I was seeing something special. I eagerly awaited each issue to see more, more, more! Like many other readers, I fell hard for this sweet little bungalow. It was just such an oasis, a retreat for the soul. When I heard that Frances wrote a book about it, I was delighted. When I read the book, I was literally hugging it so many times and being SO grateful for her utter transparency in those pages. It filled me with SO MUCH HOPE! She went through very tough times and came out on the other side. As I am traveling along the winding road of life and hitting some rough spots, I am incredibly thankful for stories like this which offer hope – stick with it, some how, some way, it will work out, if you don’t give up.
While the photos of the home are deliciously inspiring, this book – for me at least – is more about the importance of finding our place in our own life. Here is a woman who had it “all,” a fabulous high-profile career, jet-setting lifestyle, went to incredibly “posh” parties/galas, and yet, she wasn’t truly happy and fulfilled – this is empowering to me. I’ve lived in Beverly Hills and Manhattan, and I know that all that glitters isn’t necessarily gold, and yet, I have still so often fallen into the “I’ll be happy when…” trap. Reading this book, was a lovely refresher to me on the importance of discovering what you really want your life to look like, and then adjusting to make that happen.
This book was particularly timely for me because I am currently reassessing much of my life. I’m examining my goals, my dreams, my daily living and trying to come up with a plan. This blog isn’t going anywhere by the way – I’m a creative gal, and I always will be, and this is my primary outlet for that so no worries on that front! But, I am putting everything else “on the table” and examining it to see what should stay, go, or be modified. One thing I’m seriously considering is renting out my townhouse and moving into a smaller home in a nearby town. My townhouse is actually worth more to me as a rental (because of the good deal I got when I bought it!) and could provide some positive cash flow – which is always a good thing.
But the idea of moving is overwhelming no matter how you slice it. I haven’t decided for sure, I am praying about this, but I’m trying to be open to all ideas, even out of the box ones like this. And while I do feel an element of fear in the face of all this change, I also feel excitement about getting onto surer financial footing. I’m also starting a new job, and of course, my book is in the works, as well as a few other projects too. Challenges abound though, and I am trying to sift through what challenges are meant to help and which aren’t. I liked reading how Frances waded through those too. Life isn’t straight forward, and so we have to fight to stay peaceful even in tough times. Fighting for peace sounds like such an oxymoron, doesn’t it?!
As I am looking at the different properties on the market, I find myself turning even more to the inspiration found at Bee Cottage. Many of the homes that I am looking at are small like this, and it encourages me to think of what I could do with my own little cottage. Very soon, we just might find out, because you know I will share the journey with you!
If you haven’t purchased a copy yet, I encourage you to get The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness right away! (this is an Amazon affiliate link, by the way) The hardcover copy is temporarily out of stock on Amazon but they’ll get it back soon and only charge you when it ships, but the kindle version is available right now!
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement, you all mean so much to me! I will definitely keep you posted. I’m also working on a little video I hope to have ready for you soon. I ran into some technical difficulties when I tried to film it last weekend, so I’ve got to do it again!
I hop you are having a blessed week.
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