Things are getting real right now. I'm working on a large project redesigning a mid-century building in NE Portland for veterinary clinic and teaching space. This is no ordinary vet clinic. It's for a Chinese Medicine Practitioner who was originally a traditional vet. The space is going to be amazing. Nothing like the sterile and scary vet offices that stress our pets out. It's warm and healing. The flooring is heavily textured and soft, and it's not carpet! We did away with the fluorescent lights and are installing LED's with linen shades on dimmer switches. I'm making and refurbishing furniture from some old and some new wood, with wool upholstery for ultimate comfort and durability. I'm totally excited to be reimagining this space. Making it sensible, cozy, healing, purposeful....all fostering connection!
But, time to get on with the real part. This large project has also meant that my family and I have to switch up our routines a bit. Oh, and did I mention I blew my knee skiing this weekend...like really blew it! So, I'm hobbling around barely able to walk. can't squat down. Meaning my husband is juggling. He has to help out more with our daughter, and the house in general, and he has to walk the dog. Me walking our pulling puppy is completely out of the question. My daughter also has to be more independent. We are all taking on new roles right now as I'm embarking on an adventure, expanding into my career. I'm making the transition from being at home taking care of everyone and everything around here. We are all feeling the growing pains, yet, I know it's good for all of us.
I'm up at 3:00 this morning. My daughter had a nightmare, the dog had to be let out and I couldn't get back to sleep with an aching knee and so much racing through my brain. I'm whirling a little this morning thinking of all that's going on around me and reminded of a quote from Viktor Frankl that my daughter's school shared at the last parent coffee (she has an amazing school!), "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." Aaahhhhh.....