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Room for Improvement

Aug 03, 2020 05:38PM ● By Shannon Mc Kenzie

This week has given me troubles, in that I want desperately to be positive, but I spend at least part of each day feeling anxious, worried, even weak-legged. COVID-19, and the uncertainty surrounding what seems like everything, has taken a toll on many of us. It seems like bad news is everywhere, and even though I know that there are a lot of really positive, beautiful things happening, and that it took a pandemic to produce this beauty, I still feel overwhelmed at times.

My horoscope earlier this week, on what would have been my mom’s 72nd birthday, I took as a sign: “Don’t settle for less. If you want more, do what’s necessary and don’t complain. Take charge of your life.” This week I find myself reimagining what it looks like to take charge of my life—to work through these moments of anxiousness rather than fighting them; to not be upset by uncertain feelings, but instead to use them to discern what’s truly important to me and ultimately what I want. “Don’t complain” is a little more difficult. Frankly, I rather enjoy complaining.

So before addressing this horoscope to-do list, I have a complaint. Natural Awakenings Charlotte and Claudia Josephine Design are running a contest for people doing home-improvement projects using repurposed materials; the deadline to enter is August 31; and because I am one of the few entrants, at this point it looks like I just might win (scroll down to see entries thus far).

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Home Improvement Contest - Repurposed Materials

Natural Awakenings Charlotte and Claudia Josephine Design are sponsoring a Home Improvement contest for readers using repurposed products Read More » 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m quite proud of the cabinet-refacing project I recently completed, I tend to be competitive, and I would really like the grand prize: a virtual interior-paint consultation valued at $225, compliments of Claudia Josephine Design. 

Claudia Josephine Design Offers Virtual Interior Paint Color Consultations

Claudia Josephine Design Offers Virtual Interior Paint Color Consultations

Homeowners can get needed paint color help even at this time of stay-at-home Read More » 


But it really is completely wrong for me to win. So please enter the contest. Taking on a home-improvement project is a great way to channel anxiety and stress, and it gives you a great sense of accomplishment. And if you make a mistake, I’ll bet I’ve made a worse one. I’ll even send you pictures to make you feel better.

Finally, please visit our new to see all our articles; our business directory, calendar events and guest blog; our home-improvement entries thus far and more. For a limited time, you’ll get a 60-minute massage for just $29 when you sign up for our email list.

$29 Massage - Sign Up for Natural Awakenings Charlotte Email List, Home Improvement Contest Extended

Wishing you light at the end of the tunnel, and an amazing home-improvement project along the way this month,


Shannon McKenzie

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